3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ashy, burnt wood nose with spiced herbal tea with orange oil and candle wax notes. lesser notes of rubber, matchsticks, flint and soy sauce / black patent malt. lively carbonation; medium body; mostly dry; fresh with mildly buzzing hop acidity and dry oak and mild notes of unsweetened bakers chocolate (chalkiness too). a little bit of spicy worcestershire sauce in the finish, and a little rough around the edges. lacks finesse and bounce, but it’s still satisfying and enjoyable.
Ernest (7213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of minerals, smoke (charred wood), vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Well, the name "big" smoke might be misleading if you’re into Schlenkerla et al., but it’s certainly not wimpy and ultimately balanced pretty well with the other aromatic notes. The smoke isn’t meaty like Schlenkerla, more of a plain burnt-wood smokiness (not ashy, thankfully). Also very minerally, but not chalky, a big plus. Very nice flavor balance and overall a very nice beer...but at a ridiculous $10.50 for 500mL, I won’t be buying more of it. I can get the same amount of Schlenkera Urbock for $6, after all.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a cream colored head. Malt and caramel aroma with light smoke. Malt and toffee flavor with roast, light smoke, light vanilla, and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Malt and toffee linger with chocolate and light smoke.
davidm (2057) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 500ml. Great beer. Aromas of smoke, grass, caramel, and grain. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is velvety, and medium-to-full bodied. Black, with a thin head.
Maris (1341) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500ml bottle on 30/3/2011. Pours a very dark reddy brown with a big head. Has a lovely aroma of smoked meats, coffee and raisins. Tastes of roasted and burnt malt, and milk chocolate, with smokey flavours very prominent. Finishes with a nice, sharp and quite long hop finish. This is an excellent, complex porter.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak beige head. The aroma is roasted, smoke and malt. The flavor is close to the nose. The palate is dry. Overall a good beer.
pineypower (3011) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle much thanks to EZant for sharing at Dmac’s. Pours out a dark brown with a quickly fading head. Aroma is of meaty smoke, roast and light chocolate. Taste is smoke, light roast, and some chocolate in there also. Well balanced, and smooth drinking.
smith4498 (3489) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle opened on the bus ride to the Hunahpu release. Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Aromas of smoke and roasted malts. Moderately smokey flavor with some roasted malts and licorice. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
Beer5000 (5778) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Deep red, almost black body with a fine, dense beige head. A pleasant smoky aroma with dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is smoked malt, chocolate, berries, hint of bacon/ham and bitter. Well balanced in smoke and bitterness, distinct but not overwhelming. Relativity light body and smooth mount feel, quite quaffable actually.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big smoke? come on... the bottle has all this talk about Bamberg and the history of the smoke and yet I drank this next to two Aecht beers and there was no question... A week offering. Just call it a porter and I’d never have complained. A good brew with not enough smoke.