NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It clearly said that it would not be a bitter porter on the back of the bottle, but it was still surprising to see how a liquid with the opacity of a Guiness could go down SO smooth! The smoked part of this porter is perhaps a little bit light for the name, but it is in there, and the robust burned malty flavor is really desirable. As with all the Stone’s brews that I have tried, the head just does not dissipate, and the lace on the glass has to be scrubbed off! Very nice beer.
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black. With a tan head, that disappears quickly. Well balanced, smooth driniking, smokey favor. Alcohol is hidden.
Zimmo (57) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 22 oz bottle. Very light aroma, almost non-existent. Dark, dark brown. Virtually no head. Silky feel in mouth with really nice dark malt flavor. Only a slight hint of smoke. A very easy to drink brew. Not the best, but really good.
Touche (57) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Drank at room temp in a regular pint glass. Poured a dark tan head. Slight Aroma of coffee/chocoalate/ Very very smooth! Pretty malty with molasses, coffee and chocoalate tastes Not as viscous as i thought it would be. Overall pretty enjoyable. Warmed me up on a cool night.
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Tasty. Black in color with a dark tan head.Smells of coffee. Silky palate. Taste bitter sweet, coffee and maulty. A very tasty Porter.
*Had this beer again but this time w/ a GRILLED PB&J and it was so so good! Highly recommended. Just get some sour dough bread and make a PB&J. then butter the outside and grill it like a grilled cheese. You won’t be disappointed with this great combo.
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour, with a huge brown head that never seems to go away! Some lacing on glass. Smell is chocolate, coffee and strong burnt malt. Tatse is same with a burnt sweetness and a bit of alcohol nothing overwhelming. Good character on the tongue. Well balanced beer. Just what a expect from SBC.
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am one of the minority I guess! I am not getting smoked, ( very very faint)! I am tasting the usual American interpretation of the Porter style which is much too sweet!! Color is great , head is fine but it is about as subtle as a crutch!!
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a big fan of smoked porters but this one was pretty good. Huge malt with gently smoky aftertaste. Hardly any hops but plenty dark and malty.
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This is the first beer that my dog wouldn’t even drink... SERIOUSLY. Some people may give this beer a free pass since it comes from the well-renowned Stone name, but this frankly was undrinkable. The flavor encroached on burnt Folgers’ crystals steeped in tap water. Very bitter, but not in any remotely pleasing way. The aftertaste is what truly got me, however. This is where the "smoked" comes in -- only it is like stale cigarettes. Seriously, it’s like a tea of burnt coffee and cigarettes. And with each sip, I felt as if the beer was separating into two layers: something trying to pass as a beer and some ultra watery, smoky mess that was poured into it - like some poorly mixed oil and vinegar salad dressing. A total drain pour after attempting to stomach half of the bottle.
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a greyish tan head. Not a creamy head. Aroma is not strong but I get coffee and caramel.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated but it’s got more body than most porters I’ve had. The flavor is a little cherry caramel and coffee. The smoke is there but it just flavors the other flavors. It’s very well balanced and drinkable. MIght be the best porter I’ve ever had. It tastes like...more.