Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially sweet and a little ghosty, that fades into a dry slightly smokey finish. This is a superb beer. A little more smoke flavor would be good, but it’s hard to complain.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess what I want from a smoked beer is for it to be the outstanding characteristic rather than such a minor player. The smoke really didn’t come out until the finish and not until it was nearly room temperature. I would hope for much more smoke. Quite fruity, coffee in the aroma, some chocolate in the flavour. Pours very pretty.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly smokey, not much though. It’s a nice porter, some nice chocolate, and coffee notes on the palate. The finish diminishes quickly. I find the slight smoke to be on the finish, A good one to try if you’re curious about smoked beer, because it really doesn’t overwhelm you.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The one Stone beer I do not like. When they say smoked porter they mean SMOKED. It is too smoky for my tastes. It is a great beer to look at and it can blend well with other beers such as the stone pale but by itself it is very smoky.
Panzuriel (1379) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours a Deep black brow witha a thick head of tan bubbles. Nose is smoky roasted malt. Dry roasty smoky flavor. silky body. warming finish. A new addition to my favorite beers.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 8/14/02: Dark. moderately sweet, slightly smokey. A nice porter, not my favorate style, but O.K. for a change of pace.
7/5/04: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a medium frothy cocoa colored head. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate. Flavor starts slightly sweet with a little coffee and chocolate and a hint of smoke turning lightly bitter and finishing kind of dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable porter. : )
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
smoke is just right, setting off the delicious roasted chocolate flavors that dominate this beer.
WeekendWarrior (3) - USA - AUG 8, 2002 does not count
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I did not like this one at all. To thick and too bitter for my taste buds.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a tan head that disipates somewhat but then hangs on very thinly. this is a very powerful porter and the smoke flavor just adds to that power. an excelent offering from stone
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice big roasted aroma. Roasted grains come through in body with just a hint of smoked malt. Finishes dry. More of a light stout than a porter, which is fine with me since I am not a big porter fan.