cheap (4118) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 On tap at the Bocktown. My very first stone. Pour is nice and dark brown black with a tinge of red in there. Initially has a large tan head that fades to a darkish tan froth. Aroma is less than expected for a smoked brew. It does have some mild roastyness about it but I donít think it can be called smoked. Hints of hickory smoking. Nice lacing on this stuff. It has some medium bitterness in the back of the throat after you get to know it. That bitterness builds as the drinks continue. Decent, just slightly bellow medium carboatiion. That back of your throat bitterness continues to build with each taste. Not bad for a porter but the smokey bitterness makes this a little more interesting than a straight porter with gentleman manners.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 16, 2001
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have a question: whereís the smoke?! Honestly, I detected NO smoke in this beer, and that steams my clams. I mean sure, its a decent porter, but if it advertizes smoke, then by Crom, I want smoke!
reygato (19) - USA - DEC 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured like root beer. Had an slightly smoky aroma, slight but present . Had a very weak light taste, a taste almost as thin as the beer. I would have expected more flavor from the label but it just was not there.
NateBrooks (1) - - FEB 15, 2012 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Disappointed. Somewhat flat (maybe it was just my bottle). I prefer a more bitter beer.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tony Romaís sampler platter at Mission, San Diego. Colour: Dark. Taste: Quiet, aside from some smoked wing sauce?!? Taste: Smokey oysters, stale coffee...long, finally a sooty finish. Not a fan at all. Dusty mouth feel. Seeing the popularity of this beer, Iím hoping I just got a bad tap....
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Originally reviewed: 1/11/10. Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. Came out a very dark black with some ruby highlights on the edges. Nice creamy tan head on top. Left beautiful sip rings. Smoke is surprisingly absent in the nose. I was expecting a smoky, roasted scent, but in its place was just some cocoa tones with a sweet finish.
Very creamy body on this beer. Carbonation level was low. Smooth. No smoke in the flavor either. What makes this smoked? This tastes like a regular porter to me. Some light coffee bitterness, mild chocolate flavors, and roasted malts on the finish. Sorry, but this was boring when I expected something a little more original.
julianokoala (4) - - MAY 14, 2014 does not count
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
The smoke just covers it all. Its prety burnt good.... although kind impossible to have the whole
FROTHINGSLOSH (4973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 I am rather finicky about smoked beers. Sampled on draft at the State College beer festival this beer poured a black color with a large tan head. The aroma is mild roasty malts. The body is rather light. The flavor is wood smoke with light roasty malts. The smoke dominates and lingers. Not remotely subtle. Not my style at all.
alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Russells in Amherst, MA.
Following Stones advice I prepared a pb&j and cracked my bomber open. I ended up enjoying the sandwich more...
Iím a big fan of Stone but this was just awful. SSP had a rusted metal, olive scent. Taste was of smoked rotten olives and beef. There wasnít an ounce of chocolate, vanilla or anything enjoyable in there. Mouth feel was okay but rather thin. When I started on the sandwich it brought out the alcohol flavor and made things worse.
Maybe this bottle was bad? Maybe I havenít developed a taste for smoked brews? Either way, this is one of the few bombers Iíve had to give away, and even then, it went unfinished.
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is the only Stone beer I didn't like. I don't like the combination of smoked and bitter.