northropfrye (3104) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour with chocolate milk head. Vibrant smoky malt aroma, sweet fruit, strawberries. Taste of nice sweet malts, chocolate, coffee. Excellent beverage.
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer in the glass is dark brown with a creamy high crown. It smells malty and roasty, with lots of smoke and some chocolate. Starts very coffee-roasty and chocolatey, with a lot of ham flavor. The middle part is also dominant smoky, again with a lot of coffee and chocolate, paired with subtle aroma hops. Goes into a very smoky finish with coffee, chocolate and some roasted malts!
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours near black with tan head that leaves a goodly web down the glass. The smoke is lower key than I expected, letting the porter elements shine through on the nose. You wouldnít think smoke and dark chocolate aromas would blend but they do in this instance. Itís even a little better on the palate. I figured I was going to like this stuff but it exceeds the high expectations.
Ferris (10788) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Smoke, molasses and licorice on the nose. Jet black with a light brown rich head. Licorice, smoke and a mild bitterness. A nice version of a porter.
Pdubyah (596) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíd go another of these, but that would be because Iím enjoying it as a beer and a drink, you donít have to contemplate at every mouth what it is your enjoying. A beer for drinking and not for challenging you. It works.
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown color. Huge roasty character and subtle smokey nose. Not overly smokey in the nose. The mouth has a wonderful roasty character with dark fruit and smoke. Superbly balanced. Very enjoyable mouth feel with moderately aggressive finish. Nice
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells sweet, smoky almost bacon like but not too meaty, so smooth and pleasant. Pours dark thick creamy black with a beige head. The flavor is smoky roasted and sweet malts on a delicious creamy body. Very well done for the style!
flying_pig (1366) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoked aroma to begin and a strong one at that with a lot of spice and peat in there. There is some strong, dark chocolate aroma with some wood and burnt malts too. I can detect a hint of caramel as well but it is the smoke that dominates.
Dark brown bordering on opaque black almost and with a huge and foamy, tan brown head on top that is almost half the size of the pint shaker I poured the bottle in to.
Roasted malts, a little smoke and some dark cocoa to kick thing off along with hints of caramel and even some coffee in there. There is a little wood in there too.
Quite sweet , smooth and creamy with a touch of alcohol and moderate carbonation. There is a fair amount of smoke in there and the finish is ever so slightly dry.
A nice beer once it settles down a little; after the first sip I didnít think I was going to like this one due to the strong smoked flavours but this subdued slightly as time went on and it turned in to a not bad beer. It could have slightly better balanced but it was one that I enjoyed and was a somewhat unusual offering.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mountainous tan head tops the blackish pour, full of irregular bubbles betraying excessive carbonation. In the nose, itís mostly noticeable through a soft metallic note, but all the saime gives a relatively dry, ashey feeling that disturbs the otherwise deliciously extracted Bamberg woodsy, clean smoke. While a soft caramel whisper punctuate mouth entrance, it quickly evolves more towards the roast which is more of a factor in the finish. It nevertheless remains very sweet all throughout and were it not for the excessive carbonation (to the point where I assume it was not desired at this level), it would not have been much better as it would have felt too sweet, really. And as it is, the bubbliness is rough, biting, disturbing and adds an acidity that does not interact tactfully with the roast and smoke combo. Too bad, those smoked porters using only beechwood smoked malts are fairly rare and having liked many 8 wired products, I was hoping for better. I guess itís tough to judge a beer that has travelled from so far away too severely, but since theyíre being exported all over the place now, I guess thatís how most people get them.
olsonerr (37) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smoky aroma definitely reminiscent of a true Rauch, typical roasted flavors early followed by a nice smoke astringency. Very wellmbalanced and easy drinking for a smoked porter...possibly my favorite.