Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2002
I guess what I want from a smoked beer is for it to be the outstanding characteristic rather than such a minor player. The smoke really didn’t come out until the finish and not until it was nearly room temperature. I would hope for much more smoke. Quite fruity, coffee in the aroma, some chocolate in the flavour. Pours very pretty. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
It is a good, robust porter...I'm just taken aback by the strength of the smokiness, and it reminds me a little too much of a BBQ or bacon. Dark reddish brown body, small lacing of the head around the sides of the glass. This beer has an awful lot of hops for a porter, which results in an unusually bitter finish. I will probably not buy this again soon. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Nice thick tan head. Very little smoke, if any at all, in both the nose and the flavor of this beer. Piney, grassy, and almost slightly tangy. Body seemed thin when compared to other more robust smoked beers I've had. Probably would stay away from this one in the future. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Tried and tried I might could not find a nose through the night. The smoked flavors are not up front in the flavor and really needed to be searched for. Makes a good porter, and a fine beer, but expecting the smoked and not getting any is kind of disappointing. Creamy textures fairly good feel. jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 12, 2003
Sweet fairly mild aroma. Frothy/creamy tan head and dark brown color. Medium-heavy body. Somewhat dry smoky/burnt flavor with a tiny bite.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Deep brown-black color. Excellent tan head. Very smokey - but a little thin. Could use a little more malt. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 16, 2003
Black beauty body, with a very thick, tan head, though not extremely dense due to fat bubbles. Smells of bitter hops, roasted chocolate-malt, and also some sweet cinnamon. Taste is a whole lot of coffee flavored hops, bitter chocolate and hickory-smoked barbeque. A novel occurrence being that I’ve never had a smoked beer before. Carries a medium-to-thick bodied feel in the mouth with hefty carbonation. Aftertaste is monstrously powerful, roasted everything: chocolate, coffee, oak chips, alcohol, furniture, phonebooks, and anything else you can heave into the fire. A very complex beer that ultimately fails because of too many strong flavors bombarding the palate. Honestly, I was expecting more refinement from Stone for this beer. 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. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Dark brown with reddish hues, small tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma hints of burnt chocolate and dark malts, caramel, floral hops, cashews, apricot, and raisins. Malty base flavors with a sweet and bitter tone. The smoky and slightly woody finish is noticeable but not dominate. Got just a bit of acidic undertone as well. The mouthfeel is dry and creamy for the medium to full-bodied brew. Nice solid porter with a great peat character. Worthy of having a few bottles on hand. phiconners (151) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Dark brown in appearance. Smoke flavor was apparent but not overwhelming by any means. A solid porter.