BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good head and aroma, very chocolatey smelling but the flavour was quite smoked out. Like I was liking charcoal, bit still a pretty good chewy beer with a nice finish.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Now this is a porter. Nice smoked malt flavor. Wasn't real heavy.
thedm (4997) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please?
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth roasted malt flavor. Small creamy foam head. Gives hints of smoked meat in the flavor, but is complimented with thin sweet hops flavor. An exelent dark beer that would compliment a nice rich meal greatly.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate and toasted malt. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice withstanding head. Flavor is excellent with malt sweetness, toasted malt, smoked malt, chocolate, and some hop bitterness to back it up. Not overpowering like some other smoke brews. Another fine brew from Stone.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This may sound odd but the first thing that jumped into my mind upon smelling this beer was olives then firewood. During the pour you can see the yeast but as the glass fills it becomes completely black. The flavor is good but I prefer the taste of Youngs Double Chocolate better but this is still great.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brownish-black color with a cream colored head that held down to the bottom. I think the smoky flavor is the highlight of this beer and its most distinguishing quality - not overpowering though. Tastes and smells of bacon. Semi-creamy mouthfeel that is well balanced between the chocolate malt and hops. Very good brew.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and Black. . . A large off white white bubbly head sounds like rice krispies. A pleasant smoky aroma, contains small amounts of bacon and ham, but more roasted oats and malt than other smoked beers I have had, though light in alcohol content, a small amount of sweet alcohol is also present in the aroma. Creamy mouth feel, definitely a good amount of smoke on the palate, but wonderfully balanced by chocolate, roasted malts and even a touch of hops in the finish. Wonderfully done Smoke.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a glacial black with noticeable lively carbonation and the most beautiful creamy tannish orange head i have just about ever seen and tasted across my palate and my lips. The aroma danced coffee and roasty smokiness and malt. Almost hints of an aged quality to the gargantuan beast. The taste cries of coffee, espresso, a thin chocolateness, and oh that smokey quality. A bit thin in retrospect given the smokeyness, but still unbelievable. That creamy head provides a break between the smokey carbonation and the bittering hop ending. A subtlely wet ending for a smoked porter. Very delectable, now if only one could find the perfect women to go with a damn good beer we'd be set.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I will preface this with the fact that I am not a fan of smoke flavor in anything. So, I am trying to rate it without my own personal bias. It was very dark black with a really light tan head. Low carbonation that is usually associated with this style. Smoked aroma with coffee and roasted malts. The smoke aroma was not artificial like it is with some other smoked beers. The roasted malts really come through and the smoke is subtle yet very present. Some bitter chocolate flavor are also present.