amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusty peat aroma, color is black with a light red tone. Nice healthy head. Taste is malty and swwet and not at all smokey/ Finishes with a crisp clean light licorice note.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown, bordering on black. Light looks red coming through. Tan creamy head that surprisingly doesn't last long. Thick lace on sides of glass that takes a minute to form. Smells of oak woodchips. Tastes like a chocolate malt. Thick, but not syrupy, almost chewy. An excellent porter.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is a good, robust porter...I'm just taken aback by the strength of the smokiness, and it reminds me a little too much of a BBQ or bacon. Dark reddish brown body, small lacing of the head around the sides of the glass. This beer has an awful lot of hops for a porter, which results in an unusually bitter finish. I will probably not buy this again soon.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark body, thick tan head on the edge, smoke and coffee in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel, finishes somewhat bitter-chocolate-smokey. Crisp bubbles sliding down the glass. Fun to watch them.
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much of a porter. It's more like a very dark, well-hopped APA. Minimal head and no lacing. Very smokey aroma. The smoked aspect of the flavor is very evident, and is enjoyable. The body is pretty thin, especially for a porter. The hop bitterness in the finish is a bit unenjoyable, which surprised me considering stone seems to be great at creating the perfect hop finish.
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 A pitch black appearance with a tan head. Aroma is smoked meat and roasted malt. Flavor is bitter and smokey. Yet another great beer from Stone
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unfortunately, I had the misfortune of having to drink this one from a plastic cup, since it was st. patty's day and the bar was afraid of drunks breaking their glass pints, but still a very good and smooth porter!!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good head and aroma, very chocolatey smelling but the flavour was quite smoked out. Like I was liking charcoal, bit still a pretty good chewy beer with a nice finish.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Now this is a porter. Nice smoked malt flavor. Wasn't real heavy.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please?