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. : )
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
smoke is just right, setting off the delicious roasted chocolate flavors that dominate this beer.
WeekendWarrior (3) - USA - AUG 8, 2002 does not count
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I did not like this one at all. To thick and too bitter for my taste buds.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a tan head that disipates somewhat but then hangs on very thinly. this is a very powerful porter and the smoke flavor just adds to that power. an excelent offering from stone
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice big roasted aroma. Roasted grains come through in body with just a hint of smoked malt. Finishes dry. More of a light stout than a porter, which is fine with me since I am not a big porter fan.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very thick and full of strong roast grain flavors. Quite an amazing porter.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2003 Sort of roasty and full of chocolate/coffee malt. Pretty bitter. Not all that smoky, really, despite the name. My favorite Stone beer.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
has chocolate and coffee notes on top of a rich malt base.
the smoke is noticable at the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. - subtle stuff , a credit to the brewer.
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2003 Excellent. Nice smokey flavor after it warms up with a bit of sweetness, and crisper than I had expected.
PhillyBeer2112 (2515) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding. Opaque dark showing a little brown at the edge. Extra large rocky tan head. Rich bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke aromas and flavors. The bitter chocolate is most apparent but all 3 flavors are well-balanced. Nice bittersweet finish. Smooooth.