Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little too burnt for me. But still a good one. Nice head, good aroma, and a nice finish.
joet (2158) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 This is interesting --eat with barbeque. Very dark brown, with some fat tan resinous foam and translucent edges, this looks like a schwarzbier -- less proteins than a typical English porter. While both the smoke and the aroma are on the medium-light side, the flavors of dark roast are easily appreciable with hints of smoke as complement. The finish is a hoppy tang with a peaty pepper also present. A very enjoyable and interesting beer.
legion242 (2172) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, Black in color; Tan head was fluffy and lingered for a short time; Aroma was very typical of a porter- where’s the smoke?
Oily in the mouth like a good porter should be. The smoke is very restrained- much less then I have had in any other ’smoked’ beers. I actually liked this beer much better then my final rate score, but the numbers hold true- nothing much more then a good porter.
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted aroma. Weak roasted flavor, thin body. Long and strong roasted/smokey finish.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer, but not really smoked. I’m sure smoking went into the process of making it, but it’s hardly evident in the end product. It’s there on the very finish, but hardly noticable. You can taste it in your belches though. It does have a bit of an ashtray finish.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a dark brown color and produces a squat, creamy, long-lived,tan-colored head of foam. Dark and somewhat cloudy and virtually opaque in the glass. Unlike a stout, this ale has a fruitier aroma, smelling of dark, ripe plums touched by peat smoke and coffee.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I know I will probably be the only person who gives this a bad rating - but I just did not like it. There is no ’subtle’ about the smoky taste. You could probably duplicate the taste of this beer if you took a drink of any average beer and then licked an ashtray.
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 Another great beer from Stone. This one is not as edgy as Arrogant Bastard but still unique. Very dark color with a thin and lasting beige head. The aroma is smokey of course. Medium body, and the smoked flavor was not overpowering and complemented the malt perfectly. Slight bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Well done.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have a hard time finding fault with anything Stone brews. Pours a nice dark color with a full brown head. Nice big roasted malts and choclate. It’s not nearly as bitter as some other Stone beers, but very smooth.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It clearly said that it would not be a bitter porter on the back of the bottle, but it was still surprising to see how a liquid with the opacity of a Guiness could go down SO smooth! The smoked part of this porter is perhaps a little bit light for the name, but it is in there, and the robust burned malty flavor is really desirable. As with all the Stone’s brews that I have tried, the head just does not dissipate, and the lace on the glass has to be scrubbed off! Very nice beer.