Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect Porter appearance - from the ruby tinges to the thin lasting tiny bubbled head. Great smoked balance, fairly hoppy. Just delicious.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep brown/mahogony. Nice light tan head that diminishes. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hint of smoke, touch of chocolate and maybe some hops. Medium bodied, smooth, almost creamy wih wonderful roasted, sweet malt flavors that blanket the evident but not obvious smoke character. Hints of coffee bitterness throughout, not much in the way of chocolate overtones but no matter, this is fantastic. The body is most impressive for a porter and the smoke used provides memorable character.
Nuffield (3994) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish hue, not as fully black as I would have anticipated. Effervescent but not overwhelming smoke, mild and balanced. Creamy palate. Very nice. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know a lot of hardcore Stone fans think this is a bit weak; it's subtle that's all! Choc, toffee, coffee aroma. Smoky choc, berry alcohol, nutty, caramel, fudge flavours. It's subtle, complex and eminently drinkable. I didn't expect this from Stone, nice work.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Black body with light browm creamy head. Smokey, malty, coffee aroma. Malty choco, coffee, and extreme smokey aftertaste. Creamy, dry, palate.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can I just say "yum" and leave it at that? Okay, here's more. Deepest darkest red-brown color barely translucent when held up to (intense) light. It pours with a large light brown rocky head, which diminishes slowly and leaves good lacing patterns. The aroma is smokey, peaty and inviting. Tastes better than it smells - particularly after warming a bit. Rich, smokey toasted malt, coffee, molasses and enough hops to balance the sweetness. The rich creamy mouth feel is a delight and makes me glad that I have a 22 oz. bomber to keep me company tonight...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 This bottle is aged about 6 months and boy can you tell the difference. The alcohol taste has so mellowed and this beer is ripe! Mellow smokiness and chocolate make it fantastic.
OldGrowth (3123) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: Subtle nose. Smoke and dark roast coffee. Great dark brown color. Again roasted coffee and smoke flavor. Smokey with a little creamy finish. Another good job from stone.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finnaly had the Pleasure to try this one. Got it on Tap at The Pizza Plant and let me tell you i'm glad i brought my growler. This is defiantley good stuff. Pours DARK tan head atop a nice body. The aroma whiffs at a tiny hint of smoke and the subtle hint it has in the flavor is just right mix with the coco/coffee flavor. I want more!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 Another fine creation from the folks at Stone. Mellow, smooth and chalked full of character. Subtle sweetness followed by hearty roasted malts and a dash of smokeyness. Head was persistant and the languid liquid dark and inviting. However the last several drinks began to taste like my grampa's old cough medicine. You know, like molasses, vicks rub and rusty nails. I'm sure this is due to the hoppy overtones not quite characteristic of this style. Regardless, the overall experience was positive.