johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a very dark amber with a tick light tan head that laces to the bottom. Light aroma of chocolate, malt and smoke with some earth tones preasent. Flavor is were this beer is at with chocolate, coffee, wood, smoke, and roasted malts balancing from begining to finish. Med body, lively carb, creamy texture, and smooth dry feel. A very fine and interesting porter.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SD trip, sampler: Another solid Stone offering, deep black with red notes and great burnt coffee, chocolate malt nose. Light smoked, alcohol and cask like flavors (this was not a cask-conditioned or wood chip version) in the mix.
Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark, murky brown with a respectable rocky tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee and a hint of smoked wood. Solid, complex flavor thatís just a touch harsh before smoothing out. Creamy body with a nice finish.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark body med tan head. smells slightly bitter. nice consistancy. mocha taste smoky slighty bitter aftertaste you can definatly taste the smokyness very nice though.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Poured from a bottle, lets just say still waiting for the smoked part of the smoked porter. The aroma was sweet, however I am still trying to acclomplish my sense of smell. The appearence was really nice, the lace klinged to the glass like no other. Sorry Stone, right now I have Sam Smith as a benchmark in the porters and you did not beat your benchmark. You missed by a tad (dy porter)
CP (124) - USA - APR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I general havenít like Stone in the past (specifically the bastards) but this one is pretty good. It is not boozy and has a nice consistent taste. Nice dark beer with coffee and roasted nut taste with hints of smoke. If you donít like smoked beers you will probably still like this as the smoke is not overpower like Left Hands smoke jumper for example. This has more of just a hint of smoke rather than it overpowering the whole beer.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black but holding it to a light reveals reddish/brown hues on the edges. Head was medium sized and tan colored that lasted and lasted. Aroma was of chocolate, roasted barley with some caramel/toffee sweetness looming. If there is smoke in the aroma, it is very subtle. Flavor of crystal malt sweetness, toffee, chocolate and roasted barley upfront with maybe a hint of coffee. Develops a subtle smoked malt flavor along with a dry coffee flavor in the finish. Hops play a bittering role in the balance of this beer as I get none in the flavor or aroma. Mouthfeel was full bodied, fuller than most/all porters Iíve tried with a silky smooth finish. Excellent beer and though I was expecting more smoke, the beer overall completely makes up for it.
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rather good porter with a bit of smokey flavor. Hints of chocolate, licorice, some dark fruit. Very enjoyable.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22-oz bottle (NapaCabs.com) - Aroma: sweet, licorice / dried fruit, chocolate (malt); Flavor: sweet, salty, chocolate (malt), almond (smoke); Appearance: dark brown to black with tan head; Mouthfeel: full bodied, creamy-high carbonation; Overall: well balance of smoked and malt, full-bodied beer.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Long lasting brown head tops an dark brown (almost black) opaque beer.
The first smells are of hops and malt. The hops are a little more than I would expect for this style, but exactly what I have come to expect from Stone.
The overwhelming taste here is of malt and a hint of chocolate. The smoke joins in about half way through and is just right not over powering in the least.
Very smooth on the tongue, oily and full bodied.
I tried this one with a danish blue cheese which is an excellent contrast. The porter wipes the pallet clean after each taste and makes the sharpness of the cheese even more pronounced.
Great representation of the style.