tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Pours opaque black. Nose is beef jerky and smoke. Flavor is some roasted malt, coffee, and tons of smoked meat, bacon, and jerky. The mouthfeel was rather thin and the flavor lacked much complexity. Smoked meat and jerky really dominate everything. Not bad, but also not exciting, and hard to finish a whole bomber. DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Pours black from tap with an inch of brown head. Slight smoked notes on the nose. I get a bit of coffee on the tongue but its a bit faint. Finishes dry which i like. Not my favorite Stone. AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Nice, smoky aroma of roasted malts with some sweet chocolate and subtle hops. This beer pours a thin black that lets some light through. The palate is sufficiently carbonated, if a bit thin, and the flavor is mostly bitter from all the smoke/roast and, less noticeably, from the hops. I was really expecting more character out of this, but the taste notes die out rather quickly, with only the smokiness lingering for a while. Very nice, but not game-changing. jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large, beige head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malts, coffee and some very light smoke. Slightly chalky finish. The smokiness is very light, but not a bad porter.
Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
22oz bottle for Christmas 2011. The porter poured a deep dark brown with a frothy brown head. The head laced down the glass and the aroma of coffee was subtle. This version does not over power you with smoke. The porter is thinner than expected. There are flavors of roasted malt throughout and at the finish. The carbonation was active at the pouring but average at the finish.
weihenweizen (3831) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2012
Refrigerated bottle set on the counter for a bit. Pours translucent really dark brown with medium brown hightlights and massive fluffy beige head. Some fluffy lacing, medium body, and light roasted malt aroma. Taste is roasted malt, some milk chocolate, some smoke, and bitter hop finish. Pretty easy to drink and one of the best porters I have had. HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 9, 2012
Sample glass from 650ml bottle. Nice looking pour, pitch black with a caramel head. Aroma was not strong; chocolate, coffee and earthy smoke. Taste is much the same but fuller. Body was medium to heavy. Overall, the smoke in this was more balanced than many rauchbiers, and didn't go fishy or bacony, but I still don't quite get the appeal of adding smokey flavour to beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Aroma: Deep rich earth aroma, Notes of soy sauce and autumn leaves.
Appearance: Black, deep orange tinges when held to light, tan head.
Taste: Heavy, notes of dark coffee and dark coco, the finish has notes of smoke and char and it is only in this where you note why it is smoked porter.
Palate: Thick almost oily like cold vodka, moderate carbonation and a lasting finish
Overall: I am starting to think stone can do no wrong, I have only had 3 beer by them but they are all fantastic this one would co fantastic with any form of grilled beef or even breakfast meats.
RexTalionis (3765) - FINLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head. Light tones of smoke, some wood and roasted malt and some chocolate in aroma. Burnt wood, smoke, some sweetness and perhaps even hints of vanilla in taste.
sheep (93) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2012
650ml bottle, no freshness date. Almost pitch black with a bubbly and thick mocha-coloured head that leaves a lacy ring around the edges. Lots of chocolate on the nose, caramel, light vanilla. Taste is full of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a slight hoppy bitterness and a charred, smoky and ashy finish. Palate is creamy and smooth but a little light. Medium carbonation. Pretty nice.