drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. 2005. Body is a deep reddish black with a medium brown head. Nice smoky aroma of grilled meats, particularly bacon. Flavor nicely combines the smoke with a suble malty sweetness. Palate is full but not too thick. This is a very nice smoked beer, as the flavors blend very well, not like some where the smoke is simply plopped on top of an ordinary beer.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle courtesy of trade with Acertain. Poured into an english pint glass. A very interesting beer, but admittedly not my favorite style. It was dark brown in color with a slight ruby edge to it. The head was tan and had moderate retention. I appreciated that the body was full without being annoyingly syrupy. The aroma reminded me of meat cooking over a campfire at first, and then became a little earthier as it warmed. I enjoyed the flavor at first, but 22 oz of a smoked beer is too much for me. Next time Iíll split it with someone or seek a 12 oz bottle.
NachlamSie (2769) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 bottle. Very, very deep red. It appears black in most lights, the tan head lasts. Well, the aroma is certainly smoky, but very balanced between some chocolate and a bit of fishy notes. The flavor is a collision of smoked salmon, charcoal, chocolate, pipe smoke, and oak. Sounds bad? Itís not. It combines really well and makes a savory brew.
[Feb 19, 2009]
Bottle of the 2008. I have long been meaning to revisit this one and thank the gods I have. This pours black with hints at red and a tan head floating on top. The aroma is very smoky. I mean, it is almost close to Schlenkerla. Impressive strength in the aroma is imparted by notes of Islay Scotch, that peaty, burning leather character with a dash of iodine. Well done bacon and deep chocolate notes are found in the nose. The palate is medium heavy. Ah, the flavor is amazing. Itís very smoky, very sharp. Has almost fish like qualities in the strong meaty flavors followed by hints of cigars, chocolate, crisp bacon fat, ash. I am wowed by the sheer power of smoke. I wish I could get this one more easily. Iíd buy the crap out of it.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 651mL Bottle Black as night, with a glow of sodium street lamps on a wet sidewalk. Topped with the creamy puffs of Marshmellow men, tinted by years of pipe tobacco abuse. Aromas are weak, really. No weight, no heft. Merely, an acquiescing puny malt acts as though it could find some limelight amongst the dingy waft of casino carpets. Suddenly and abruptly a fiesta arises in my mouth, surrounded by strands of chile pepper lights and 60-year old Miami men smoking Partagas standing around me, while I snack on fried plantains and empanadas. Someone starts a small fire of juniper twigs in a chimera not far away. All the smokey signals cross, with a dense port-like sensation flowing across my palate. Here, a marriage of smoke and water in the ballet of malt. Itís the reduction of hickory smoke in a bundt pan of cane sugars and fine porter malts. Most impressive is the quality of the Porter that dances with the gentle boughs of blistering tundra alders. Silky as a breath of Dunhill smoke from the sharply cut lips of a Swedish artistocrat. Elegant. The pancetta in my pan crisps and like Sugar Rayís right, itís execution is exacting. Out on the veranda, a native quietly whispers, "Bring over more Maple." A proper rauch respect to the Porter tradition.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Obtained this 2005 bomber in a trade with BigLove a little while back. The beer inside was dark brown while pouring and black after settling in the pint glass. The head atop the opaque body was light beige in color and one finger thick. While the looks were good, the aroma was otherworldly smoky, underlain by a chocolate smell. The smokiness was also unmistakable in the taste, but it was far from overwhelming, and permitted chocolaty sweet and lemony sour flavors of a very well made porter come through. The hops were also present with a citric bitterness. Mouthfeel was chalky and dry, while still being silky smooth. No hint of harsh graininess in the aftertaste, just smooth long drawn out smoke. After tasting this spectacular beer, I wish more brewers would start experimenting with smoked malt. I would love to get my hands on more, as this would be phenomenal with more age on it, as the layers of flavors merge. It was still a world class beer as it was.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle. Very dark brown colour with a weak heŠd. Lovely smoky aroma aroma. Very smoky flavour too with hints of roastedness and some sourness at the end, but someway a nice mouthfeel in the aftertaste.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan head with a pitch black body. Perfectly blended asstortment of roasted malt flavor that has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. This is what I thought a smoked porter should taste like.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours opaque black with a small, off-white head. Malty, roasted nose with a whiff of smoke. Medium body with marked, hard roasted accents. A light, underlying tartness. A bitterness in the finish mainly originating in the malt. 240206
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
While I am no fan of smoke brews, this was good. The smokiness was acompliment, not a punch in the gut., more like a glancing blow to the nose. Pour was dark brown with a foamy creamy tan head. Taset was ty[ical porters, coffee and raosted malts. But the smoke came over and the finish was all ash.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was warned that smoked porters arenít that good - but that was from an IPA loviní hop-head. This was intreresting and enjoyable. Smokey-citrus nose. Poured jet black with a small tan head. Typical porter start, smokey middle, and smooth malt finish. Would definitely try again.