dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This very dark porter is quite good. Hops are pronounced but not overwhelming. The malt flavor captures a subtle hint of the peat smoke and is rich in flavor. Medium to full in body. An excellent porter.
shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Kinda chocolatey smelling. Flavor is rich and a little sweet. very good!
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brownish-black color with a cream colored head that held down to the bottom. I think the smoky flavor is the highlight of this beer and its most distinguishing quality - not overpowering though. Tastes and smells of bacon. Semi-creamy mouthfeel that is well balanced between the chocolate malt and hops. Very good brew.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a nearly black ruby color with 1 cm off-white/tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel, very slight aroma of smoke. Initial flavor is a little sweet and smoky at the same time. Aftertaste is lasting and dominated by smoke and bitter from coffee or chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation, light lacing, and only a hint of alcohol detected. Very drinkable, as both a good porter and smoky beer.
Odland (137) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with some tan head. A good malt base with chocolate and coffee overtones. Not so much smokiness but I can’t help feeling that it would taste a lot better without it. Sorry, Stone.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown almost black in color, roasted coffe smell, rich dark chocolate roasty hints of toasted malt with a smooth smokyiness and the ends very good porter
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark reddish brown, will show some color if held to the light. Thick tan head fades out to swirls of thin foam. Nose is smokey and malty. Flavor is rich and smokey with smooth malty sweetness, some subtle chocolate like bitterness in the finish. Damn good!
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was expecting more. The head was long lasting and cream colored, quite thick. The color dark and opaque. The initial flavor was that of the hops, very notable, much like in everything Stone produces, however the malts I felt were completly overshadowed by the hops. I don’t really see a reason to go back to this one.
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Poured black with a tan, foamy head..nice lacing. Aroma rather sharp. Wonderfully bitter. Nice burnt finish. Lingering smoky taste halfway through glass. Great beer, but I think one would be enough.
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour produced a superb head one that laced the pint glass all the way down. A chocolate malt aroma transcends over into the taste, along with coffee, light charcoal, burnt toast and the infamous smoky peat finish that gives you a small kick in the sack. Although thick and chewy, the light carbonation makes for a great session brew.