HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is very dark, perhaps a deep reddish brown. The nose is full of chocolate with a touch of smoke. The palate is rich and creamy with an undertone of smoked malt. The hop presence is dutifully balanced. The only major flaw I find in this beer is that is under smoked for my tastes.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Sugary brown rum in drunken dark chocolate...Berries thrive amiddst the smoke and attain a roasty perfection...No smog in sight, just a beautifully crafted smoked porter with green back bitterness...More carbonated than the Bièropholie Calumet and less prevalent smoke...
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown-black color. Excellent tan head. Very smokey - but a little thin. Could use a little more malt.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a chocolatey brown, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter, dry, roasted chocolate and woodiness dominates the malty palate, with slight smoked notes joining the proverbial parade of flavor. Still, I prefer edgier takes on the style, and Stone plays it "safe" on their version.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Dark brown in colour. Aroma is smokey, malty, slightly sweet. Flavour is slightly malty, bitter, roasty, some smoke. Finishes malty with medium bitterness.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Near opaque with a brown head. Smoked caramel flavour. Good. Thanks Argo for bringing this....
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a bit less than I want, but as it warms, things happen. A fantastic porter--I just don't get a lot of smoke. Fine by me, actually. One of the best porters out there.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
one of my favor porters... this was heavier then some stouts i had. great smoked flavor with a nice malt/bitter tones... definatly something i'll be getting again (and again and again and again)
Padron4KM (799) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking dark beer.
Coffee, chocolate aroma.
medium body, bitter/sweet flavor.
not one of Stones best, but still pretty darn good
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a deep black liquid light can nearly penetrate with a fine copper-caramel color that disapates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of molasses, toffee with sweetness. Flavor is a medium to small hop - otherwise nothing. Beer looks great - taste leaves something to be desired. Decent beer - could be better. Maybe this will be my gateway beer to hoppier beers. Don't dream far, though. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.