mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2003 14Jan2003 Update: After some prodding (from the brewer, no less), I
decided to clarify this rating. The beer is not
bitter by absolute standards, but it is (in my opinion)
over-bittered in the sense that it overwhelms the unique and
subtle flavors present in the beer. Re-rate ASAP.
(20Dec2002--22oz bottle) Reading the commercial description, the smokiness of this ísmoked porterí is indeed subtle.
Unfortunately, the hop bitterness of this beer is anything BUT subtle.
In what seems to be a recurring theme from this brewer, excessive bitterness undermines what would otherwise be a unique and wonderful beer.
The beer is totally opaque. Its head is lumpy, rust-colored, fine-textured, very lacy, and provides a nicely persistent effervescence to the beer.
The aroma is surprisingly mild; a little smoky, with some malt and alcohol.
Flavor: starts bitter, ends bitter, bitter in the middle. In the midst of the bitterness, I did actually taste wonderful smokiness and tasty roasted malt.
The beer has perfect mouthfeel. íHop headsí love this, but I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that the level of bitterness in this beer detracts from its overall quality.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is all i need for a cold winter evening.Nice dark color,malty aroma with a lite smokiness,flavor was malty with some chocolate,coffee and very lite smoke but just enough of it to make you want more the finish was full with a lasting coffee aftertaste that wasnít over powering but quite refreshing.all around nice brew.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, rich, creamy, these are all good characteristics of this beer. This bark brown colored brew with a brownish head has lot of complexities in itís smell. But thr taste is where I found myself being amazed, the malt and hops blend, the smoky after taste and the hint of toffee and chocolate make this a good smoked porter.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/14/02: thick creamy head, which leaves a good amount of lacing. opaque beautiful deep dark black/brown colour. A tiny bit lighter tasting than most porters, with nice coffee tones. malty and hoppy aromas. Great on a cold day.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque body with a full, tan head. Nice lacing as the head diminshes.
Chocolate and malt in the aroma.
Coffee and malt upon first tasting. Some slight hop bite in the finish. Smoke is very subtle, blending well with the coffee.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy coffee,hoppy aroma.Medium hop coffee flavor with faint mild smoke and chocolate at the finish.
jazz88 (2601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black color with a quickly diminishing brown head. Chocolate and dark roast dominate the flavor with a nice touch of smoke to create character.
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my least favorite from Stone, which is, I donít know, praising with faint damnation? The smoke is there, in the background. Typical Stone brew, well made and pleasently hoppy.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Black Color, medium head. Aroma is smoky and malty. Roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet, chocolate and coffee, slightly smoky. Hops balance the roasted malts well. This is a nice porter, yet the slight touch of smoky adds an extra touch of flavor. Taste is very smooth. The smokiness is subdued and may not please a lot of drinkers. All in all a very nicely done beer. Subtly sometimes works better than a sledgehammer. Stone beers are usually over the top, this one is subtle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Etched/painted beer bottle.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark bittersweet aroma, couldnít detect smoke. Coffee bitterness, something sweet but not chocolate. Bit of alcohol and earthiness. Really black beer with brownish head - initially foamy then subsided to a thin veil. Med-hi carb and med-heavy silkiness on the tongue. Canít taste any smoke either, though my wife thought she could. Pleasant tart/tangy bitterness and hints of sweetness. Really nice taste but hard to nail down elements other than bitter roasty malts. One of the best porters Iíve tried, though Fullers is a little better. Still donít understand why itís considered a Rauchbier.