LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown-black color. Excellent tan head. Very smokey - but a little thin. Could use a little more malt.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black beauty body, with a very thick, tan head, though not extremely dense due to fat bubbles. Smells of bitter hops, roasted chocolate-malt, and also some sweet cinnamon. Taste is a whole lot of coffee flavored hops, bitter chocolate and hickory-smoked barbeque. A novel occurrence being that Iíve never had a smoked beer before. Carries a medium-to-thick bodied feel in the mouth with hefty carbonation. Aftertaste is monstrously powerful, roasted everything: chocolate, coffee, oak chips, alcohol, furniture, phonebooks, and anything else you can heave into the fire. A very complex beer that ultimately fails because of too many strong flavors bombarding the palate. Honestly, I was expecting more refinement from Stone for this beer.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Seems like an average porter to me. The label is a pretty accurate description actually, I could taste the smoke as 'an element'. Decent hop flavor. Tasty, but I prefer other porters.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with reddish hues, small tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma hints of burnt chocolate and dark malts, caramel, floral hops, cashews, apricot, and raisins. Malty base flavors with a sweet and bitter tone. The smoky and slightly woody finish is noticeable but not dominate. Got just a bit of acidic undertone as well. The mouthfeel is dry and creamy for the medium to full-bodied brew. Nice solid porter with a great peat character. Worthy of having a few bottles on hand.
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2000
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolatey, dry, with good complexity and balance, but only a touch of smoke.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as great as i expected. Great dark color and nice malty aroma. Didnít really notice much smokiness, but i did taste bitter chocolate/coffee flavors. However they just didnt impress me that much. I was hoping this would challenge one of my favorite porters but it fell way short.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
More tame than most Stone beers that Iíve tried, the Smoked Porter still has a bit to live up to. It certainly tastes drinkable, but has a bitter edge. It isnít to hopped up, but doesnít have the smooth edge of other Porters, like Anchorís. Tastes like smoked teriaki jerky with a kick. Has a bit of bite on the finish. Iím missing the "chocolate" taste that Iíve tasted in cheaper, more watery brews. It lacks malt definition for a porter. Overall, itís not bad, but not something Iíd drink every day.
Frank (3892) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black with just a touch of red. Foamy, light tan head. Roasty, lightly smokey aroma with a hint of bitter hops--very pleasant. However, as far as taste goes, it's just too bitter for it's own damn good. The bitterness overrides many of the other flavors (coffee, smoke). Medium bodied. Not nearly as smokey as I'd hoped. Certainly not Stone's best work.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a chocolatey brown, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter, dry, roasted chocolate and woodiness dominates the malty palate, with slight smoked notes joining the proverbial parade of flavor. Still, I prefer edgier takes on the style, and Stone plays it "safe" on their version.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is very dark, perhaps a deep reddish brown. The nose is full of chocolate with a touch of smoke. The palate is rich and creamy with an undertone of smoked malt. The hop presence is dutifully balanced. The only major flaw I find in this beer is that is under smoked for my tastes.