Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
One of the only smoked beers I’ve had that did a good job of staying away from the sin most commit -- it didn’t taste peaty or mossy at all. It was as though the barley had actually been smoked, instead of simply being replaced with whiskey malt. Highly recommended. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Tight creamy head. Nice coffee / mocha aroma and taste- smoked, from one of America’s best breweries. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 I guess this will work for beer #200. This is my favorite Porter to date and it is from a great Brewery. Pours very dark with a smoky off white head. The smell was surprisingly pleasant consisting of coffee, chocolate, caramel and mocha. The taste was fantastic and very warming. For a cold day this works extremely well as a session beer. The aftertaste has a really nice chocolate and caramel feel to it. On tap this was really smooth. I will have to try it out of the bottle and see what the result is. Right now I am very pleased. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Mocha and espresso nose with a touch of smoke. Great balance with no astringency. Great depth of body. Nice Rauchbier, the smoke is very soft and complimentary not overpowering. Some rich Bakers chocolate and mild vanilla with some toffee and marzipan. Great mouthfeel and very clean dry finish. No hop presence. 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Bottled. Beautiful, clear walnut colored liquid on the pour; virtually opaque in the glass, has a golden quality to the color. Head is tan, perfectly sized for a porter (when chilled; after sitting out, head got big, but still so beautiful), fully lasting and leaving behind wonderfully uniform rings with a uniform, complete, but not thick lace down the glass. Aroma: ah, the smell of salted, smoked meat...bakers chocolate, slight alcoholic notes, sweet caramel and yeast like a sweet dough. Vanilla and hazelnuts have crept in as the beer warmed and notable prune aroma as it was about room temperature, as well as some grapefruit rind. Body is the thin side of medium with wonderfully creamy-smoothe carbonation (TINY bubbles) that lasts through the swallow of a watery liquid underneath, blending things nicely. Slightly dry; mouth waterying. Flavor: hoppy little sucker! Noticably bitter, with not only the burnt bakers chocolate expected, but with grapefruit rind and a touch of pine. Alcohol is noticable on the back end and somewhat harsh. Meek malts have a touch of honeyed sugar, slight caramel(mostly in the aftertaste), milk chocolate. An overall harsh, earthy flavor; incredibly beautiful beer; great aroma and surprisingly refreshing for such a dark beer. It’s similarly refreshing to Obsidian Stout by Deschutes and shockingly wonderful for a porter--even with the Stone twists on style.
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Peat smoke is apparent in the aroma without overwhelming the orange-citrus and pine-like hops. Opaque dark brown body is topped by a fine-bubbled tan head that recedes slowly with excellent lacing. Bittersweet chocolate and a fairly strong roastiness with the hops becoming more noticable towards the finish before giving way to the smokey and roasty aftertatse. Medium body with fair carbonation. Wonderfully balanced. This just may be my favourite out of the regular Stone line-up. Bottle (trade Aug. 2004). Thanks, Dorwart! mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Nice dark red/brownish color, minimal head. Aroma has a hint of smoke, but not overpowering. Has a salty, smoky flavor, generally malty but quite hoppy (as is typical for Stone) for the style. A very nice beer with a properly understated smoky flavor. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
I like it. Oily roasted component. Good malts. Plenty of coffee. Bitter chocolate and a hint of peat. No obtrusive grapefruity hops, thank goodness. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours black, with a tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, smoke, aand chocolate. Flavors include hops, chocolate, smoke, and malt. The aftertaste is a little bitter, and the smoke lasts a while too. Thanks to Brock Landers for this one. rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a light tan decent-sized head. Aroma is bursting with strong notes of chocolate and nuts. The hops enter the palate with a strong punch, but then are balanced out with chocolatey maltiness. The finish is concise--the hops and malts settle in a smooth blend on the back of the tongue. Overall, probably one of the best porters I’ve had.