drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown/red with little to no head to speak of. Smells of smoke and chocolate. Ultra smooth really, a medium-heavy body and a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. chocolate and coffee in the flavor, and finishes off smokey. Pretty nice.
Aurelius (4651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Ginger Man, NYC. Char aroma with berry or raisin and cocoa. Deep ruby black-brown. Damn smooth. Creosote, plum smokey in the back palate. A perfect blend with the toasted turkey and brie sub. Sturdy enough, but not too chewy for session.
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is the only Stone beer I didn't like. I don't like the combination of smoked and bitter.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a syrupy brown only to settle in the glass as super dark brown, nearly black, excellent lookin' porter. Firm thick, inch tall tannish cocoa colored head that fades slowly leaving hazy thin placed sheets of crispy looking lace all over the glass. Absolutely gorgeous!
Aroma is nice steady sweet chocolate/cocoa, very smooth, rich, and a great smokey richness of roasted deep chocolate and black malts. Even a slight coffeeness noted. Yum!
Taste is quite exceptional, excellently done of smooth sweet chocolate up front, tones of roastyness settle in quickly of smoked black malts. Rich, luscious, and a super interior hop bitterness of mild abode that picks up in the finish with some more roasty smokeyness and hoppy, earthed bitterness and slight dryness of coffee and twinged chocolate late. Good full feel, solid creamyness all through and an excellent lingering finish of slight smoke, what a shock; not.
The drinkability on this is amazing - smooth, rich, creamy, and easy. Thank goodness it comes in the 22oz bomber to help keep the glass full longer, at least for a little while anyway.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thick tan lasting head with a good amount of lacing. Smokey(barbeque0 malt aroma with a touch of sweetness. Slightly sweet malty flavor with smokey notes and a touch of bitterness. The finish is slightly bitter and smokey with chocolate notes. Full bodied and smooth.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep brown/mahogony. Nice light tan head that diminishes. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hint of smoke, touch of chocolate and maybe some hops. Medium bodied, smooth, almost creamy wih wonderful roasted, sweet malt flavors that blanket the evident but not obvious smoke character. Hints of coffee bitterness throughout, not much in the way of chocolate overtones but no matter, this is fantastic. The body is most impressive for a porter and the smoke used provides memorable character.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty & roasty aroma - nice warming malt base with some smokiness throughout - like hickory. Nicely balanced though - not like some smoked beers that taste like you just sucked on an ashtray.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect Porter appearance - from the ruby tinges to the thin lasting tiny bubbled head. Great smoked balance, fairly hoppy. Just delicious.
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in colour, almost completely opaque, but when stretched at the sides...some lighter brown shows through. A nice large-bubbled brown head tops the beer, with adequate lacing on the sides. The smell is typically that of a normal Porter, a small amount of smoke and tobacco, but pretty subtle. The mouthful is nice, not too thin, not too thick and the carbonation is not overwhelming. The flavour is pretty good, definately smokey and some chocolate and roasted malt tones are picked up. A pretty good beer, but thats really what you come to expect from Stone. I've been looking forward to trying this, and I wasn't disapointed.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nifty beer. Although light doesn't seem to penetrate much, it doesn't have the molasses-like clinging consistency of similarly dark beers. The head, beige in nature slowly but surely faded to virtual nothingness. The aroma was fascinating, spruce, chocolate, and a bit of smoke and Ajax powder. The flavor initially smacked of spruce, with a touch of a gum flavor from my childhood called pepsin. As it warmed, the spruce faded, the bitter chocolate came forward a bit, and the smoke served a nice complimentary, but not at all dominating role. Interesting, and remarkably refreshing in nature. Perhaps not the first beer I would always reach for, but very, very well made. Hats off to Greg Koch et al.