DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried this in the past and seem to recall enjoying it more, not sure quite why. As advertised, itís chocolaty and slightly smoky. Seems to have a thick, sticky mouthfeel and is a bit weak. (Of course, my palate has already been violated by a Ruination, so that might be affecting my rating.)
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted aroma. Weak roasted flavor, thin body. Long and strong roasted/smokey finish.
JFGrind (1799) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft poured with a hearty tan head and the beer itself looked great in the glass. However there was no overwhelming aroma and the smokey taste I craved was not easy to detect. I agree this is a good porter, but by the end of the glass I was left a little disappointed.
IndianaRed (2151) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
BottlePoured at 59F very dark. Almost black. Aroma is faint, smokey toasted, hoppy. Tastes definately smoked, and a fairly strong hopps content. The lingering smokey tang is haning around a while and thereís plenty of carbonation for everyone.
Finish does not have that smooth soft feel that I like in this style. Just OK and for almost $4 I probly wont get it again.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess Iím in the minority but this beer didnít do much for me. I found it a bit thin, so lightly smoked as to be imperceptible other than perhaps imparting a slight dryness. Regardless of their approach, I think a bit more peat smoke would add to the character and not overwhelm it. Maybe being a scotch drinker has dulled my peat-detectors. Anyway, nice looking, head, lacing, etc but just didnít excite me. I once homebrewed some smoked porter using peated malt from Laphroigh, now that was kick-ass.
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black in colour. Think dark brow lacing head. Thick and smooth. No dissernable scent. Deep taste, slightly bitter, hint of coffee and barley/earthy hops. Whereís the smoke? Nice finish and aftertaste. Very smooth.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2007
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brown head that didnít have a lot of retention. The aroma is dominated (of course) by a nice brick smokehouse type smell. The chocolate and coffee are there but overpowered. The chocolate seems to come out a bit more in the flavor and thatís good because I donít generally like my smoked porters to taste like beef jerky. The mouthfeel was rather thin for a porter and the finish was quick and uneventfull. I was happy with this beer as far as the style goes but wouldnít go out of my way for it. This is the best Smoked Porter Iíve ever had. Unfortunately, that list isnít very distinguished.
minch25 (578) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this right after a davidoff ps #7 cigar, so dont take the numbers too serious. Like, I dont taste smoke at all. semi-sweet, mildly acidic. Not a bad porter, but I didnít really get into it, and needed some friends to help finish it. Maybe just too warm this time of year for a stone smoked porter.
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe I am spoiled by other brews, but this was pretty disheartening. No smoked flavor to be had, very thin body and thinner flavor. Malt/toast flavor, hint of alcohol warmth, and then, gone..... Bah! Perhaps it didnít get a chance to fully warm, but I tried to give it a proper chance.
Sampled at Roziís Wine & Liquor, Stone Tasting Event, Lakewood, OH.
redtechnj (182) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 A nice deep rich brown color with a creamy beige head. An earthy peat scent. Has a fairly strong smoky peat flavor with tobacco undertones. Finishes with a medium bitter bite. I expected a stronger, bigger beer from the look of it. Kind of make me think of a beer made from garden soil and mulch. Not totally unpleasant beer but not one that I would recommend to friends.