mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: smells of roasty smokey malt and chocolate mocha. mmm. its a dark brown/ ruby color with a fairly light brown/ tan head. i like this beer a lot, of course... slight smokey hints, but not over powering, like the rogue smoke... i htink this is a fine beer, and wouldn't mind drinking it ever.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love porters, but am not overly fond of smoked beers. This brew, however, is not dominated by smoke. Lovely color of pitch - and a hint of brown when held up to the sun on a late lazy afternoon. The nose reminds me of summer BBQ’s at Bill’s, roasted pork butt on the smoker. Quite easy to drink, smooth and roasty with a hint of cocoa, although the smoke is one attribute I would remove, if I could. Smoke is for BBQs, not beer.
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brown-black with a beige head. Laces the entire way down. Aroma is hickory and coffee. For all the praise, this was surprisingly thin. The flavors overcome that. Really nice coffee, chocolate flavors with hints of black licorice. Finishes leaving a nice smokey flavor in your mouth. A very good porter.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Black body with light browm creamy head. Smokey, malty, coffee aroma. Malty choco, coffee, and extreme smokey aftertaste. Creamy, dry, palate.
patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a fluffy tan head, the aroma is of coffee and chocolate, the flavor is smoke, coffee and chocolate, finishes bitter, good but i was slightly dissapointed
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours black, not opaque, but black. Minimal brown head. Aroma is intensely coffee, smoke, wheat?, apple. Taste is upfront with cocoa and caramel. Lots of coffee and smoke. Roasted malts do not overwhelm as description atests. Excellent bitter quality bites at back and lingers forever. Bitterness reminds of ashes and mocha coffee. Most porters are too watery for me. Stone Smoked Porter does not have this problem, although the palate is light. My favorite porter to date.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours almost black with a medium, slightly tan head. Taste upfront is dry with just hints of dark cocoa and espresso. Then the smoke hits. Definitely the most pronounced taste but not overpowering. Good beer but not exceptional.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a lot of character for a porter. Cofee, chocholate, malt, and hops are all present in a nice combination. Can’t wait to try their RIS.
rollsrace (65) - - 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
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan long-lasting head. Aroma of dark chocolate, fruit, coffee, and slight smoke. Taste of malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, cream, and a hint of smoke. Creamy body with a slight kick. Aftertaste of coffee and chocolate. A very nice porter.