Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially sweet and a little ghosty, that fades into a dry slightly smokey finish. This is a superb beer. A little more smoke flavor would be good, but it’s hard to complain.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown, bordering on black. Light looks red coming through. Tan creamy head that surprisingly doesn't last long. Thick lace on sides of glass that takes a minute to form. Smells of oak woodchips. Tastes like a chocolate malt. Thick, but not syrupy, almost chewy. An excellent porter.
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick smoky porter with a dark black color has a littly bit of a brown color when held up to light. Small amount of brown tan head but it lasts. Flavor is very smokey and very flavorful.
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
not what I expected from stone. nice soft, rich, chocolatey porter with a touch of smoke. very little bitterness. average thickness for the style. nose isn’t very well defined - but it may need to warm up a bit. not in anyway "over the top" like some of other stones brews - easy drinking. well balanced and enjoyable (but I’d gladly swap this for a bottle of their russian imperial stout)
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate and toasted malt. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice withstanding head. Flavor is excellent with malt sweetness, toasted malt, smoked malt, chocolate, and some hop bitterness to back it up. Not overpowering like some other smoke brews. Another fine brew from Stone.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark chocolate color creamy head. Coffee chocolate smokey roasted. I love porters and this is a good one.
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with off-brown head. Aromas of roasted burnt malts, and chocolate. Flavors included roasted malt(little nutty), strong chocolate with some coffee, finishes with a sweet peaty oak that lingers.
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark dark brown pour-sizable brown head. smoky malty aroma.. coffee there too. flavor is mildy sweet.. roasty, with a good bitterness in the end.. smoky aftertaste. somewhat full-mouthfeel, for a porter. I last drank this a long time ago, now I appreciate it much more. a very good 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.
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.