andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with an ok head. Has an ever changing character. First sniff reminds me of an English Pale Ale. Next one is mocha with hints of smokiness. Taste is similarly schizophrenic, but in a good way. Plenty of hops with smokiness appearing variably upfront and in the finish. That said, the character is mostly malts. Interesting brew, but a little confusing because it doesn't always taste/smell the same. Soft on the palate.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black with tan head. Mocha, malt, with a touch of berry and hops in the aroma. Starts out sweet and fruity, chocolate, blackberry, smoke comes on more in the finish and as the beer warmed up. Long finish, starts sweet then dry and a little bitter. Little confused on the style here, I think I'd call it a porter. Whatever, it's good either way.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ ruby hue. Light brown head. Light smoke (peat) aroma w/ some woody, vinous elements. Full-bodied. Lovely, subtle smoked flavour w/ a nice, roasty, chocolaty, nutty complexity
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smoked. Lambic . Smoked lambic aged with additional 35 lb/barrel of Downsview hops . Nah, I still love my self to much, far too much. Yet that night when I had first time in my life Lambic that forced me to stop saying that all lambics are good as vinaigrette to garden salads. That night also I had my second revelation. Not every smoked should be used as a sausage smoking pit. Stone Smoked porter was an elegant, handsome brew that used nicely roasted malt with gentle refined undertone of smoke. Not overdone in any way. Mr. Koch was right this time .Smoke being part of beer made it better. Hallelujah!
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oz. bottle Velvety soft, super dark, subtle smokiness is just enough to be distinctive, not nearly enough to be overpowering. Sweet, woodsmoke aroma with a undertone of hops. Nicely balanced all the way from malty start to lightly bitter finish, fading evenly on the tongue. Of course it's good! It's a Stone :>
PorterPounder (7332) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Rerate A bit less flavorful this time around - not as much roasted chocolate notes as a porter of this caliber should have Original 3.9 An excellent smoked beer for those who are not fond of smoked beers (me!). The appearance is the color of raw liver with a mocha head and good lacing. Has a slight smoky aroma but not overpowering. Has a very mellow smoky flavor not cloying at all and did not taste like a bottle of liquid smoke - I expected to be blown out of the water with smoky flavor. Has a very pleasant mouthfeel. The hops find their way in nicely in the aftertaste. Well done.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black beauty body, with a very thick, tan head, though not extremely dense due to fat bubbles. Smells of bitter hops, roasted chocolate-malt, and also some sweet cinnamon. Taste is a whole lot of coffee flavored hops, bitter chocolate and hickory-smoked barbeque. A novel occurrence being that Iíve never had a smoked beer before. Carries a medium-to-thick bodied feel in the mouth with hefty carbonation. Aftertaste is monstrously powerful, roasted everything: chocolate, coffee, oak chips, alcohol, furniture, phonebooks, and anything else you can heave into the fire. A very complex beer that ultimately fails because of too many strong flavors bombarding the palate. Honestly, I was expecting more refinement from Stone for this beer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Almost a stout instead of a smoked porter. Definite chickory taste with bits of hop taste. A great beer that can be enjoyed by all.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Jet black with a nice tan head that, after it settles, actually reminds me of a guinness. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and yes, smoke. There isnít a huge amount of smoke in the flavor, but itís enough to make this beer more interesting than a typical dark porter. Great hop balance; a bit more hoppy than a typical porter or stout, but thankfully itís not overdone as I thought it might be. A truly great beer.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola clear colour. Yes - it has a peaty smoke aroma but plenty of roast malt, coffee and molasses as well. Mild medium smooth fortified wine like palate. Smoked, malt and hops are well balanced. Thinnish smoky finish and aftertaste.