mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
This is a dark brown, slightly garnet beer with a creamy beige head. The aroma is of roasted malts and slightly smoky. It tasted full bodied and smooth. The dark roasted malts are certainly apparent in its taste, but the hops are nicely balanced. Also noticeable is a sweet and slightly smoky aftertaste, which to me was very pleasant. It is an easy to drink porter, very enjoyable. This beer ranks as one of my favorite porters and maybe my favorite beer that Stone brews. However, this is not for the average Joe, if you are not a fan of robust porters then I suggest starting with a more mild one. Very well made, bravo! Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
Very nice porter...dark, opaque appearance, dark fruit aroma, with a powerful smoked flavor, as expected...my first smoked porter and enjoyable! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
Dark brown hue with a thin, quickly absent tan head. The smoke isn't so subtle to me, it's actually pretty well developped. Very sweet though with lots of crystal? malt making up honey and maple flavors. Subdued hops profile that gain Stone a bit of respect from me. Chocolatey sweet, just very malty altogether and finely balanced once the grassy green hops finally kick in, but it's no standout in my books and is actually a bit watery in the finish. I can definitely see where the brewers are from when they claim this to be their less understood beer though. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2004
pours out dark with a tan head. smells of chocolate coffee and a hint of a smokey flavor. very thick mouthfeel and very easy going down. you can really taste the smoked malts over peat in this. being a scotch drinker, this has a small flavor similar to a weak scotch. this is a wonderful porter. my first try of the smoked class. ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 This is one of my favorite porters. Jet black, with a tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts and cocoa, with just a little smokiness creeping in. A very smooth beer. Malty at first, with a nice dry finish. Don’t let the "Smoked" in the name scare you off - the smokey flavor is mild and very well blended. An outstanding beer!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
I'm very impressed with this beer. Usually, I don't like porters, but this one is very good. Aroma is alittle smokey with hints of roastiness and chocolate. Maybe alittle nutty. Head is offwhite, and retains very nicely. Pretty much black opaque appearence with just a tint of brown. Flavor is sweet and malty up front then fades to a nice subtle hop and chalky finish. Smokiness is subtle and contributes to the dry finish. Very drinkable. Highly recommended elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
High quality in the design and balance of this porter, a tinge of smoke to accompany the malts, just enough hops in the finish. Not a big porter fan but this one stands out. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Dark brown in colour with a nice beige head. Nose is malty, a bit smokey, with a touch of anise. Well balanced malts and very slight smokey flavour. A very mild beer for Stone, but quite tasty. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
Damn good. Dark dark with thin tan head. The nose is very malty and lots of sharp hops. The taste is hoppy but first there is a kick of sharp hops. Very good, and I was surprised how easily drinkable this was. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Wow. Tasted this along with Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, and Imperial Stout, and finished off with 3Floyds Dark Lord. This was right in there with the best. Pours black with a deep tan frothy head. The aroma was inviting, full of chocolate and coffee malt with an ever so subtle smokiness. The flavor was fantastic, carrying the coffee and chocolate and the subtle smoke to make for a great drink. Beautiful.