anstei (323) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from New World Fendalton, Christchurch. Pours dark brown, a bit like Coke. Lively head, hints of smoke in the nose. And the smoke is also clearly defined in the taste, next to typical porter notes: Liquorice, caramel, a bit burnt. Well balanced though, a beer experiment well done indeed.
MarcoDL (2900) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, brownish head. Aroma of smoke, ash, coffee and dark cacao. Taste of coffee, licorice, bit of rauchmalt. Quite nice.
tillmac62 (423) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark as a starless night. Massive World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice rich nose of caramel sweetness, dark fruit (plum, fig) over a light note of smoke. As it warms, the smokiness increases but never really comes to the forefront. Heavy medium body with a fair amount of creamy texture. Above average carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is a bit below normal intensity, extremely well balanced and a bit complex. It begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate note over a light caramel sweetness. This flows into a very mild bitterness with distinct notes of dark fruit. The finish is where a light hint of smoke emerges as the flavors fade. This one is good, but there is no big smoke aspect.
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[6243-20140408] Bottle. Smoky charred campfire wood aroma. Black cola body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head that started out huge. Charcoaled toast and smoky wood flavour. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
Minderbinder (2595) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours extremely dark mahogany with low light-beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of wieners sausages, chocolate, menthol. Taste is of roasted malt, acrid ashes, chocolate. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: The more you drink it, the more you get used to the ashy smoke. Still somewhat unpleasant.
mathieuc (2180) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is sausage-forward: meaty and smoky. Taste is of roasted malt and peat and not too sweet. Slight ash in the finish and some nuts. Body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Good but I’m a little underwhelmed.
czar (5704) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours murky light brown with a small reviving light beige cap, some lacing. bacon and roasted umami notes upfront, roasted caramel, husky coffee berries, some red almost rotten fruitiness, sweetness - plain molasses and brown sugar, ashes, pepper and resin. light carbonation, light to medium body - oily, semi-sweet ashy-resinous finish. nah.
jrodooo5 (1244) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice chocolately & smoky aroma. Pour is dark w/ a nice mocha head that leaves lacing. The taste is smooth w/ the subtle smokiness just adding to the rich flavor! This is good!
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/XI/14 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2014-1297)
Dark brown to black beer, irregular beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit smoky, caramel, mocha. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: mocha, coffee, bitter, soft smokiness, hoppy. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, roasted, little smoky, bit watery, bit sour, hop bitterness, cocoa powder.
GuideDogSaint (809) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle at a tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate with a hint of smoke. Bitter sweet finish.