LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2006
I was expecting more. The head was long lasting and cream colored, quite thick. The color dark and opaque. The initial flavor was that of the hops, very notable, much like in everything Stone produces, however the malts I felt were completly overshadowed by the hops. I don’t really see a reason to go back to this one. mezr (136) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz bottle purchased at Stone Brewing Co. Very dark brown/black with a rich tan head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, roasted coffee, and very light smoke. Very enjoyable to drink. Slightly sweet, and very light bitter finish. Very nice lacing, more sticky than expected. toby00777 (135) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Black pour produced a superb head one that laced the pint glass all the way down. A chocolate malt aroma transcends over into the taste, along with coffee, light charcoal, burnt toast and the infamous smoky peat finish that gives you a small kick in the sack. Although thick and chewy, the light carbonation makes for a great session brew. littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Poured black with a tan, foamy head..nice lacing. Aroma rather sharp. Wonderfully bitter. Nice burnt finish. Lingering smoky taste halfway through glass. Great beer, but I think one would be enough. gbe75 (134) - ICELAND - MAY 15, 2012
Beige head and roasty malted aroma. Not so smokey taste with bit of chocolate. Full bodied with oily and creamy texture. Carbonation is rather average. Tiny bitter finish.
v64 (134) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2011
Smoky, hoppy aroma. Inch-thick brownish white head. Solid black in appearance (as it should). Very rich taste, overwhelms the taste buds. Smoked is correct. Smooth finish. NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts and some carmel notes. Taste is very smokey with hints of charcoal. Some sweet notes. Mouthfeel is thin in a good way but coats the mouth in the finish with a nice smoked malty sweetness. Smoked is spot on. If you like this style of beer, this a must try. mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bomber poured into a pint glass had a solid tan head that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malt, as is the flavor. There is a little bit of smokiness in both, but I can definitely understand the complaint that for a "smoked" porter, the smokiness is not very pronounced. It’s plenty for me, though. The color is basically coke; it’s pretty much black, but if you hold it up to a light you can kinda-sorta see that it’s brown. Sort of.
The more I sit here and drink, the more the sweetnees and the smokiness are coming out. There’s also a nice, lingering bitterness on the backend (the beer’s, not mine). I tend to like my pale ale’s on the dry side and my porters and stouts a little sweeter. This is definitely on the dry side for me. But, with that said, it’s definitely a beer worth repeating. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2003 14Jan2003 Update: After some prodding (from the brewer, no less), I
decided to clarify this rating. The beer is not
bitter by absolute standards, but it is (in my opinion)
over-bittered in the sense that it overwhelms the unique and
subtle flavors present in the beer. Re-rate ASAP.
(20Dec2002--22oz bottle) Reading the commercial description, the smokiness of this ’smoked porter’ is indeed subtle.
Unfortunately, the hop bitterness of this beer is anything BUT subtle.
In what seems to be a recurring theme from this brewer, excessive bitterness undermines what would otherwise be a unique and wonderful beer.
The beer is totally opaque. Its head is lumpy, rust-colored, fine-textured, very lacy, and provides a nicely persistent effervescence to the beer.
The aroma is surprisingly mild; a little smoky, with some malt and alcohol.
Flavor: starts bitter, ends bitter, bitter in the middle. In the midst of the bitterness, I did actually taste wonderful smokiness and tasty roasted malt.
The beer has perfect mouthfeel. ’Hop heads’ love this, but I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that the level of bitterness in this beer detracts from its overall quality. ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Very dark, almost black pour with a thin lasting tan head. I have a cold, so I will just assume the aroma matches the flavor. The flavor is very chocolaty with coffee and malt bringing up the rear. The smokiness is very noticeable, but not dominant. All in all this porter is very balanced. There is no wateriness to the flavor or the feel, which is a welcome change from some other porters I have had recently. I am very happy with this one.