DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 This intense flavor bomb pretty much blows away Stone's excellent Smoked Porter, and in fact could rival most Imperial Stouts on the Flav-O-Meter; The robust and very muscular dark roasted maltiness is accompanied by an equally strong smokiness and hops bitterness, both of which simply kick ass in the finish, which is like licking an ashtray; Nose is more balanced and less sweet than their smoked porter; Dark tan head is slightly darker than their smoked porter, and is similarly constructed, with the creamy topping covering the bubbly head; Very good head retention and lacing; A very impressive effort from the good folks at Stone pilsnerrogge (3022) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2016
Bottled:jonno (3012) - JAPAN - JUL 31, 2016
Pours black with ruby edges. Frothy head.
Roasted aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate, hops and some smoked meat.
Really bitter flavor with notes of hops, chocolate, coffee and some smoke.
Much like a Black IPA in some ways, this is very straightforward. Not a lot of complex malt character considering the style, but a well made beer, as expected from Stone. bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Not bad at all. It’s got a delicious smokiness, a bit toasty on the back of the throat. Great Anniversary beer!! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 1 Aug 2004
Two years later, it's still great. Smokey, chocolatey, and some bitterness. Beautifully complex
Simply Beautiful. Explosions of coffee, chocolate & malt flavor. Smooth on the tongue, w/ a nice balance of malt & hops.
MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Opaque, but clear around the edges, mahogany with a 2-finger khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of smokey malt, roasted coffee, caramel, roasted malt and a little chocolate.
Taste of heavily roasted bitter coffee, chocolate, smokey roasted malt, dark fruit and caramel.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
There is no ash tray smokiness here. It's more of the peaty-style smokiness. Although, I wouldn't describe the taste as peaty. Nice balance of bitter, smokey and malty flavors.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone sloth (2957) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Small light tan head, creamy, good retention and a groovy lace. Almost pitch black in color withsome red around the edges. Chocolatey, faint smokiness and some pineyness in the nose. Full bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Large malt and hops combo. The hops up front, in the middle and in the end work well with the roastiness, chocolate and maybe some patent acidity? Finish is dry, resiny, lingering, with citrusy notes. Very nice! I,m assuming this beer to be two years old? If so, all i can say is WOW! Really held up well. Thank you whaleman! androman (2937) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2017
1pt 6fl oz bottle at home from De Caigny, Belgium. Nose is roasted malt, peat, smoky. Body is clear nearly black, head is small, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, cardboard. No sweetness, heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting hoppy and roasty heavy bitter. Medium to full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Relative easy, very bitter, interesting, nice one. ABUSEDGOAT (2902) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is roasted coffee, light chocolate, light hop bitterness. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. I don’t get any barrel notes here. Good concept and executed well but by today’s standards I don’t view this as a 4+/5 porter. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
22 oz. bottle shared by wetherel at the BA Alesmith release. Thanks man! Poured a dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor had was much of the same with some faint vanilla hidden in there. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Still a very good beer.