rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-22oz into pint glass: Pours a dark brown-black color; Tan frothy head, Medium creamy body. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & light chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruit; Hints of smoke; not overdone, Nicely balanced; Overall good porter.
adamhorror (84) - USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is black with a small off white head. No translucency to background light. Aroma is slight smoke beyond a toffee, caramel, and coffee notes with a deep roasted malt. There is a slight yeast scent and sourdough scent. Taste is mildly smoky behind toffee, chocolate and coffee flavors. Also a slight bread or biscuit flavor comes through. Palate is medium but not watery with a slight fizz of carbonation on the tongue.
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left_bank (84) - JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a light/creamy smoked porter.
might not be "as smoked" as what you would get in Bamberg,but i have no complaints.
X (84) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the spirit of a recent forum discussion I’m going to say that this beer was cheap, but tastes expensive. It also tastes cold and it tastes dark. Regrettably what it does not taste like is smokey. I understand that Stone wanted this to be a Porter first and foremost, but I don’t have to like that, I’d rather have smokey.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The malts and hops are both delicate and light. Taste of light body coffee with a touch of a smoked chocolate. This is much milder in taste than in aroma. Would work in harmony with grilled fish. Enjoyed from a snifter.
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect smoke porter, great thing is that this porter does not have the mesquite phenolics most smoke brews do. Great smoky roast aroma, nice body but nit stout like, clean clean finish. Great beer.
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Easily the meh-est smoked anything I’ve tasted. Very boring aroma, and only slightly smoky. Flavor was barely smoky at all. Hopefully got a poor one, and spent way too much on it : (
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall one of the best porters. Smooth, wonderful flavor and aroma. Rich and dark.
viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Smoke, oak, malt.
Appearance: Dark opaque color, medium head fades to thin layer w/ decent lacing.
Taste: smokey, coffee malt, chocolate, touch of hoppyness
Palate: medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, lightly dry.
Overall: This is a really good beer, my favorite porter thus far. I love the smokeyness and balance of this beer. At $3.99 it’s an awesome value!
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
smoke is just right, setting off the delicious roasted chocolate flavors that dominate this beer.