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RATINGS: 2450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A rich, dark and delicious porter with chocolate and coffee overtones accented by a subtle smokiness from just the right amount of peat smoked malt. Unlike a rauchbier, the "smoke" in Stone Smoked Porter is an ELEMENT of the character rather than being THE character. -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Bottle - in my bottle the aroma is a bit odd. It had some smoke, but somehow a soapiness came through. An attractive appearance. Deep brown with a tightly bubbled beige head. Lacing was excellent. Soft on the palate. More roasty than smoky. Its a good beer, but not quite what is implied by the name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
This is a nice porter. The roasted malts come through pretty strong in the aroma, also a hint of smoke. Flavor is sweet, malty, and smokey all at once. Great mouth feel, leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1686) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Dark brown appearance with a tan, rocky head. Some smoke is evident in the aroma, along with roasted malts and coffee. The dark fruit and caramel malt taste accentuates the full-bodied flavor with a mild hop bite. Smoke shows up again in the smooth dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 This is one smokey, smoked Porter. The Peat was really coming through strong on the night I tasted this one. A bit too strong for me. I think smoked porters maybe arent my thing. But if they are you thing this is probably a great one. UPDATE: Had another one last night and it was much more subdued on the smoky side. Made for a much better overall porter experience. Might need to re-assess this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Aroma was a bit faint. Flavor was sweet and chocolaty, but also too bitter and too hoppy. I really didnt pick up much on the smoke character, but still this was a pretty good porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (4311) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2004
BottlePoured at 59F very dark. Almost black. Aroma is faint, smokey toasted, hoppy. Tastes definately smoked, and a fairly strong hopps content. The lingering smokey tang is haning around a while and theres plenty of carbonation for everyone. Finish does not have that smooth soft feel that I like in this style. Just OK and for almost $4 I probly wont get it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Dark as night color with a pale chocolate, coffee aroma. Smokey, dark coffee roasted flavor with some chalkiness residing. Needs a little more smoke character. Fairly smooth and nicley hopped. It ends with a dry, then semi-biitersweet finish. An enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2004
deep brown, light brown head, mostly not lasting. aroma is lightly chocolatey, dont really detect any roast, some chalkiness. flavor is virtually the same with a lightly to moderately hopped finish. mouthfeel is fairly substantial. i was shocked that the smoke is barely detectable in the aroma and undetectable in the flavor. while i think schlenkerla beers are somewhat overly smoked, this beer is undersmoked for the style. However, this is still a good porter, just not really what i would call a smoked porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2004
06.23.04 22oz Bomber. Quite dark, hearly black with auburn highlights at edges. Little head is wispy. No smoke in aroma(?) but rather smells liek a regular porter. Not so roasty, mostly sweet smelling with some anise. Very malty. Flavor has a nice smoked quality, but more like smoke was an afterthought, or a mistake. Not at all sweet. Some raisin notes up front. Very bitter finish makes it signature Stone. Roastiness really lingers over a nice hop bite. This is a beer that grows on me and really improves as the glass empties. Could definitely stand for a more assertive smoke character. It almost seems as though the beer is trying to avoid being smokey so that it wont be labeled a smoked beer...why? Is smokey beer less marketable? Later...I cant get over a certain grapefruit pithe flavor that keeps poking in its head and is rather annoying. As a porter, this is a very good beer. As a smoked porter, I think it falls short. Ive rated the beer for what it is, a porter, and ignored that the label calls it smoked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Deep brown bordering black, fluffy tan head. All kinds of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and crme brulee, with just the slightest hint of smoke in the nose. Flavor practically matches aroma with the addition of those famous Stone hops present to balance out the richness. Full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, bitter-sweet finish. Brilliant!! Greg...if you can make it to PA, VA and DC, surely you can squeeze in some production for Maryland too right? :-)

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