VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque dark mahogany. Creamy and sticky tan head. Light carbonation. Roasted and black malt aroma. Medium bodied, lightly airy. Nicely malted with black and roasted caramel notes and bittersweet chocolate. Earthy and fairly dry with a wisp of smokiness, more like a burnt flavor than a ’true’ fennel stuffed sausage smoked flavor. Satisfying regardless. Lightly hopped. Bittersweet and light acidic black malt finish. Lingering roasted and lightly woody aftertaste. A solid porter, smoked or not. Thanks Trap.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just for transparency’s sake, I have to start out by saying that I can’t stand smoked beer. That said, I was shocked to find that I really enjoyed this one. The aroma is coffee, not smoke, and the flavor has coffee and chocolate. It isn’t really until the finish that you catch the hint of smoke, which is all very well balanced with a touch of hoppy bitterness. It is a remarkably stately beer, with every flavor balancing with something else just behind, which makes it almost like Beethoven -- sometimes shockingly stark, but always balanced out. I would seek this beer out again.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn this is a good beer! Coffee and chocolate aroma is very appealing. The taste is a combination of both those flavors, together with a hint of smokiness and medium bitterness. The result is something sublime. Relatively small head atop a black body. Incidentally, I would classify this beer as a robust porter, as the smokiness is not a major player in the flavor.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark black, slight red hues when put under light. taste slight sweet roasted coffee and a dark black malty bitterness. mellow smoke, slightly cedar tasting. smoke is mellow and comes late to complement the coffee. Reminds me of the Alaskan Smoked Porter as that it left me wanting more smoke. An excellent beer however. Thanks Greg
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice multi-layered mostly malty aroma.
The porter is subltley smoky as advertised. This
is a nice porter, however I don’t believe it is as complex
as say Fuller’s. Nice effort from Stone, however. Although
that is kinda redundant, as all of Stone’s products are very good.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love tha flavor! Nice and burnt, not too bitter. Can’t wait to try other beers from Stone.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little too burnt for me. But still a good one. Nice head, good aroma, and a nice finish.
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 This is interesting --eat with barbeque. Very dark brown, with some fat tan resinous foam and translucent edges, this looks like a schwarzbier -- less proteins than a typical English porter. While both the smoke and the aroma are on the medium-light side, the flavors of dark roast are easily appreciable with hints of smoke as complement. The finish is a hoppy tang with a peaty pepper also present. A very enjoyable and interesting beer.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, Black in color; Tan head was fluffy and lingered for a short time; Aroma was very typical of a porter- where’s the smoke?
Oily in the mouth like a good porter should be. The smoke is very restrained- much less then I have had in any other ’smoked’ beers. I actually liked this beer much better then my final rate score, but the numbers hold true- nothing much more then a good porter.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted aroma. Weak roasted flavor, thin body. Long and strong roasted/smokey finish.