Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 How did they get the taste of fish in this beer. Athough highly rated I don’t like this beer. Page 16 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 199 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
kyzr (1316) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been a favorite for a long time, thought I better rate it. Smokey nose, with dark color and brown head. Flavor is great, a well balance of smoke and malt. Tones of toasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Good texture and nice clean finish.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 in bottle. Wow, what a nose. The alder wood, the coffee, the wisp of ethereal bitterness...Great warming beer on cold day. The smoke is well balanced, almost contained. Brillant!!!
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 200th. Vintage 2005. Pours oily black with molasses highlites and almost no head. Aroma is smokey sweet. Roasted malts, smoke, caramel, and chocolate dominate. The flavor starts with campfire smoke, then goes to roasted malts and molasses. The smoke isn’t so overpowering that it gets in the way of the rest of the flavor. It finishes with a bit of dry bitterness. The body is a touch on the thin side, but has a nice smoothness to it. I really enjoyed this brew.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Secret Santa. 2004. Aroma: Smoke really jumps out. Cross between a smoldering campfire and BBQ potato chips. Light coffee and chocolate, anise. Appearance: Dark brown, almost black in color. Light tan head was small and foamy and didn’t last long. Fair lacing. Flavor: The smoke and roast flavors just mesh together really well. Wood smoke, coffee, chocolate, anise. Getting some light resin and grassy hops into the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Good beer. Smokiness works really well. Very smooth overall. Wonder how much age is playing a factor with smoothness? Must get newer bottle and rerate.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall I would have to say this is a nice porter, however it was a little to smokey for my taste. The smokeiness dominated all other flavors.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Can you say SMOKED! This beer is so full of charded goodness. I dont know if I could drink more than one because the flavor is so over powering. Its a wonderful beer that I got at Obriens in San Diego.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours a dark,dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is very smokey and woodsy. Taste is of oak, earthy and slightly malty. Has a bit of a bitter chocolate finish to it.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle from trade with HogtownHarry shared with my good friend, Wieland. His first comment after sipping: "Wow, this is GOOD beer." Funny German kid, wanted me to add that he is "not a beer specialist, but rather a specialist of the ladies". Nose is toasted malts, smoky, but not the smokiest, salami, espresso, cacao. Flavor is very smoky at first with minor accents of chocolate and coffee in the finish. Nicely balanced and understandbly, a classic example of the style.
alexanderj (3503) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2012 Previous rate was from 2007; this second one from Nov. 2010. My palate has changed alot. REally enjoyed it this time. NO new notes.From 3.1 to 3.8
First for this style. Poured a dark black. Big roasted, earthy aroma. Very smoky. Some malt and a little chocolate. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very strong smoke flavor. A little hops at the end. Since this is my first for the style, I’ll probably rerate this at some point. Wasn’t really great for me.