SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
Dark brown with dark amber hints. Shy smokiness with some chocolate undertones in the aroma. The beer starts with bitter chocolate, smoke passes by and roasted coffee ends the trip. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 6, 2003
The head is creamy, and fairly average in size. The appearence is ebony in coloration, and nearly opaque. The flavor is very smokey, like the smell of a pleasant campfire.overall this is a wonderful beer. one for the records. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Very good for the style. Dark brown with a big head. I disagree with the commercial description, the flavor is dominated by the smoke. Aroma is sweet, chocolatety and malty. The flavor is mostly smoke. Bitterness on the finish. Not the porter I was hoping for. FatherMoss (21) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of smokiness. Nicest aroma I've yet run across in a beer. Beautiful appearance - nice creamy tan head, dark brown color, excellent lacing. Taste is good - the chocolate and coffee really come out, along with the "bite" of the beer. Smooth and a little creamy on the palate. Good finish. A new favorite of mine. Not something I'd guzzle...this is something to be savored. Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 1, 2003
Aroma very reminiscent of Guiness, though color is lighter. Smokiness really brings out the flavors of smoked meat (pepperoni) and cheese (smoked mozarella). Beer disappears from glass very quickly.
sloth (2930) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Medium sized, chunky , tan/light brown head with some whispy laceing that hangs on. Dark brown color when held up to the light has a gorgeous clear red glow. Full bodied. Roasty, chocolatey nose with a hint of smoke.Slight smokeyness blends well with the malt and hops, though some more smoke wouldnt hurt. Finish is medium dry, roasty. Nice porter just needs more smoke! It is a smoked porter ya know. Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Pours a dark, dark brown with a dense, one-pinkie head. Lace is not spectacular, but acceptable. I smell hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and I sense some alcohol--but with the ABV only 5.9 I wonder why; the aroma is a tiny bit harsh to me. Taste chicory, chocolate, coffee. towards the end, a nice bitterness, then a rush of roasted malt, then a little more bitterness, and then the peat flavor just inches out at the end, just for a second, to say hello. Then after Mr. Peat smoke has said goodbye, the previously generous mouthfeel gets a little thin. Just a little, though. Like many raters here, I wouldn't characterize this as a 'smoked' porter, just a porter, albeit a good one. Another good brew from Stone.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Dark ruby brown color with nice highlights. Great explosive tan head and fantastic lacing. Fruity hops with coffee & chocolate, bitter notes emerge. Flavorful with just the right amount of smoked qualities, goes GREAT with some jerky while camping. Slightly sweet & bitter. Yummy! mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2003
22 oz. Seems like an average porter to me. The label is a pretty accurate description actually, I could taste the smoke as 'an element'. Decent hop flavor. Tasty, but I prefer other porters. andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Pours an opaque dark brown with an ok head. Has an ever changing character. First sniff reminds me of an English Pale Ale. Next one is mocha with hints of smokiness. Taste is similarly schizophrenic, but in a good way. Plenty of hops with smokiness appearing variably upfront and in the finish. That said, the character is mostly malts. Interesting brew, but a little confusing because it doesn't always taste/smell the same. Soft on the palate.