frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Nose: roasted chocolate malts, hint of hops, slightly acidic. Pours thick, liquid is black opaque with a column of tiny bubbles streaming up along the curved side of my sniffer. Head is large, tan and lasting, strong lacing. Flavor: front is sweet chocolate malts, body very smoky, chocolate malts, some hops in the background, finish is smoky and moderately bitter. Palate is thinner than I was expecting but not watery by any means. Overall, excellent, by far the most out standing porter I've experienced. Some raters said this wasn't very "smoky", well their taste buds must be broken, lots of smoke flavor here. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Dark brown, with a little tan head. Aroma is sweet, a bit metallic, with some roasty malts. Slight chocolate malt flavor, and not nearly smokey enough for my taste. Highly effervescent, with a thin mouthfeel, this was an underwhelming offering by Stone standards. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 This is a darn good smoked beer. Very dark and distinct porter taste with ust a hint of smokiness. Didn’t overpour the beer at all. Dauber810 (20) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
Extremely rich, and delicious. Not very smoky but one of my favorite porters. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Taste is also very smooth smoked roasted malts and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall the best smoked beer I have ever had.
temporrari (398) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Pours dark ruby red. Thin, light tan head. Nice aftertaste that lingers a bit. Pretty good. jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pours like the black of night. A nice white to off white head develops. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Aroma is roasted malt and smoke.
Flavor is deep smoked and roasted malt with a nice countering bitterness. Quite dry finish, but that cleans it all up. Quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is substantial but not quite coating which is appropriate for a porter, but I would call this basically an Imperial Porter.
Drinkability is great considering this is very flavorful brew.
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark ruby red with a thick tan head. Smoked and roasted chocolaty/coffee aroma. Initial smoky taste with a coffee undertone followed by a nutty sweet flavor and a good bitter aftertaste. A little lingering sweetness but not much. Creamy mouthfeel. GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - MAR 3, 2004
A dark porter full of chocolate and coffee. Not as good as the 6th aniversary porter but still very good. The long finish is very enjoyable jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Somehow I have never had nor rated this brew from Stone. This is really quite surprising considering how many of the other Stone brews I have had. Deep dark ruby body topped by a rocky tan head. Glass lacing is very nice. Aroma is smoky with a good amount of roasted malt and chocolate malt. I also get a good wallop of citrus hops. The flavor is smoky but not nearly as much as the Alaskan Smoked Porter. There are lots of chocolate and nutty flavors. The hops are noticeable. The body is medium-full with an acidic bite towards the end. The finish is medium dry there is a little bit of lingering sweetness but not overly much. Overall a very nice brew.