Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer, but not really smoked. I’m sure smoking went into the process of making it, but it’s hardly evident in the end product. It’s there on the very finish, but hardly noticable. You can taste it in your belches though. It does have a bit of an ashtray finish.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a dark brown color and produces a squat, creamy, long-lived,tan-colored head of foam. Dark and somewhat cloudy and virtually opaque in the glass. Unlike a stout, this ale has a fruitier aroma, smelling of dark, ripe plums touched by peat smoke and coffee.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I know I will probably be the only person who gives this a bad rating - but I just did not like it. There is no ’subtle’ about the smoky taste. You could probably duplicate the taste of this beer if you took a drink of any average beer and then licked an ashtray.
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 Another great beer from Stone. This one is not as edgy as Arrogant Bastard but still unique. Very dark color with a thin and lasting beige head. The aroma is smokey of course. Medium body, and the smoked flavor was not overpowering and complemented the malt perfectly. Slight bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Well done.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have a hard time finding fault with anything Stone brews. Pours a nice dark color with a full brown head. Nice big roasted malts and choclate. It’s not nearly as bitter as some other Stone beers, but very smooth.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It clearly said that it would not be a bitter porter on the back of the bottle, but it was still surprising to see how a liquid with the opacity of a Guiness could go down SO smooth! The smoked part of this porter is perhaps a little bit light for the name, but it is in there, and the robust burned malty flavor is really desirable. As with all the Stone’s brews that I have tried, the head just does not dissipate, and the lace on the glass has to be scrubbed off! Very nice beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another thoroughly fascinating brew from Stone. Lovely appearance, deep brown-black with a thick, creamy beige head. Smokiness is evident in the nose, along with roasted malts and coffee hints. Flavor is splendid, with lots of chocolate and coffee in the malts. Less smokiness than I expected, but having it as a more subtle hint to the flavor made for a pleasant surprise. Finish is quite dry and hoppy. Nicely rich and creamy. Probably my favorite porter.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 Rich red-black appearance topped with a coffee head and exuding a feint coffee aroma. This beer had a smoky flavor with a peculiar licorice underpinning noticeable on the finish. An interesting beer that sits adequately on the palate, but fails to impress. Rerate: Picking this up by accident, I used it to flavor my brats and kraut and save 2/3 a bottle for myself. I am much more impressed with this from my initial rating. Sweet smoky goodness in aroma, with a flavor and mouthfeel comparable to a smoky imperial stout. A beer great for certain occassions. Maybe there is great variation from bottle to bottle? Rerate 1/8/09 - Improves with every taste.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unlike many smoked beers this one doesn’t club you over the head with smoke. I like that. The smoke flavor is in the background and allows the great hops and malt taste to come through.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Richly roasty and chocolaty with a lush blanket of light but complementary smoke. Nice verison: Understated and elegant.