JoeMcPhee (9454) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Dark bronw beer, faint ruby colour with a thick tan head. Light beechwood smokiness underlies a bittersweet chocolate aroma. Toasted malts are also apparent. Flavour is smokier than the aroma, a bit of chocolate malt, light sweetness in the middle with a long toasty and bitter finish. There is also a touch of hoppy aroma as well. A nice beer. DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
I have had this beer before, and I swear that I rated it. I guess I didn’t though. Here goes again. Somewhat yeasty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee malty notes. Somewhat musty odor as well, but not really a ton of smoke in the nose to be appreciated. Moderately transparent dark mahogany color with a nice light tan head that hangs around. A nice looking beer. Oily palate, finishing somewhat hoppy and bitter. Start has some coffee notes whereas the middle has some slight smoked notes. A bit too oily and thick for me when it comes to a porter. Not too bad. Needs more smoke if it’s gonna call itself smoked. elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2004
A well balanced and damn tasty smoked porter, and feels a lot stronger than the listed 5.9% alcohol. Now if only I could get it in 6 packs... ;) axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt. A little smoke. Flavors are chocolate and coffee with a nice earthy smoke taste. Smooth brew with nice carbination. Really good stuff! BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2004
I was really looking forward to comparing this "side by side" to Alaskan’s Smoked Porter (sampled at GABF ’04). But, alas, my shipment of Alaskan Smokies and Stone Double Bastard was damaged enroute and returned (damn that REALLY sucks, Merry Christmas John!). Anyway, I figured I’d try this one anyway. Pours a nice deep dark brown. Coffee and chocolate aroma is nice and expected. The taste is a combination of both those flavors, together with a hint of smokiness and medium bitterness. Not near as smoky, "bacon and eggy" as the Alaskan variety. Has the requisite amount of malts and hops. Medium bodied, adequate mouthfeel, with a slightly bitter finish. This beer is good, but not my favorite among Stone’s multitude of offerings.
flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Dark brown in color with an initally lagrge head that settled by but left a super lasing sheen on tan bubbles all the way through. Malty and sweet aroma along with some bitter hops and just a faint hint of smoke.. Wonderful taste. This was almost like a normal, great porter, but then there is just a hint of smoke that makes you take notice of the flavor. Some sweet malts, along with chocolate and maybe some molasses, and there is a nice hop bite in the finish. Couple all that with the smokiness and you get a heavenly taste. Thick in the palate and clings to the roof of my mouth. Merry Chistmas and a Happy Festivus to me! davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Thick smoky porter with a dark black color has a littly bit of a brown color when held up to light. Small amount of brown tan head but it lasts. Flavor is very smokey and very flavorful. Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Light black with thick off white head. Light hops and smoked peat aroma. Sweet malt chocolate and smoked nuts with crisp mouthfeel. Rather complex body. Summer 2004. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
From the "1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz" bottle - Pours a thick black brew possessing a fine, lingering tan head and the rich arona of
caramel, cocoa, and bananas! The taste is a rich, malty one with peaty overtones and a sharp finish - I really like this beer! Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
I love porters, but am not overly fond of smoked beers. This brew, however, is not dominated by smoke. Lovely color of pitch - and a hint of brown when held up to the sun on a late lazy afternoon. The nose reminds me of summer BBQ’s at Bill’s, roasted pork butt on the smoker. Quite easy to drink, smooth and roasty with a hint of cocoa, although the smoke is one attribute I would remove, if I could. Smoke is for BBQs, not beer.