muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very, very black. Just little bits of brown around the edges. Slight tan head that had no retention and receded very quickly. Nose is peat and smokiness.
Oddly, for such a great flavor it is fairly simple. Just loas of smoked wood and toasty goodness. Kind of a burnt oat bread thing as well. Slight hop presence gives it enough hop bitterness to round out the flavor. Medium body that has a slight dry edge to it. Makes my tongue feel a bit like sandpaper actually. Way too easily drinkable.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely one of the best smoked beers I have had to date. A very nice balance between a traditional porter and the smokiness of a smoked beer. Not overwhelming like the OFallon Smoked Porter, just a good porter with a smoke presence.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Clear, very dark ruby red color with smallish dark tan/light brown head. Aroma is malty, slightly roasty, subtle pungent smokeyness, hints of cherry, vanilla, oak. Flavor is bit roasty, bit of smoke, slight caramel, with a firmly bitter but balanced finish.
haggis03a3 (175) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of flavor from this 2006 bottle. Sweet malt and chocolate with a good dose of alder smoke flavor. I would have liked the smokey flavor to have been a bit mellower. Maybe if the bottle was older, I would have liked it better. Overall, a good experience.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown that borders on black. The head was almost two fingers at the apex, and then faded slowly to a fairly thick cap, leaving behind a nice sheeting of lace.
Smell; very mild notes of chocolate and coffee with a little bit of some dark fruits. The smokiness is barely detectable at all in the nose.
Taste; the smoked flavor is a bit more defined than it is in the nose, with the coffee and chocolate coming out nicely. Some dark fruits emerge as this warms, and finishes with a little bit of a hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a creamy, and has a very good drinkability.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark black color, no light passes through when the glass is elevated. Topped by a quarter inch of thick brown foam which dies back to a film and a ring in about a minute. Decent lacing. Strong smoke and ’campfire’ coffee aroma.
Wood smoke, roasted grain, and coffee flavors compete for attention. The smoke wins out, but not by much. A slight tanginess comes through in the finish, as does an oak (alder?) flavor. The lingering aftertaste is dry and smokey, with plenty of roasted grain.
Nearly full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, softly carbonated.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has taken me awhile to try this. there plenty of smokiness. it has sausage and eggs to it not to much. has roasted malt notes and raisiny maltiness too. definitely stood up to its rep.
undsioux7 (869) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thought I had rated this, but will try from memory.
2005 bottle: Pours black but can’t remember the head. I remember a definite smoky aroma and flavor. It was just the perfect amount. If nothing else, I remember the smokey aroma and flavor. Good thing I have another one!
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good example of a smoked porter. The smoke was not overwhelming, but very present. There was no noticeable heat, and a slight choclate taste. I would like to try this aged.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Pours a dense, oily opaque black with a generous, looming tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of heady smoked malts, licorice, plum, mild hops, tar, molasses and fleshy fruit, almost like baked coconut. flavor leads with smoke and hops, quickly trounced by the malt, an onslaught of flavor and intensity that is both unexpected and expertly laid out before me. Palate was wonderfully creamy and roasty at the same time. This beer crushed my previous favorite smoked porter, from Stone. More smoke, more everything. Finishes wild and intriguing, smoke dancing across my tongue until, at last, hops leaves a dry and slightly bitter finish. Killer porter.