patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a fluffy tan head, the aroma is of coffee and chocolate, the flavor is smoke, coffee and chocolate, finishes bitter, good but i was slightly dissapointed
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours black, not opaque, but black. Minimal brown head. Aroma is intensely coffee, smoke, wheat?, apple. Taste is upfront with cocoa and caramel. Lots of coffee and smoke. Roasted malts do not overwhelm as description atests. Excellent bitter quality bites at back and lingers forever. Bitterness reminds of ashes and mocha coffee. Most porters are too watery for me. Stone Smoked Porter does not have this problem, although the palate is light. My favorite porter to date.
ipamonger (68) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark ruby, with a thick, light tan head that stays. Aroma of malt, floral hops, very gentle smoke. Taste is bitter over sweet, drawing out the malt. Getting dark chocolate, bit of coffee. Gentle bitter finish. Nice porter, for sure.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours almost black with a medium, slightly tan head. Taste upfront is dry with just hints of dark cocoa and espresso. Then the smoke hits. Definitely the most pronounced taste but not overpowering. Good beer but not exceptional.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a lot of character for a porter. Cofee, chocholate, malt, and hops are all present in a nice combination. Can’t wait to try their RIS.
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan long-lasting head. Aroma of dark chocolate, fruit, coffee, and slight smoke. Taste of malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, cream, and a hint of smoke. Creamy body with a slight kick. Aftertaste of coffee and chocolate. A very nice porter.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a slighty smokey coffee aroma. Nice dark appearance. Good smokey chocolate taste, a little bittersweet.
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler fill at CBX.
Pours a dark black with lots of tan head. Nothing overwhelming about the aroma, but a bit of sweet and coffee. Great lacing down the glass as it is being devoured. The boilerplate description of this beer serves it well so I don’t have much to add. Some sweet (chocolate) and coffee taste with a subtle hint of smokiness. Nothing overwhelms the other and they are very well balanced into a delicious drink.
calivania (62) - USA - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bold look, sophisticated taste-- this beer understands the dance of malt and bitter in a profound way. The smoke blows a kiss dry chocolate and clean coffee character of this beer. First rate.
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint 6 oz bottle. Poured a dark, rich brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma was very rich with hops and smokiness. The taste was incredible, a lot more than I expected, with the smokiness of the malt mixed with chocolate and rich coffee flavors. It was very complex yet it balanced out so well and finished lingering on the tongue. Great sipping beer, loved it.