daknole (10112) - 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 (6376) - 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 (2728) - 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.
Cybercat (3874) - Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep, opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, though not persistent, dark tan head. It fizzes a lot, but more like cola than beer. Aroma has roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate notes, plus hints of molasses and caramel. Smoky flavor has malty, woody and coffee notes with a hint of caramel. Texture has plenty of lively, soda-like fizz but not much body. OK as far as porters go - not the best, but worth at least a try.
Crit (3509) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, massive tan head.Nose of dry roast/brown sugar.Dry roast,smoky fatty palate, big burnt bitter finish.
I quite like it
Iphonephan (4043) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle purchased at Barley Wine in Cpenhagen. Major gusher when opened several months later. Aroma had an off note that was stronger than the smoke. Same with the taste. Perhaps a bad batch. Perhaps did not survive shipping to the Nordic countries ( judging from similar recent reviews out of Norway). A big disappointment as I had saved to pair with slow cooked pork BBQ prepared over pecan and apple wood. Probably would have been a perfect pairing if the beer had been as good as most of the other raters suggest.
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Minimal khaki head. Near black color. Few dots of lace. Very satisfying smoked malts. Definitely smokier than your average smoked porter, which I like. Good toasty malt aroma, great smokey aftertaste. Some dark chocolate. Good amount of crisp carbonation, on the lighter side, but still satisfyingly crisp. Medium body, a good chewiness to the texture, but a solid dry finish. Nice moderate bitter taste, light savory with the smoke. A solid porter, and satisfyingly smokey