freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark crimson brown with beige head. The smell is light smoke and roasted grain. The taste is malty and smooth. If not for the high carbonation it would be velvety. Robust grain with the earthy beechwood smoke makes a nice complete beer. Smooth enough it seems oaty with a wide reaching grain. Very smooth and easy but the very high carbonation disrupts the flow of the brew.
thb (765) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely beer - pours dark brown with mountains of head. Aroma is woodsmoke, leather, chocolate. Taste is fantastic blend of smoke, malty sweetness, gentle balancing bitterness. I feel like the base beer behind this is really good on its own - so the smoke just adds a layer of complexity, rather than some smokebeers which rely on the smoke to make it interesting.
zacgillbanks (3450) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An inky black beer with ruby red highlights that pours with a MASSIVE foamy head. It has chocolate and slight sour red fruity flavours with fairly light smoke on the finish. Excellent!
CapFlu (4864) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle) Pours an astronomical sized head - filled 9/10 of my glass. Huge ashtray nose. Very smokey and slight jerky. Okay.
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daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Storminorman. Pours nearly black with a brown head. Aroma hits with smoke, roasted malt, very dark chocolate, plums, raisins. Flavor is sweet and smoke, some light ham notes, prunes, raisins, dark roasted malt.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark brown with a big finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with smoke, vanilla, coffee, with a bit of cola.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate with some vanilla and a bit of cola. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some coffee and a bit of molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, smoke, vanilla, and a touch of molasses.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and smokey finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good smoked character that comes together nicely and is balanced with all of the other flavors.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black colour with a super foamy head more then half the glass ended up foam. Smoked wood aroma with hints of of chocolate and coffee. Flavour is sweet smoke with a malt back with a Dry finish
b3shine (6924) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; pitch black with creme head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; malty and smoky. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid, but definitely not worth $10 for a 500 ml bottle.
Kavu (3148) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a very high tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. A bit too harsh carbonation, but otherwise great.
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet and woody. Taste is woody, sweet and malty. Slight acidic bite. Smooth creamy aftertaste. Nice easy drinking.