unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is probably my favorite smoked porter to date. Pours a perfect dark, dark brown color. Wonderful roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. Also detect some spice aromas. Flavor is smokey, sweet and bitter in great harmony. An excellent representation of the style.
egajdzis (6320) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown, not opaque with a slight reddish hue to it and a nice off white head that left beautiful lacing. Aroma of hops and roasted malt. Smoked taste, followed by coffee, hops, and roasted malt. I wish I rated this earlier.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild dark coffee aroma. Very dark and nicely rich. Bitter chocolate flavor with a crisp finish. The "smoke" comes from the roasted malt, I guess. But it tastes nice, nevertheless. One of the better porters in my opinion.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown almost black in color, roasted coffe smell, rich dark chocolate roasty hints of toasted malt with a smooth smokyiness and the ends very good porter
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess I'm just not a fan of smoked beers. Nice, thick porter. I do like the coffee taste, I just can't get past the smoke. Not my thing.
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very dark brown, with a dark tan head. If served very cold it is a good idea to let this sit for 5-10 minutes before drinking or the beer will have little flavor. If tasted at the right temperature, hints of coffe and chocolate are present. This is a great porter, and another good beer from Stone!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Very nice aroma (possibely the best part) of soft hints of cinnamon and ginger. These flavors did not appear in the taste at all. When colder the smokey flavor tastes grassy so only drink warm. The main taste is leather and smoke. A nice beer to try, wouldnt drink it every day
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Dark Dark Brown color with roasted coffee aroma.Taste is strong with chocolate and coffee the flavors. Well balanced and extremely smooth and sweet in the mouth.Creamy towards the finish with a smokey bitter taste that lingers long after the last sip. A great sipping porter.
brownaler (618) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I've been really looking foward to this beer, and I'm a little bit dissapponited. I expected to smoke flavor to be a bit more organized. A good poter nonetheless.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Solid Porter. Dark brown with good head. Roasted arouma with coffee hints. Same goes for flavor. Great mouth feel( on the lighter side) All in all a fine example of style, well balanced.