Reynolds314 (1887) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit of a gusher. Huge roasty smokey nose with some herbally sweet notes. Taste is perfect smoke and a lactose like sweetness that is welcomed. Nice!
jcartamdg (1447) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a thin fluffy head. Aroma of smoke, smoke and more smoke. Very interesting. Nice brew.
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ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a huge beige head, which lasts very well and leaves behind good lacing. The aroma offers a fair amount of smoke, along with some woody notes and charcoal, backed by some more typically porter-like chocolate notes and perhaps a touch of herbal hops. Surprisingly strong, spicy hops are present to begin, but they give way to a drying, smoky flavour. This is tempered by smoother milk chocolate notes towards the finish. There is a lingering smoky aftertaste. I’m quite a fan of smoked beers, and this is a really nice example. The porter style, with its smooth, dark flavours, seems to work quite nicely with the drier smoke flavours, making this is a very fine brew indeed.
Japalo (950) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black one finger offwhite foam. Smoked licorice. Very dry and some faint sweetness but a fresh brew. Medium body. For me better than the Bamberg rauchbier.
Hermod (2593) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Brewdog shop. Poured almost black with a frothy, everlasting beige/brown head. Lots of foam, filled the first glass with foam only.Aroma had smoke, licorice, roasted malt and dark chocolate notes. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Flavor had bigtime smoke, peat, roasted malt, hops and licorice. Complex, very tasty. Bamberg smoke quite noticeable. Medium bodied. Dry, ashy and roasted finish.
Ernesto987 (3043) - Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge foamy beer, tons of smoke flavor, some roasted notes in the background. Great stuff
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Licorice, coffee, cocoa and smoke in about equal portions.
Palate: Creamy, smooth and rich mouth feel.
Flavor: Licorice, chocolate, smoke and coffee with the licorice and smoke carrying on through the mid-palate. Finishes with these flavors plus a resurgence of bitter coffee.
Comments: Again great mouth feel. Delicious.
ddemmingjr (638) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dense, dark brown, lots of carbonation with tan head. Nose of damp burnt wood, pepper and malts. More of the same once on the palate. Super carbonated. Rich and balanced. Real solid
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MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Salted smoked meat allusions ride this Smoked Porter’s roasted malts, as caramel and chocolate chips provide just enough sustenance throughout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-The smoky finish gets peppery when spicy hops start contributing.
-Fruity angles are also pleasant.
-Big bubbles and healthy residual sugars make for a highly enjoyable mouthfeel.
-Mineral edges confound.
JohnRMurdoch (2727) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ BrewDog. Smokey barbecue aroma & flavour. Dark brown colour not much head. Quite smooth. Great with barbecue food.