vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this highly rated beer. 2004 vintage. Pours black with a small brown head, still impressive for being two years old. The aroma has lots of smoked, but it has a much drier aspect than most smoked beers. There is some jerk flavors and traces of vanilla. Medium bodied with some slickness and lots of sharp carboantion for the age. The taste has lots of roasted malt with lots of chocolate and some smokiness. The finish has more smokiness and chocolate - very smooth. Very well done smoked beer - not once was it gamey. One of the few smoked beer I’m glad I tried and would want again.
Ibrew2or3 (7370) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber 2006. Poured a very dark brown with tan head. The aroma was medium in strength smoke Rauchbier (compared to Shlenkerla) type. All I could smell was charred wood embers. There was a nice even flavor of burning wood, burnt malts, some sweet caramel malts and a light smattering of hops. This one could probably age a bit more to even out the smoke and allow for more malt subtleties to surface. Really tasty smoke beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks IBrew2or3. Pitch black pour, mocha head. Aroma of burnt kingsford, it smells like my charcoal grill. Mostly chocolate and roasted malts, no hops really coming through. The smokiness stays the whole time and really lingers in the aftertaste killing all other flavors. It’s very creamy and has a great mouthfeel but I just can’t get past the smoked flavor it just doesn’t do it for me. Good for what it is but just not my thing.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
’01 Vintage. Pours dark brown/black with thin tan head. Aroma is smoky, roasted malt. Flavor is smoky malts and chocolate. Thick and creamy. Incredible.
thepilferer (29) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
They weren’t lying about this being smoky. I thought the smokey flavor and smell was a little overwhelming, but still delicious, with a fairly thick mouthfeel.
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kook! Black body with a short tan head. Burnt rubber on the aroma. Definitely know this is smoked which stood out more than being a porter. I like both styles so I enjoyed this although less smoke and more porter would have been more preferable.
JohnnyJ (4825) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of smoke (a little salt pork), roasted malt, and a little fruit. Pour is black with small tan head. Flavor is roasty with chocolate, smoke, and a little caramel. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, almost creamy.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Brown body topped by a light-brown ring. Rather fruity aroma with plenty of dark fruits, mainly figs and dates. Taste has the above with plums, roasted malts and chocolate. The roasted malts were pleasantly but only lightly smoked and had a burnt toasts flavour. The chocolate flavour was milk-chocolate rather than the bitter dark/cacao chocolate that I love. Nice creamy body. A very good porter but not quite the quality I expect from a popular beer nearing the 4.0 score. A quick look at ratebeer indicates that this appears to be the most popular Alaskan. And this last statement is probably true in more ways than one.
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Black with a small tan head. Pungent smoky burnt aroma, like a burnt toasted cheese sandwich. The taste is wonderfully smoky, almost too much, similar to smoked salmon aftertaste. The feel is nice and slithery. Great brew!
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with little off white head. Has a terrific sweet smoky aroma. The taste is a beautiful blend of dark malts with burnt hard wood and a light bitter finish. Fantastic porter.