jdp (59) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Stone Brewery on 11Jul2007. Pours brown-black with small off-white head. Burnt, toasted malt, bit off coffee and cocoa. Slight smokiness, but very, very faint. Finishes with a slight bitterness across the palate for a mild bite at the end. Good porter.
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Attractive head with only a bit of tenacity. Very deep brown color. Aroma is a complex range of roasted malts and hops with a smoked presence and a high note of alcohol at the end. Medium body and surprisingly balanced. Flavor is complex with a slight sweetness of caramel as well as the bitterness of a moderate chocolate. Hop flavors blossom closer to the finish and provide a woody dryness that would make it an excellent pair for stronger entres.
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let me start by saying I am not a big fan of Porters, but I am a fan of Stone Brewing Co. So I picked up the a bomber of Smoked Porter just to try it out.
And as usual Stone did not disappoint.
The beer poured a murky dark brown, with a smokey coffee aroma with just a hint of sweet malt.
Taste started with a sweet malt and a hint of heavy fruit, and was quickly taken over by the smoke and roasted malts. The finish was very clean and dry with the strong taste of roasted malts and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was good, and for a porter very drinkable.
For me one of the few porters I have truly enjoyed
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Moderately strong and complex aroma that’s primarily dark chocolate and licorice with a dark fruit element, maybe dark cherries or blackberries. Color is a deep ruby, almost black, with a inch thick, creamy, espresso-colored head that quickly subsides to a fine layer which laces thinly down the glass. I don’t know what Koch is talking about because the peat malt is unquestionably the defining character of this beer. Still, it’s not overwhelming so you can still enjoy the bittersweet chocolate malt behind it. The texture could be a bit thicker but the beer still manages to be rather creamy and soft. All in all this is a damn fine beer.
rollsrace (59) - - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey initial flavor with chocolate aftertaste, dry bite sort of pale. Gets better when warm and through most of the bottle
swong17 (58) - USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a deep, almost black mahogany with a fluffy and quickly dissipating tan head. The smoky aroma releases as it pours and pervades through the coffee and chocolate maltiness. Hints of burnt toffee and finishes smoothly and just a bit bitter. Well balanced and light enough to be easily drinkable. Widely available and relatively inexpensive, this is one of my go-to beers on a chilly night.
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.