Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smoked and choclate aroma, full and stouty, lingering bitterness, trix my mouth like a silly rabbit
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 01/05/02: Deep dark brown, generous beige head and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, lightly smoked, caramel, and the front begins sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, acidic, nicely hopped and the abv warms the ’Belly’. My favorite of all the smoked beers, and ranks in the top 5 on my master list of porters.
Re-Rate 09/30/02: As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is ’Chocolate’, frothy, long lasting, the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course ’Smokey’, nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a ’Stone-o-phile’, but I like the over the top hops, high abv’s, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as ’Alesmith’. Ranks #39 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2003 This one pours a deep, almost black color with a nice tan head. The head leaves good lacings on the glass. The aroma is malty and coffeeish, with just a hint of smokiness. Full bodied, complex, and rich with big roasted malt flavors of chocolate and coffee. The smokiness show itself in the finish, but not overly so-it is just enough to add character to the beer rather than be the beer. An excellent smoked brew.
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent porter, very rich flavors, nicely balanced, very full-bodied, I think I got full after one bottle (on top of my dinner, as well), great smoky flavors, a hint of some coffee in the aftertaste as well, all around great porter
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as great as i expected. Great dark color and nice malty aroma. Didn’t really notice much smokiness, but i did taste bitter chocolate/coffee flavors. However they just didnt impress me that much. I was hoping this would challenge one of my favorite porters but it fell way short.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first sub-four Stone brew. I have grown to expect a lot from Stone - an amazing brewery deserves some sort of rediculous expectations - but this porter wasn’t simply outstanding like the Imperial Stout or the IPA. There was a definite hop presence although not too bitter, the mildly smoked character was indeed pleasing but there was never that satisfying overwhelming sense of malty warmth that a good porter inherently has (in my elitist opinion).
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
not what I expected from stone. nice soft, rich, chocolatey porter with a touch of smoke. very little bitterness. average thickness for the style. nose isn’t very well defined - but it may need to warm up a bit. not in anyway "over the top" like some of other stones brews - easy drinking. well balanced and enjoyable (but I’d gladly swap this for a bottle of their russian imperial stout)
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not much of a head on this, but a nice chocolate color, just a little light comes through. Smoky malt scent wafts up from this delicious offering. First sip, meaty flavor like a good charcoal grilled steak, cherry wood scent to it. Stays with you a while after you drink it. One of my new favorites
jsquire (3479) - 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 (9171) - 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.