calivania (62) - USA - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bold look, sophisticated taste-- this beer understands the dance of malt and bitter in a profound way. The smoke blows a kiss dry chocolate and clean coffee character of this beer. First rate.
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint 6 oz bottle. Poured a dark, rich brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma was very rich with hops and smokiness. The taste was incredible, a lot more than I expected, with the smokiness of the malt mixed with chocolate and rich coffee flavors. It was very complex yet it balanced out so well and finished lingering on the tongue. Great sipping beer, loved it.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
If youíre looking for a sessionable porter--something on the lighter side, that goes down smoothly, that warms but doesnít inebriate, that pleases your tastebuds without overwhelming them--you simply canít do better than this....as long as you covet smoke--as in walking through wildfire-swept forests only hours after the fire subsided--is your thing. The smoky notes of this brew are utterly perfect--not gimmicky, not fake, not flavored, not bitter, not winey, not chalky...but real wood smoke. If youíre looking for sweet, or full-bodied, or belly-warming, go bigger; if youíre looking to enjoy a few pints on a fall day, go Stone Smoked!
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured in a wide bodied red wine glass. very dark with a small but full bodied head - the color of which is reminiscent of what you might see on top of a root beer float. Absence of hops smell (duh) and faint aroma of bittersweet chocolate. Solid mouth feel - a bit chewy. Iím impressed with the blending (as advertised) of the smoked malt, I was expecting it to perhaps overpower - but not the case. Good beer...
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice creamy tan head. Almost opaque brown, but has these cool red highlights when held up to a light bulb. Faint smoke aroma, with chocolate and malt notes. There is a malt (patent/ roasted) astringency, coupled with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy... chewable stuff. The aftertaste has a few smoke notes, but is still dominated by the dark malts and hops. Not a real rauchbier in my book, but a damn fine porter. I nuked the last part of this beer (oh, the heresy), and it brought out much more of the malt aromas, bready, and maybe some yeast notes. Flavor is much more complex warmed up to about room temp. Heck, maybe I'll turn it into coffee temp. next. Yummy!
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, dark - pinot? Itís got that beautiful odd, burnt sienna color from smokey malts as I pour. It cascades (!!!), a big bonus. Froth sits on top like a toasted marshmallow. Itís resting in the mug dark with a pinot glow.
Smells like a dark, sweet cigar.
Ummm. Raspberries crushed with the burnt end of a fire poking stick made out of the tip of a Christmas tree. Chew on some pine sap, nibble on some rosemary, and nosh on some organic spinach. Finishes with herbal minerals, hence the spinach. Itís got a silky mouthfeel to it, and - marshmallowy. Dang, thatís good. It makes me want to grill an assinine-ly huge ribeye, and serve it with a side of pintos, and smokey New Mexican red chile.
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I couldnít really see what the beer looked like in the bar, so Iíll give it the benefit of doubt. Smells nice, coffee, chocolate, some smokiness. A little lighter on the hops than Iíd like, but I guess Iíve been having a lot of imperial everythings lately; pretty nicely balanced with a nice body. The bubbliness and lightly caramel aspect honestly reminds me slightly of coke, minus corn syrup and plus a lot of other far richer flavors...
I think this tastes increasingly good the more of it you drink. This seems to be true (at least for me) of a lot of darks.
RickRob925 (60) - Macclenny, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this at Kickbacks on King Street in Jacksonville, FL. Very small smoked flavor. with a side of vomet like my dad said below.
slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark porter. Great 2 inch head and the flavor is pretty awesome. Coffee, chocolate, and almost a little raisin flavor. I donít pick up much smoke, however, itís still an enjoyable beer
mystiksc (60) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice porter. Aroma is dark and smoky. The first sip is chocolate and coffee with slight hints of smoke. Delicious beer. This beer is excellent with bbq steaks and pastas.