Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2002
A little too burnt for me. But still a good one. Nice head, good aroma, and a nice finish. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2003 14Jan2003 Update: After some prodding (from the brewer, no less), I
decided to clarify this rating. The beer is not
bitter by absolute standards, but it is (in my opinion)
over-bittered in the sense that it overwhelms the unique and
subtle flavors present in the beer. Re-rate ASAP.
(20Dec2002--22oz bottle) Reading the commercial description, the smokiness of this 'smoked porter' is indeed subtle.
Unfortunately, the hop bitterness of this beer is anything BUT subtle.
In what seems to be a recurring theme from this brewer, excessive bitterness undermines what would otherwise be a unique and wonderful beer.
The beer is totally opaque. Its head is lumpy, rust-colored, fine-textured, very lacy, and provides a nicely persistent effervescence to the beer.
The aroma is surprisingly mild; a little smoky, with some malt and alcohol.
Flavor: starts bitter, ends bitter, bitter in the middle. In the midst of the bitterness, I did actually taste wonderful smokiness and tasty roasted malt.
The beer has perfect mouthfeel. 'Hop heads' love this, but I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that the level of bitterness in this beer detracts from its overall quality. roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a deep black liquid light can nearly penetrate with a fine copper-caramel color that disapates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of molasses, toffee with sweetness. Flavor is a medium to small hop - otherwise nothing. Beer looks great - taste leaves something to be desired. Decent beer - could be better. Maybe this will be my gateway beer to hoppier beers. Don't dream far, though. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit. bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
It was nice that the smoke wasn't overpowering, but otherwise a so/so porter. igneous1 (1537) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2004
deep brown, light brown head, mostly not lasting. aroma is lightly chocolatey, don’t really detect any roast, some chalkiness. flavor is virtually the same with a lightly to moderately hopped finish. mouthfeel is fairly substantial. i was shocked that the smoke is barely detectable in the aroma and undetectable in the flavor. while i think schlenkerla beers are somewhat overly smoked, this beer is undersmoked for the style. However, this is still a good porter, just not really what i would call a smoked porter.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 Smells chocolatey and sweet with hints of smoke and coffee. Deep brown color with a decent tan head. Tastes sweet and rich with flavors of burnt cocoa. Finishes slightly bitter with a kiss of hops. Not smokey enough for the style in my opinion. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Where the fuck did they put the smoke in this beer? I couldnt find it for sure... Roasty aroma, some licorice. Almost black body, medium tan head. Roasty flavor, some chocolate, but no fuckin smoke. I want Schlenkerla-smoke in this beer! heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Very dark brown with red highlights. An active light tan head. The aroma is roasted peanuts and cooked green beans. The taste is a full toasted bread crust and light tobacco. There is also some roasted and salted peanut shell. The smoke is lightly hidden in the aftertaste. This really smooths out as you go along. However, the slightly soapy finish still detracts. mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 dark, brown foam. medium bodied, w/ roasted barley and chocolate, somewhat bitter finish. Dick1984 (4) - 29 Palms, California, USA - OCT 4, 2005 does not count
i love this beer. another great beer from stone. a couple 22’s and you will be saying hello to your pillow.