bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
one of my favorite brews from Stone. nice smokey, coffee-caramel like aroma. pours a dark brown, w/a good sized head. great porter!
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stone’s Smoked Porter is really good. It tastes like coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate.
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours a rich dark brown with a thick gorgeous tan head. Smells of smoke, malt, wheat, and chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla and coffee. The flavor is rich and mellow with only slight hints of alcohol. A good drinkable porter with a thick body and rich mouthfeel. I love it.
DANEgerous (93) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Deep rich earth aroma, Notes of soy sauce and autumn leaves.
Appearance: Black, deep orange tinges when held to light, tan head.
Taste: Heavy, notes of dark coffee and dark coco, the finish has notes of smoke and char and it is only in this where you note why it is smoked porter.
Palate: Thick almost oily like cold vodka, moderate carbonation and a lasting finish
Overall: I am starting to think stone can do no wrong, I have only had 3 beer by them but they are all fantastic this one would co fantastic with any form of grilled beef or even breakfast meats.
harrystrill (93) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice light little beer, the smokedness shone out and realy came through, quite a light mouth feel, very very drinkable roasty yet light
sheep (93) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle, no freshness date. Almost pitch black with a bubbly and thick mocha-coloured head that leaves a lacy ring around the edges. Lots of chocolate on the nose, caramel, light vanilla. Taste is full of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a slight hoppy bitterness and a charred, smoky and ashy finish. Palate is creamy and smooth but a little light. Medium carbonation. Pretty nice.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour with a generous head. Just a hint of chocolate brown in colouring. Smokey taste is mixed nicely so as not to be overpowering. It’s a nice dessert beer on the lighter side.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance like coca-cola. Not an overly smokey porter which was harder to detect in aroma than in flavor. Taste was smooth. Hints of dark cherries and sweet, smokey malts. Pretty damn good.
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured a beautiful deep black garnet with an average sized off-white head that lingered for a while, but mostly diminished before I was through. In an apparent contradiction, this beer smells both earthy and clean. Maybe like a well-swept cabin with a dirt floor. Can you clean dirt? I dunno. But it smells like clean dirt. Moderate malty smell, big chocolate notes, faint campfire. They definitely didn’t overdo the smoke in the nose. Nice to have a smoked that isn’t asphyxiating. Raisin and cola notes coming out stronger as the glass warms. The aroma is surprising. Kind of like a sophisticated lumberjack, and not what I was expecting at all. Superbly balanced. First gulp and the peat smoke comes out soft, then crescendos nicely. Again, not overwhelming, but like the dying embers of last night’s fire. Some sweetness helped along by the chocolate’s presence. Some musty basement too. A beautiful, long, lightly bitter finish that carries wifts of smoke all the way to end. Moderate carbonation, soft anf fluffy mouthfeel. An outstanding porter by any standard. Not to be missed.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good - but not as extreme as I'm used to stone's brews being. I was hoping for a bit more punch. Do they do a version of the imperial porter?