Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is chocolate, cream, coffee, and hops. Pours a dark reddish-brown, very slight transparency, with a nice white head with fair retention. Nice lacing. Malty in the beginning with chocolate and cream, with a moderate hop coffee finsh. Only slight smoke flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Aftertaste is mostly moderate coffee and hops. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
The aroma hit was a strong indication of what was to come...liquid vinous ovaltine. She looked and smelled fantastic, but the smoked element in the flavor was really off-putting, like burnt popcorn. Finish was medium length, with some soy and a kick of the usual Stone hop bitterness. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 Smells chocolatey and sweet with hints of smoke and coffee. Deep brown color with a decent tan head. Tastes sweet and rich with flavors of burnt cocoa. Finishes slightly bitter with a kiss of hops. Not smokey enough for the style in my opinion. iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Almost opaque. Dark maroon in colour. Great chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Nice chocolate malt taste with some coffee and a good hop bitterness. Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2004
Very dark, opaque in a mug, with a nice roasted aroma. Rich roasted flavours with just a bit of smoke.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Very dark brown with a light head that sticks around. Light but pleasant roasted malt aroma with a little smoke. Roasted coffee flavor with some more of the smoke in the finish. My first brew with even a little smoke...interesting. Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Nearly black, with light brown lasting head. Nose is coffee, lightly roasted and light malt. Good roasted profile , with just a hint of smoke qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2004
dark brown, brownish/tan head for a few seconds and then dissolves away quickly, great smoky smell, can taste the chocolate that ends in a smoky taste. would like to drink again. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Pours a very dark brown/black with a reddish hue and a thick beige head. Aroma is of light smoke and wood. Taste is of coffee, mocha, very light peat, roasted malt and balanced hoppage. Perfect amount of sweetness with a mild burnt aftertaste. Medium to light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, one of the best porters out there, recommended. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2004
blackish/ruby body with a big, foamy & creamy dark tan head, lasting and good lacing. medium to light smoky nose, faint raisin, and toasted/burnt malts too. roasted malt and coffee flavor, with a strong hop presence for a porter. not much smoke flavor. medium to light mouthfeel, low carbonation. while ratebeer calls it a porter, the bottle labels it a smoked porter, so I’m calling this #2 compared to the alaskan smoked.