hauxe (761) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2017
Pours very dark brown. Frothy, tan head that lingers for the duration amidst sticky lacing. A very attractive brew. Aroma is chocolate but with notable hop undertones: lots of pine, and a bit floral. More reminiscent of a black ipa than a traditional porter. Taste is bitter, almost too bitter with the hops mostly squelching the sweet chocolate and smokey undertones, but the balance is just kept and comes out strangely all the better for it. Full body, soft carbonation, rich, creamy and smooth. Absolutely delicious. A beer that leaves me sad when the glass is gone gets extra points in my book. At the time of rating among my best top ten.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Just when I was starting to think that Stone was an overrated brewery... This is some really good stuff, I was expecting it to be one-dimensional like many West Coast brews are (hops, nothing but hops), and the hops are here, but there are a lot of other flavors at play here too. Thanks to herbjones for the brew. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 This is one of the best beers I have had in a while. Given a blind tasting of it I would have misteken it for an imoerial stout. This is a big beer especially for a porter. Aroma is of esters, acid (hops?), and roasted malt when cold. As it warms the alcohol and chocolate really start to come out. The flavor starts somewhat sweet with highlights of malt and chocolate and coffee. It finishes bitter which feels like it could be coming from either the hops or the malts - good balance. Another winner by the Stone Brewing dudes. SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002 does not count
A bit too unbalanced for my tastes as it is now, but should get better with aging. Had a cloying sweetness in the nose and finish, with a subtle smoke aroma. Not enough hop aroma and bitterness to counteract the rich, viscous body and sweet, malty flavors. Also had strong alcoholic aroma and flavor, which became more pronounced as it warmed. The alcohol overpowers other elements, namely the roastiness and smokiness. I’d prefer it much more with less residual sugars (i.e. drier) and with sharper hop bitterness. If you’re gonna boost the malt over-the -top, make sure to boost the hops accordingly!
Re-rate 12/23/02: Different bottle from a different batch. This was much more balanced. Smokiness much more apparent, alcohol much more subdued, better attenuated (drier), and more noticeable bitterness. This bottle and others I’ve tried more recently are much more balanced. They taste like they’ve been aged/conditioned longer. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Oh how I wish this was the smoked porter that stone always makes. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head with aromas of roasted malts, and brown sugar. Flavors are really smokey with loads of chocolate flavors to match. A slight bitterness makes this brew and over all treat..
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Enticing aroma with roasted malt, wood, leather, chocolate and a lightly floral, almost cologne-like component. Very dark reddish brown, almost black color with an uneven, fine-bubbled head and some delicate lacing. Flavor has some lightly toffeeish, treacly, sweet, roasty, lightly smoked malt mingling with sprucey, piney, floral, lightly citric hops, which become more apparent throughout the finish and aftertaste. Body is fairly thick, with an oily, effervescent palate. Good stuff. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2002
I’m sure glad i made a trade for this stuff the best porter i’ve had so far.Nice dark color with a malty aroma and it definately is kickin in the malt flavor with some faint but ever present smokiness that really rounds out this brew and makes it perfect the finish was good with some smokiness again.one phrase say’s it for me and thats "Damn thats good stuff" Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
This was a pleasant surprise on a $28 round-trip cab ride from the Anaheim Mariott to the Hollingshead Deli 4.5 miles away. This is another classic from Stone. Thoroughly black with a nice ruby halo and a medium beige head. Aroma is not as smoky as I remember the Smoked Porter being, it is definitely more subdued. Warm flavor of chocolate, licorice and black cherry. Finish is as smooth a suede. Great stuff! Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Amazing porter with a big hop kick. Pours black with a 2 inch brown head. Thick roasted coffee and chocolate on the sides of the tongue and a hot stripe of hops right down the middle. The palate seemed extremely creamy - that was unexpected and enjoyable. Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
22 oz Bomber right in to the glass with am impressive lace and an absolute smell of perfection. dark , really dark. Smoky rich and malty are what comes to mind after the first few sips.Thick rich palate perfectley accompanies the malty oak complexity of this Porter.Flavours of hops, homemade bread,German chocolate cake, and triple shot latte,Ends somewhat salty and still a definite top 50 beer.Robust is the signature of this Porter, this beer came straight from Mr.ArrogantBastard, Thanks Greg you have another winner here, Extremely Recommended !