DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber, $5 @ Lemon Tree. Robust. Yep, thatís about the way to describe it. Pours a big, robust deep brown with a big slightly tan head. Nice peat smokiness up front in the nose, and it segues right into the taste. Malts show in a little later; a nice coffee roast thatís still wedged in behind the smoke. Some malt stickiness starts to build on my lip. Taste is nice and rich, but it makes clear the alcohol is no stronger than any mass beer. Nice to sit with at the end of the day, with some sausage or an ice cream dessert. I tried it with a PB&J as suggested on the bottle. That works too, but I wouldnít serve that at a beer pairing.
mateuszk (1784) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Nice porter with medium strength smokiness and bit of sulphur notes in aroma. Medium body and carbonation, lightly bitter in finish. Quite OK, but I expected more smoky beer.
sulawang (1006) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Pours dark walnut brown with a smallish dissipating head, thin ringed microfine retention, micro streams all around.
Nose: brown sugar barley malts, caramel. (lvl-6)-intensity
Mid-palate: roasted barley malt with underlying coffee sourness, dark chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness),
Finish: bitter roast, bitter hops,
Summary: The complexity is certainly there and the flavour transitions are seamlessly smooth. Some smoke, but rather reserved and refined - Great balance and finesse.
koleminer20 (2416) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle shared by ebone1988 for the fucking book because I guess I pissed someone off in a past life. Thanks a lot. The pour is a darker ruby/light brown with a lot of translucency and a thick ivory colored head that slowly falls down to a thick collar and film. The aroma is not good. There is a ton of metallic malt and a strong smokiness. A hint of chocolate and a light roast really bring up the back end of this shit show. The flavor is smokey garbage. There is a thin metallic malt and a ton is smoke. Itís got a light chocolate happening but itís just a mess. The mouth feel is thin and slick with a very light carbonation and a lingeringly smokey and metallic malt finish. This is smokey water and Iím quite unhappy.
ebone1988 (1322) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Best by March16, 2016. Yikes. Aroma is metallic, smoky, roasted malt, some alcohol, pretty one-dimensional. Appearance is brown red, light light tan head, poured extremely thin. Taste is very smoky, bready, roasted malt, robust, metallic, but as advertised. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, smoky metallic aftertaste. Overall, not as bad as I expected.
Quick3Beers (890) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a rich dark brown with deep red notes from a bottle. Peaty coffee and chocolate aroma, flavor is similar with a slight hint of Moxie. Turns a little creosote-y on the finish. Okay beer.
superspak (4587) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/28/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finer dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compelxity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent smoked American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Itís unfortunate that this one is being retired this year, but at least the homebrew recipe will always be available. A very enjoyable offering.
dfinney23 (2672) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the "how have I not already rated this? file. As a rauchbier fan Iíd love to see even more smoke; thereís plenty of chocolate and coffee to keep it from just tasting like smoke.
BeerRenter76 (728) - Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Originally rated on 9/20/09. Stones smoked porter poured a black body, quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma was rather faint of chocolate, roasted malt, even a little fruit. Mouthfeel was a little thin but o.k. The smoked flavor is nice but goes away rapidly leaving the roasted malt aftertaste.
crazy_cat_lady (363) - - JUL 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at beerbistro. Very smoky aroma, freshly roasted coffee. Very dark brown with thin tan head that lingered. Roasty flavour, with nice coffee, leather. Bitter finish. Pretty good.
ttoadee (1276) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark amber, 2 fingers khaki foam. Nose is dark smoked malt. Bittersweet. Middle is charred malt, coffee grounds, molasses, and woody hops. Finish is bittersweet and long, with one last whiff of smoke. Nice.