DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a glacial black with noticeable lively carbonation and the most beautiful creamy tannish orange head i have just about ever seen and tasted across my palate and my lips. The aroma danced coffee and roasty smokiness and malt. Almost hints of an aged quality to the gargantuan beast. The taste cries of coffee, espresso, a thin chocolateness, and oh that smokey quality. A bit thin in retrospect given the smokeyness, but still unbelievable. That creamy head provides a break between the smokey carbonation and the bittering hop ending. A subtlely wet ending for a smoked porter. Very delectable, now if only one could find the perfect women to go with a damn good beer we'd be set.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I will preface this with the fact that I am not a fan of smoke flavor in anything. So, I am trying to rate it without my own personal bias. It was very dark black with a really light tan head. Low carbonation that is usually associated with this style. Smoked aroma with coffee and roasted malts. The smoke aroma was not artificial like it is with some other smoked beers. The roasted malts really come through and the smoke is subtle yet very present. Some bitter chocolate flavor are also present.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a dark, ruby-tinged brown. Thick, rocky tan head, medium diminishing, and leaving excellent lace. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of some fruits, and light smoke. Flavor starts quite sweet, middle gets more of the bitter roasted flavor, and ends with some light smoke and bitter chocolate. The hops show up a bit in the end as well.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2003 RE-Rate (6/10/2003) Ruby hued, very dark rich body. Big frothy tan head, rolling and lumpy. PLenty of chocolate in the nose, lots of milk chocolate with a finishing note of smoke. Some dark cocoa as well, lots on the finish in fact. Coffee notes come through stronger near the end, espresso and dark roast. THe mouthfeel is a bit watery, and smooth. The smoke is in harmony with the rich, deep flavors. Good stuff
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic beige head on an extremely dark brown beer. Great head retention and lace on glass. Roast barley nose backed up by hints of smoked malts, but not overpowering. Toffee/caramel and very, very slight fruitiness in the back ground along with some hops that become more prevalent as beer warms(cascade?). Lightly roasty/coffee flavor and smokiness are very appealing to me, toffee mid palate and finishes dry, but not astringent. Only drawback I can find is a little over carbonation which is a little prickly on the tongue and there is a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste, although very subdued from other Stone offerings. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The smoked peat is in the background the entire time and doesn't overpower like some traditional rauchbiers like Schlenkerla or Kaiserdom. Just my personal preference.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
smoky with hints of peat and pork. Also has nice chocolate notes. Possibly equal to Alaskan.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best porters I've tried. Predominant flavors were a nice subtle smoke and assertive coffee bitterness. Tasteful use of hops and a creamy finish make this beer a delight to drink. Better than the 6th anniversary porter, IMO.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The lingering flavor made this one for me. Instead of using repetitive adjectives, I'm just going to say that Greg did an impeccable job of describing the beer and I'm not going to belabor the point. I did enjoy how the smoked taste lingered. Damn fine palate.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark, dark brown body with a full, dark brown head. The aroma is wonderful, subtle hop character, chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke. The flavors are also quite good with the smoke being a bit more pronounced. I love how this does not taste like a campfire or a pig roast. Plenty of chocolate and a bit of toast. A most pleasant and drinkable beer. The best smoked beer I've had. It's not too unlike the New Holland Olde Poet/The Poet.
Ducky (1) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite of all the Stone brews. It's smooth, a tad bitter, with just enough tang to make a good piece of chocolate taste really great.