xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess I'm just not a fan of smoked beers. Nice, thick porter. I do like the coffee taste, I just can't get past the smoke. Not my thing.
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very dark brown, with a dark tan head. If served very cold it is a good idea to let this sit for 5-10 minutes before drinking or the beer will have little flavor. If tasted at the right temperature, hints of coffe and chocolate are present. This is a great porter, and another good beer from Stone!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Very nice aroma (possibely the best part) of soft hints of cinnamon and ginger. These flavors did not appear in the taste at all. When colder the smokey flavor tastes grassy so only drink warm. The main taste is leather and smoke. A nice beer to try, wouldnt drink it every day
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Dark Dark Brown color with roasted coffee aroma.Taste is strong with chocolate and coffee the flavors. Well balanced and extremely smooth and sweet in the mouth.Creamy towards the finish with a smokey bitter taste that lingers long after the last sip. A great sipping porter.
brownaler (532) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I've been really looking foward to this beer, and I'm a little bit dissapponited. I expected to smoke flavor to be a bit more organized. A good poter nonetheless.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Solid Porter. Dark brown with good head. Roasted arouma with coffee hints. Same goes for flavor. Great mouth feel( on the lighter side) All in all a fine example of style, well balanced.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber coloured beer with a small head. Smoked tar leather aroma. Sweet smoky taste. Well balanced. Bitter dry smokey aftertaste.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with dark amber hints. Shy smokiness with some chocolate undertones in the aroma. The beer starts with bitter chocolate, smoke passes by and roasted coffee ends the trip.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The head is creamy, and fairly average in size. The appearence is ebony in coloration, and nearly opaque. The flavor is very smokey, like the smell of a pleasant campfire.overall this is a wonderful beer. one for the records.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good for the style. Dark brown with a big head. I disagree with the commercial description, the flavor is dominated by the smoke. Aroma is sweet, chocolatety and malty. The flavor is mostly smoke. Bitterness on the finish. Not the porter I was hoping for.