WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful black body, not so much cloudy as so dense as to be opaque, with a firm tan / brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is smokey, malts, and lightly, well, skunked. Flavor is wonderfully complex, beyond anything I would call a porter; an explosion of sweet chocolate, bitter hops, and smokey dark roasted malts, with a good bitter finish. That seems much more like a stout. Likewise, the good carbonation produces a very lively mouthfeel, very different from the oily dull feel of a porter. I like it more than the skunky nose would suggest ... I just can’t get myself to call the nose either smoked salmon or smoked cheese.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 2004 vintage per Odeed. The beer pours to a black body with tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Rejuvinatable head. The aroma is smoked fish and smoked Gouda. The flavor is smoked dry black malts, dry woodiness. Rather than porter, I think smoked dry stout. Dry palate. Medium-full body.
Sampled 1996 vintage at GABF 2006. It didn’t taste or smell any different IMO.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Blake for the sample. Nice smoky aroma, definitely like sniffing from a salmon feast. Decent dark body and a brown head. Decent mild roasty aroma, although it seems a little thin for body. Overall, it’s kind of nice.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical dark copper coloration. Stong aroma of smoked fish, olives and a well banaced hoppiness. Slightly chewy palate lends to chocolate roast notes, and a subtle smoke.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with lasting tan head, good lacing. Smoke is predominate but not overly done. Smoke blends well with the roast chocolate flavors and full slightly sweet body. Finishes pretty clean for a porter, especially surprising in the cleaness of finish with the smoke. It does not linger too long. Very enjoyable.
Gachupines (1049) - USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle acquired while in Seattle. Appearance is black with a dark tan head. Aroma is smoke, similar to smoked bacon or other meat. Taste is similar to the aroma with the added benefit of typical porter tastes. Strong malt presence and smooth considering the heavy smoke taste. Very well balanced, and while the smoke flavor is definitely predominant it is balanced within the beer. I was very pleased with this beer and would like to see more breweries try it, since I can’t obtain this beer often.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz Bottles. 01/2006) Smoke aromas. Dark, brown. Smoked flavors. Medium-full bodied. Young, this was just, well, heavily smoked.
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 I’ll split it with someone or seek a 12 oz bottle.
NachlamSie (2918) - 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? It’s 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. It’s 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. I’d buy the crap out of it.