Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent porter....black as night, beige head. Aroma of smoking wood chips. I didnt get much chocolate in the flabor...lots of coffee and more smoke though....a bit more crisp than I would have liked, but an all around kickass porter.
kevinconaway99 (9) - USA - JUN 12, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely a nice porter. Had a tough time pouring it because the head was so thick
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Pitch black without the slightest of color peaking through. Big tan head, Chocolatey and earthy aroma..Bitter chocolate flavor with a smokey finish...VERY GOOD porter..One of my favorites from STONE
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I hadnít heard of this before trying it in Stoneís tasting room, and of all their brews, I like it second only to their Russian Imperial. Iím a bit surprised itís not rated higher. Very dark color, nice tan head. Smoky coffe smell, and the same impressively smooth-but-not-overpowering feel and flavor that you get out of the R.I.S. Very nice mouthfeel, too. The guy behind the bar in Stoneís tasting room told me that he sometimes has this and chocolate doughnuts for breakfast. Now THATís a breakfast of champions!
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20324) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really dark brown. Hints of licorice and smoke in the aroma. Medium bodied, somewhat roasty, slightly malt sweet with bitter finish. Only a hint ofg smoke, I would have expected this beer to be more aggresive, but it is rather well balanced.
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black in appearance with a mocha colored and somewhat frothy head. Good hop presence but not enough smoke in the beer. I think my perspective has been clouded on the whole smoke flavor due to the Aecht Sclenkerla line of rauchbiers. Irregardless it is still quite an impressive porter.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interestingly complex porter with heavy roasted malt flavors and aromas, good hop presence, smoke up front and a bit of dark fruit (plums and possibly dates) lurking in the background. Deep, dark ruby to mahogony color with an off-white and moderate head. Quite unique and quite enjoyable.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 first a word on the packaging: 22 ounces is where it’s at: gives a drinker time to get acquainted with his/her beverage. painted labels, however, aren’t too collectable, alas. this black refreshment glows with a reddish warmth, like the alluring umber shadows of a rembrandt. beige head does what it’s supposed to: sit there quietly and not wander off too soon. ’big’ beer aroma, ample even for the hard-of-smelling: a rum raisin effect, hops out front. as for the ’smoked’ issue: this porter sat upwind or in the non-smoking section, ’cause other than some cocoa bean bitterness and toasted malt, it’s no smokier than an electric car (okay, i had a heller schlenkerla last night). but who cares what it’s called. it’s got a grand flavor, sweet, full and with a hop finish that snaps like a nasty parrot. hey, maybe they should be in 32 oz. bottles!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe my bottle was old, but this beer lacked any flavor, and it didnít seem quite smoked to me. I will stick to Stones other brews.