Lubiere (14240) - 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. Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Bottled Pint. Black, completely opaque, even held straight up to lightbulb! Heavy tan/orange foam. Charcoally/BBQ grill smell, or at least that’s kind of what it reminds me of, and that’s not a bad thing. Deep toasty/burnt chocolate flavor. Drinks relatively light & easy despite appearances. Slight metallic afetrtaste. Adequate carbonation. Nice effort by Stone!! meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
22oz brown bomber. This poured a deep black that let a little bit of light through and a decent sized tan head that quickly faded down to a collar. Smokiness can defiantly be detected in the smell but it is not overpowering as coffee and roasted malts also come through quite well. The taste is a quite balanced with the smokiness being subtle and a sweet malt flavor coming to the front of this. It has a slight bittersweet finish that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. A good all around beer that is not your average porter. Another good brew by stone.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle, 22oz, Thanks RK. Just finished the first half of this one and I’m really enjoying. Nose of cocoa and toffee, not really coffee in the aroma, but a nice bitter coffee flavor along with a slight initial sweetness that falls into a nice porter tart and then bitter flavor. Great look as this one is not black, but rather a dark ruby color with great lacing... isn’t it great how a thick head (with great staying power) will usually tell you about the beer. All the senses are taken care of in this nice porter. I don’t get much smoke, but Greg Koch says that I shouldn’t, so.... good! Stone does it again.... One of the best breweries in the world. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Deep Brown. Deep, malt driven aroma with a touch of smoked malts and a hint of chocolate, coffee, tar and dark fruits. Silky, sticky, coating and heavy body and feel on palate. An instant 5 on the palate. Big for its size. Notes of chocolate, coffee and wet pavement along with a very small amount of smoke. Tasty. BlondeBush (5) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
Had this during Stone Brewing tour/ tasting while visiting North County San Diego--- the peat-smoked flavors make the beer more like a Laphroaig Scotch than your average porter. VERY nice. Even out of a plastic cup. Ungstrup (38867) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2004
A red-brown beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of chocolate, but not much smoke compared to a Bamberg beer. The flavor is dry, slighty sour but also sweet and with light notes of chocolate. The end is quite roasty. I can’t detect the smoke, but it is a nice porter. bpauley (3) - USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
Brown clear body with a tan head, nice lace. The aroma is lightly smoked with hints of chocolate. You can taste the malt all the way through your mouth. Smoky, and chocolatey. Very tasty brew, I’ll drink it again.