bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice porter. Dark Borwn in color with a nice beige head. Roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Nice roasty start. Slight Smokiness start to kick in, in the middle. Nice slight bitter finish. Very good.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oz. bottle Velvety soft, super dark, subtle smokiness is just enough to be distinctive, not nearly enough to be overpowering. Sweet, woodsmoke aroma with a undertone of hops. Nicely balanced all the way from malty start to lightly bitter finish, fading evenly on the tongue. Of course it's good! It's a Stone :>
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like a campfire or burning cedar mixed with a mild sweet odor. is a very dark, somewhat translucent brown with beige head. tastes fairly sweet and has a very intense smoky flavor, imagine the comment i made about a campfire, then imagine eating that campfire. feels very thin in my mouth though, which is a bit of a disappointment i like my porters and stouts to have a little thicker viscosity. pretty good nonetheless.
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent pour, dark brown to black, with a great head that lasted a while. Eventually came down to a covering film. Good lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate and surprisingly, a decent amount of hops. This porter could be a good choice for a dessert beer. The flavor is semi-sweet, very light on the smoke, with licorice, chocolate and dark fruitiness up front, followed by a mild alcohol finish. Probably some coffee in there too. Above average, but not outstanding in my opinion.
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a great thick black, tan head. The head is not huge, but definitely gets the job done. The flavors are great, the smokiness balances the sweet chocolate and the coffee is a nice back note. There are also of course some great malty flavors. Finish is very dry, overall balance is fantastic.
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours dark, dark amber with a lively head. Aroma is nice and smokey but not overpowering; taste is smokey with toasted malt and a coffee semisweet aftertaste. Nice for a smokey beer, not something I would drink all night, but a great once-in-a-while brew!
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Good beer, tried it with a PB & J as suggested on the bottle, nice compliment. Smoke flavor was more pronounced to me than the bottle and some other ratings suggest. Quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really enjoyed this (more-so after it got a bit warmer). Pour damn near black.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 pours deep dark brown with a slight head that looks almost creamy. stays lacy throughout. I Don’t get an overwhelming smokiness like the name would suggest... at least not like you’d find in a Paradox (Brew Dog). Great, solid brew. This beer improves greatly with warming, finding a nice balance.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color and aroma, off in a little in the flavor, maybe more coffee taste would be appropriate