smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Bottle - in my bottle the aroma is a bit odd. It had some smoke, but somehow a soapiness came through. An attractive appearance. Deep brown with a tightly bubbled beige head. Lacing was excellent. Soft on the palate. More roasty than smoky. It’s a good beer, but not quite what is implied by the name. ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle. Dark black with tan head. Lovely nose of sweet malt, but where is the smoke? Flavor is very well balanced and dominated by chocolate with some caramel evolving to a bitter, lightly roasted, finish - but where is the smoke?. Light mouth feel, and high carbonation. This is a very good and balanced beer, I’m not sure why this qualifies as being smoke... The smokiness is too subtle for me - which explains the low overall score - when something is labeled as smoked, I expect to be able to detect it. jrob21 (3662) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Where’s the smoked? Try alaskas smoked if you want smoked. This one tastes more like it was aged and brewed with smoke. Finishes of chocolate and coffee, smells of roasting barley. Lowe1983 (1589) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Pours a dark brown color with thin tan head. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee with a little smokiness. The flavor was very smokey with malts coffee, chocolate, and a hint of fruit. Finished off with a slightly hoppy flavor. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2006
22 oz bottle. Very dark brown with some red notes. Beige and lacing head. Aroma is a bit fruity, with chocolate and some weak smoked notes. Some espresso coffee bitterness, but mostly sweet with emphasis on chocolate. Semi-dry finish. Surprising light body. Easily drinkable and definitely enjoyable.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
22oz Bomber. Surprisingly light cream head, not dark [ish] at all. On the other hand the porter is as dark as it gets, at least with side, back lighting in this room, i can’t see through this at all, just some red tinting on the edges of the glassware. Little traces of lace on the way down. This is the "lightest" tasting Stone i can remember [don’t remember their Levitation when i tried that before] [and on another note, their Ruination has truly "ruined" me, i need MORE HOPS]
Slight coffee smell. Taste is a nice light porter, with a mild smokey flavor. The aftertaste is like coffee almost, the bitterness present is very light. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
this beer was disappointing to me. stone usually goes over the top with flavors so i was expecting liquid campfire, not so much. a pretty average porter with a hint of smokiness. pours opague wit a nice head. aroma of chocolate and coffee. nice hop taste and finish but i needed more smoke! EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Great looking porter poured from a 22oz bomber. Large frothy head of light brown and lasts most the pint. Dark black/brown appearance with a slight red hue when held to the light. The aroma of this beer is what struck me. Heavy malt and molasses/roasted chocolate and virtually no hop aroma but did detect a bit of bread/dough. Smokey smell was light, I expected it heavier and it would have been invited.demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Unfortunately, this smoked porter did not live up to the aroma for me. Albeit a great beer, it had a lightly sweet initial flavor but I was struck immediately with fair bitter taste with a hint of smoke. Exceptional medium to full body with a pleasant carbonation and dry yet creamy texture. As I drank I felt it finished even more bitter and it lasted quite some time on my palate. Would surly drink again but not something I will stock in my beer fridge. A little acidic/bitter for my taste, would go great with a hearty meal.
22 oz bottle: My thanksgiving beer! Aroma is chocolate, coffee, malts, smoke, caramel, and a bit of roasty goodness. Appearance is a black pour with a fluffy tan head that lingers around for a while. Taste is espresso like with chocolate and roasted coffee coming to the forefront and the smoke lingering on to the back end of the brew. Palate is bitter, lively, and nice and long. Overall, It’s a good porter rather subdued but drinkable all the same. Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Dark brown/black with thick tan head. Sweet aroma, creamy texture. Nice sweet malt but only a hint of smoke and a bit short on finish.