Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Pours a very dark brown with mahogany edges, almost no head at all and very small lace. Aroma is mainly chocolate malt, though there is not a lot else that I can detect. Chocolate and roast malt in the flavor with just a very slight undertone of smoke. Not too big of a body, though the palate is nice and smooth. It leaves the mouth feeling nice and clean. This is a unique smoked as it does not really over power you with the smokiness that others do. Very mellow and pleasing. ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Robust with smoke and chocolate aroma. Deep dark color with medium tan head. Very well balanced roasted malt, smoke and coffee flavors. A very delicious porter that I highly recommend! Weisseroy (1) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003 does not count
Delicious and balanced roasted/smoky/chocolatey aroma. I daresay the flavors are perfectly balanced as well, with a nice roasted malt flavor that goes down smooth and doesn't finish tasting burnt. Rather it leaves you with a nice sweet taste in your mouth that asks for more. The larger bottles are a great serving size for these situations. Diagnosis: delicious. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
11/14/03. On draft at Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 11/14/03. Dark coffee brown with good carbonation. Moderate tan head that lingers very thin. Very good, slightly quick but uniform lacing. Nice solid nose with inviting smokiness and strong malt-- subtly sweet but very fine. Taste is immediately darkly malty and smoky with a light sour edge like a dry stout. Also very subtle hints of sweetness. Medium-to-thin body with quick harsh bitterness. Finish is surprisingly elegant but a little too darkly smoky and dirty for my tastes, quite long and interesting but not outstanding. Another very solid beer from Stone. But it's probably the one of their year-round brews that requires the best timing for its consumption-- not something I could drink any day of the week. bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2003
It poured smooth and dark with a grand volume of light brown head. The head subsided and left a half inch nestled on the top of this rich, dark beer. The aroma entwined smoked malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of coffee and malt are abundant. The smoke taste is subtle but noticeable. Chocolate comes on as an aftertaste. Very nice.
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Pours dense and dark with a thin cream colored head, aroma is rich with mocha and malts. The flavor is full of roasted chocolate and coffee, semi sweet but mostly dry and smokey, strong finish, a most splendid porter, rock on. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Pours black with a persistent light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-) y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 pitch black and bubbly good start beer with smoked oaky smell..tasty oaked and mesquite bbq and slight banana taste. had a large head that reminds me of cookies and creme when i looked down from the top. Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2003
22 oz bomber-again, another under-rated brew! in the words of Hopscotch, "this beer rocks!" deep brown appearance-little red around the rim of the glass. little head, but what head was there was off-white. nice small sized bubbles-Awesome! Aroma was pretty stanrdard, but nice(chocolate, roasted, sweet, some citrus?(i detected citrus as it warmed up). complex flavor-chocolate, roasted-as it warmed, the smoke flavor comes. Slight sourness way late in the finish. Why the low ratings? brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
A deep dark brew with a slight hint of red around the edges. Light malt and faint smoked aromas. Flavor is lightly malty balanced by hops with light touch of smokiness. Nicely done with hints of roasted malts.