Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Maybe my bottle was old, but this beer lacked any flavor, and it didn’t seem quite smoked to me. I will stick to Stones other brews. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2003 Sort of roasty and full of chocolate/coffee malt. Pretty bitter. Not all that smoky, really, despite the name. My favorite Stone beer. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Not much of a porter. It's more like a very dark, well-hopped APA. Minimal head and no lacing. Very smokey aroma. The smoked aspect of the flavor is very evident, and is enjoyable. The body is pretty thin, especially for a porter. The hop bitterness in the finish is a bit unenjoyable, which surprised me considering stone seems to be great at creating the perfect hop finish. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 RERATE: Aromas of sweet coffee and musty thick wood smoke. This is one thick porter. Rich, milky, like a cafe mocha. Medium, soothing hints of smoke flavor. The only thing wrong is too much smoke flavor, but only just too much. humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 Another fine creation from the folks at Stone. Mellow, smooth and chalked full of character. Subtle sweetness followed by hearty roasted malts and a dash of smokeyness. Head was persistant and the languid liquid dark and inviting. However the last several drinks began to taste like my grampa's old cough medicine. You know, like molasses, vicks rub and rusty nails. I'm sure this is due to the hoppy overtones not quite characteristic of this style. Regardless, the overall experience was positive.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark ruby color with a medium creamy tan head. A bitter(going against what the bottle says, but this is jsut for the aroma) roasted malts with a slight pacific coast hop aroma. Upon warming the hops become more dominate in the aroma and taste. Finish is slightly dry. SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
A nice opaque color with hints of smoke and chocolate. However, there has always been some kind of conflict in the aftertaste on this beer. Its too funky and subtle. A very nice smoked porter, but average at best for the style. The 6th Anniversary blows this away. Not heavy enough. Beaver (1789) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
The Smoked Porter poured a dark black with a semi-creamy tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Suprisingly, there was not much of an aroma to this beer just a slight malt smell. I wasn't very impressed with the taste either. It had a very bitter, hoppy finish for a porter. As it warmed a roasted malty start became more pronounced. I was expecting a lot from this beer and was pretty disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it was nowhere near what I though it would be. I didn't notice any smokiness in the nose or taste either. SpringsLicker (3613) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2004
This filled the glass with a rich black brew and a substantial creamy tan head. It comes on more like a Stout than a Porter to me and the flavor profile is dominated by the sharpness contributed by roasted/peated barley. This brew has some aspects of a Stout rather than a Porter, and if you are a Stout lover who doesn't care for Porters, then you will probably enjoy this one. A good beer, but I was a little disappointed. I expected something different mostly. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
The aroma hit was a strong indication of what was to come...liquid vinous ovaltine. She looked and smelled fantastic, but the smoked element in the flavor was really off-putting, like burnt popcorn. Finish was medium length, with some soy and a kick of the usual Stone hop bitterness.