jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours out of the big bottle with a deep ruby color and a thick, creamy tan head. It looked just like the picture, except I’m drinking it out of a Great Lakes glass. The nose is very malty with enough smoke to evoke a honey-baked ham. This is a very smooth drinking beer with strong malt support to the very nice smoke hints. Plenty of hops to balance this beer, with a nice bitter finish. I still think the Alaskan is a better smoke, but this is a damn fine beer that I can buy in Ohio.
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 Bottle... The aroma is great. It’s moderately malty, with a fairly strong burnt smell and hints of moasses and strong coffee. Smoke, alcohol and just a hint of charcoal comes through in the nose as well. The color of the beer is dark brown to black and the light brown, creamy head is average in size and mostly lasting. The lacing is good. Initially, in flavor, the beer is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. On the back side, it’s lightly acidic and moderately bitter. The finish really lasts and has just a whisper of salt and a nice hint of smoke. Creamy, full mouthfeel. Lively carbonation and leaves a light smack of alcohol on your tongue Stone just brews really good beers.
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Smoke evident right away in the aroma and head. The chocolate head maintains nicely. Flavor is nice smoky malt. <<Rerated from draft 2/15/2008 ... this sample was much sweeter than I’d expected. Tan top, moderate lacing. This came across more with a bittersweet chocolate essence more so than any very distinguishable smokiness.>>
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent smoked porter. I sensed so much of a ghosty quality in this beer that it nearly scared my pants off. My pants came off shortly after, but for completely unrelated reasons.
Best smoked porter Ive had thus far.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially sweet and a little ghosty, that fades into a dry slightly smokey finish. This is a superb beer. A little more smoke flavor would be good, but it’s hard to complain.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess what I want from a smoked beer is for it to be the outstanding characteristic rather than such a minor player. The smoke really didn’t come out until the finish and not until it was nearly room temperature. I would hope for much more smoke. Quite fruity, coffee in the aroma, some chocolate in the flavour. Pours very pretty.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly smokey, not much though. It’s a nice porter, some nice chocolate, and coffee notes on the palate. The finish diminishes quickly. I find the slight smoke to be on the finish, A good one to try if you’re curious about smoked beer, because it really doesn’t overwhelm you.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The one Stone beer I do not like. When they say smoked porter they mean SMOKED. It is too smoky for my tastes. It is a great beer to look at and it can blend well with other beers such as the stone pale but by itself it is very smoky.
Panzuriel (1282) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours a Deep black brow witha a thick head of tan bubbles. Nose is smoky roasted malt. Dry roasty smoky flavor. silky body. warming finish. A new addition to my favorite beers.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 8/14/02: Dark. moderately sweet, slightly smokey. A nice porter, not my favorate style, but O.K. for a change of pace.
7/5/04: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a medium frothy cocoa colored head. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate. Flavor starts slightly sweet with a little coffee and chocolate and a hint of smoke turning lightly bitter and finishing kind of dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable porter. : )