RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have always loved smoked beers such as Rauchbier or Steinbier. First tried this beer on draft at a bar in San Fran and fell in love with it. Very dark porter with an excellent darkish red head and smoked aroma and flavor (from Alderwood). I just smoked some pale malt with Alderwood and have tried my hand at homebrewing this one.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darl black colour. smokey campfire type nose. smokey malt taste with bitter after taste. slight lace
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Smells like bacon. All I could taste and smell was liquid smoke flavoring. Watery and lacking in body and complexity. Couldn’t even finish the pint. I had the opportunity to do a vertical tasting of some previous years... The ’03 was smoked bacon, dark fermented fruit, flowers and a slight coffee note. It was smooth and creamy w/ a dry finish. The ’02 was roasty and smokey, dark fruit, and a slight coffee note. It was smooth and creamy, slightly wet finish and well-rounded. The ’01 was roasty, smoke, coffee, and big chocolate/mocha note. It was smooth, creamy, and a dry finish. The ’01 was much better.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bomber. This beer comes with a lot of hype. I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to it. The pour was smooth black. In the glass it sat quietly with almost no head except for a thin cream around the glass. The color was flat black. Almost like it absorbed the light. There was only a slight smoke aroma that was mild, unlight the more sour burnt hay aromas I have found in others. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth like a good porter should be. I didn’t find a lot of smoked flavor, only a hint. This doesn’t even come close to Aecht Rauchbier Urbock in smoked character. Subtlety is the name of the game with this beer. The finish is dry with a faint aftertaste of smoke. Had I not already known this was a "smoked" beer, I doubt I would have called it that. I found this an exceptionally delicious and well done porter, but as for the "smoked" label, I found it lacking.
dwyerpg (4267) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This smells like lox, very strange. Beautiful black color. The smoked flavor is very strong and intriguing. Light for such a dark beer. The best thing about this beer is that not too sweet, like the majority of porters.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 bomber...nearly opaque pour with a medium tan hot chocolate head. Metallic, roasted malt aroma. Smoke evident also. Metallic smoke flavor to start. Some acidity in the middle...smoke lingering in the finish. Tastes like just after coming out of a house fire, almost a little too much. A little thin.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoked beers tend to divide opinion, but I like ’em. Very dark colour, with insignificant head. The smoke dominates any other elements in the aroma, but, somehow, it’s not too overwhelming. Coffee and chocolate put in an appearance in the flavour, with smoky bacon again to the fore. The mouthfeel is rich, but not too heavy. Unfortunately, I neglected to note down which year it was. Overall, I thought it was pretty good if not exactly subtle. Bottle at the DC gathering aftermath, courtesy of eyedrinkale.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Deep brown, small mocha head. Aroma is coffee and smokey, earthy, roasted malts. Very rich coffe/earthy/smokey/malty flavor, with a long aftertaste that lingers with smoke. Nice medium body and feel. Very very nice.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle post DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04, courtesty of eyedrinkale: Dark brown/black bear with a tiny tan head. Lots of earthy, peat smoked malt, burnt chocolate, smoke, very dry. Finishes with a smokey molasses taste. Just a bit too thin.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark black beer with a tan head. Great smokey aroma and taste with a slight aftertaste. A very good beer.