LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2004
dark body med tan head. smells slightly bitter. nice consistancy. mocha taste smoky slighty bitter aftertaste you can definatly taste the smokyness very nice though. WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Poured from a bottle, lets just say still waiting for the smoked part of the smoked porter. The aroma was sweet, however I am still trying to acclomplish my sense of smell. The appearence was really nice, the lace klinged to the glass like no other. Sorry Stone, right now I have Sam Smith as a benchmark in the porters and you did not beat your benchmark. You missed by a tad (dy porter) CP (124) - USA - APR 11, 2008
I general haven’t like Stone in the past (specifically the bastards) but this one is pretty good. It is not boozy and has a nice consistent taste. Nice dark beer with coffee and roasted nut taste with hints of smoke. If you don’t like smoked beers you will probably still like this as the smoke is not overpower like Left Hands smoke jumper for example. This has more of just a hint of smoke rather than it overpowering the whole beer. run20six2 (123) - USA - AUG 21, 2004
A very good tasting beer. Very dark yet not a noticable taste of alcohol. Not too much aftertaste, but plenty of flavor. stephenj007 (123) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle pour, tan foamy head, nice red/brown hues, very appealing.
Balanced aromas of mild smoked grains, some cherry and tootsie roll.
Was expecting more chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Most porter styles tend to be consistently prominent in those three aromas, but this one was not.
Body was on the thin side, easily drinkable, not much carbonation. Tastes leaned toward sweet, with a bit more hops presence than other porters.
I would have to rate this as a "light" porter overall. Certainly a good quality brew, but just lacking the usual brawn of most porters.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bomber. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black but holding it to a light reveals reddish/brown hues on the edges. Head was medium sized and tan colored that lasted and lasted. Aroma was of chocolate, roasted barley with some caramel/toffee sweetness looming. If there is smoke in the aroma, it is very subtle. Flavor of crystal malt sweetness, toffee, chocolate and roasted barley upfront with maybe a hint of coffee. Develops a subtle smoked malt flavor along with a dry coffee flavor in the finish. Hops play a bittering role in the balance of this beer as I get none in the flavor or aroma. Mouthfeel was full bodied, fuller than most/all porters I’ve tried with a silky smooth finish. Excellent beer and though I was expecting more smoke, the beer overall completely makes up for it. Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2009
A rather good porter with a bit of smokey flavor. Hints of chocolate, licorice, some dark fruit. Very enjoyable. jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
22-oz bottle (NapaCabs.com) - Aroma: sweet, licorice / dried fruit, chocolate (malt); Flavor: sweet, salty, chocolate (malt), almond (smoke); Appearance: dark brown to black with tan head; Mouthfeel: full bodied, creamy-high carbonation; Overall: well balance of smoked and malt, full-bodied beer. jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Long lasting brown head tops an dark brown (almost black) opaque beer.
The first smells are of hops and malt. The hops are a little more than I would expect for this style, but exactly what I have come to expect from Stone.
The overwhelming taste here is of malt and a hint of chocolate. The smoke joins in about half way through and is just right not over powering in the least.
Very smooth on the tongue, oily and full bodied.
I tried this one with a danish blue cheese which is an excellent contrast. The porter wipes the pallet clean after each taste and makes the sharpness of the cheese even more pronounced.
Great representation of the style. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Poured into liter mug- looks awesome. Pillowy head... just looks creamy. Aroma is very slight roasted malts. Flavor is subtle chocolate sweetness and roasted malt; I’m not getting coffee at all really. A touch of acidity that I don’t love. The smoked malts are far in the background, but that I think that is good. Finish is well balanced and the palate is appropriately medium bodied. Only negative is that I get a slight medicinal twinge in the finish that turns bitter... I think it is a remnant of the smoke mixing with the hops... sort of like charcoal. This dies down substantially as it warms.