Beaver (1589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Smoked Porter poured a dark black with a semi-creamy tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Suprisingly, there was not much of an aroma to this beer just a slight malt smell. I wasn't very impressed with the taste either. It had a very bitter, hoppy finish for a porter. As it warmed a roasted malty start became more pronounced. I was expecting a lot from this beer and was pretty disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it was nowhere near what I though it would be. I didn't notice any smokiness in the nose or taste either.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, ruby edges, and fading beige head. Roasty aroma with some char/smoke but not heavy. Elements of charred wood in the flavor plus some medium bitterness. Body feels flimsy. Good, but not on my list of favorites from Stone.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a thick tan head. I typically do not care much for smoked beers, but this one had great character and flavor.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
im not into smoked porters but this was decent it seems to have a chocolate taste which i did like
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice opaque color with hints of smoke and chocolate. However, there has always been some kind of conflict in the aftertaste on this beer. Its too funky and subtle. A very nice smoked porter, but average at best for the style. The 6th Anniversary blows this away. Not heavy enough.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Purchased from Norm's in Vienna, Va. for $5.99 each. Poured out about as you'd expect. Rich dark chocolate brown, with red highlights. It has a huge tan head at first, and it slowly faded back to a thick, chewy lacing on top of the beer. Aromas are of sweet molasses, chewy caramel malts, dark roast coffee, and slight smokiness in the background. Tastes are of french roasted coffee, sweet molasses, burnt malts, and smoky oak barrels. Dry & slightly astringent on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy, but not overly so.
Very strong smoke taste in the aftertaste. Slight hops bitterness make a brief appearance, only to vanish in thin air & become overwhelmed by the smokiness of the beer. A decent effort from Stone.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice creamy tan head. Almost opaque brown, but has these cool red highlights when held up to a light bulb. Faint smoke aroma, with chocolate and malt notes. There is a malt (patent/ roasted) astringency, coupled with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy... chewable stuff. The aftertaste has a few smoke notes, but is still dominated by the dark malts and hops. Not a real rauchbier in my book, but a damn fine porter. I nuked the last part of this beer (oh, the heresy), and it brought out much more of the malt aromas, bready, and maybe some yeast notes. Flavor is much more complex warmed up to about room temp. Heck, maybe I'll turn it into coffee temp. next. Yummy!
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was nice that the smoke wasn't overpowering, but otherwise a so/so porter.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good - but not as extreme as I'm used to stone's brews being. I was hoping for a bit more punch. Do they do a version of the imperial porter?
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nose was absolutely smokeless, but nonetheless smelled wonderful, as any good porter does. Distinct bitterness in the flavour. It was very creamy as I started drinking it, but became less so as time passed. Very good beer.