argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn this is a good beer! Coffee and chocolate aroma is very appealing. The taste is a combination of both those flavors, together with a hint of smokiness and medium bitterness. The result is something sublime. Relatively small head atop a black body. Incidentally, I would classify this beer as a robust porter, as the smokiness is not a major player in the flavor.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark black, slight red hues when put under light. taste slight sweet roasted coffee and a dark black malty bitterness. mellow smoke, slightly cedar tasting. smoke is mellow and comes late to complement the coffee. Reminds me of the Alaskan Smoked Porter as that it left me wanting more smoke. An excellent beer however. Thanks Greg
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice multi-layered mostly malty aroma.
The porter is subltley smoky as advertised. This
is a nice porter, however I donít believe it is as complex
as say Fullerís. Nice effort from Stone, however. Although
that is kinda redundant, as all of Stoneís products are very good.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love tha flavor! Nice and burnt, not too bitter. Canít wait to try other beers from Stone.
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 (2219) - 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 (2266) - 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- whereís 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 ísmokedí 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 (1518) - 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. Iím sure smoking went into the process of making it, but itís hardly evident in the end product. Itís 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.