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RATINGS: 2355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A rich, dark and delicious porter with chocolate and coffee overtones accented by a subtle smokiness from just the right amount of peat smoked malt. Unlike a rauchbier, the "smoke" in Stone Smoked Porter is an ELEMENT of the character rather than being THE character. -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4678) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5124) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
This is the only Stone beer I didn't like. I don't like the combination of smoked and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Perfect Porter appearance - from the ruby tinges to the thin lasting tiny bubbled head. Great smoked balance, fairly hoppy. Just delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Reddish hue, not as fully black as I would have anticipated. Effervescent but not overwhelming smoke, mild and balanced. Creamy palate. Very nice. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)

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