beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice creamy tan head. Almost opaque brown, but has these cool red highlights when held up to a light bulb. Faint smoke aroma, with chocolate and malt notes. There is a malt (patent/ roasted) astringency, coupled with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy... chewable stuff. The aftertaste has a few smoke notes, but is still dominated by the dark malts and hops. Not a real rauchbier in my book, but a damn fine porter. I nuked the last part of this beer (oh, the heresy), and it brought out much more of the malt aromas, bready, and maybe some yeast notes. Flavor is much more complex warmed up to about room temp. Heck, maybe I'll turn it into coffee temp. next. Yummy!
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was nice that the smoke wasn't overpowering, but otherwise a so/so porter.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good - but not as extreme as I'm used to stone's brews being. I was hoping for a bit more punch. Do they do a version of the imperial porter?
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nose was absolutely smokeless, but nonetheless smelled wonderful, as any good porter does. Distinct bitterness in the flavour. It was very creamy as I started drinking it, but became less so as time passed. Very good beer.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don't detect any smoke in the nose. Smells like a regular old porter to me. Cherry is what I notice the most. Held up to a light a little bit of red shines through. It tastes far less smokey than I expected. It is a little sour, and bitter - more like a stout than a porter. I can't put my finger on what it tastes like, but I like it! It is really creamy, almost like an oatmeal stout. Truly a great beer.
Reid (2474) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smoked porter? mmm sounds not very tasty..but lets see.
Well as with all Stone brews I have had so far this beer looks absolutlly great..deep mahogany brown beer..with some garnet accents when held to the light and on top a huge frothy tan head..great stuff.
Wow the aroma of this beer blew my mind..this is great stuff..roasted deep dark chocolate malts mixed with some great black coffee..and with a luxurious smokey smell below.
The taste is just as I described the aroma except I get that wondeful Stone creamieness..fantastic stuff.
Wonderful and smooth on the palate..with some great aftertatse.
A most drinkable porter indeed..I did not think I would like this "smoked" beer..but its just great.
I dunno whats happening to me but im becoming a Stone freak..god help me!
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colored body with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt with a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Full malt flavor accompanied by a mild smokiness and chocolate. The aftertaste is of dry roasted malt (and a continuing touch of smokiness).
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour with a frothy tan head. Nice complex aroma of molasses and chocolate. Deep flavor full of chocolate...hint of smokiness as well. Some roasted malt maybe? A damn good Smoked Porter if you ask me.
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich caramelly aroma with strong chocolate and alcohol presence. Small tan head that is mostly diminishing. Opaque body with a dark red hue. Nice lace. Good bitterness for a porter. The nice alcohol mouthfeel helps separate Stone's Smoked Porter from the rest of the Porter pack. Excellently sweet and strong. Warming. Thanks Kinz for sending this one.
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2004 bottle Pours a tranluscent deep deep brown with some dark violet/red tinges, black colors and a medium tan head. Bittersweet aroma, some nuttiness actually, a bit of sweet coffee. Immediately upon sipping, the smoothness and balance are felt. Big flavors, subtle smokiness that lingers in the background and is actually barely perceptible. More up front is a fairly large saltiness, with a touch of chocolate, lots of bittersweet malt. Finish is pleasingly coffeeish, a touch of syrup, maple, coffee, salted beef.(ok not as bad as salted beef sounds). Alcohol no where to be found. Flavor is subtle, not hugely complex with twists and turns along the way, but a solid drinkable porter. Could use some more hops.
late 2004 bottle Much less body and a more neutral, even, light chocolate malt taste. Little to no smoke, if any, and a lightly nutty/sweet body. Not as flavorful as I remember.