NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Large tan head. A very intense smoke aroma. Smells just like a fireplace to me. Hard to smell alot more then that. Very smooth to drink. Again the smoke aroma and flavor is pretty intense. Small notes of coffee, chocolate and malts. With all of the smoke in the aroma and taste. It almost seems burnt to me. Pretty good but not one I will seek out again.
loseratheart (110) - USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and robust in nature. Flavor is full of smoky flavor. This makes this a very distinct beer. Different from anything else I’ve tried. Pours with tan head with malts and toffee. Alcohol does not show until the end of palate. Very good.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This had areal smoky aroma.Decent head.Color nice very dark brown.It really has a smoky flavor.malty.Very unique and drinkable.I will definatly buy again.
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color. In the aroma there is caramel, roasted malt, light liquorice. Medium body, dominated by the roasted malt, with some structure; caramel and liquorice. No smoke.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2003. 473ml bottle. Dark black and thick. Swirling tan head. Smokey meaty aroma. Aromatic notes of toast, ham, earth, and a slight mustiness. Full and slick, but well rounded. Cocoa and chocolate notes. Anise and woody. Sticky and malty. Finish is bitter coffee and cloying smoked malts. Hops are mellow and rounded. Melding. Sticky with a slight toffee malt note. Delicious and sweet. Smokey and smooth. Tis delicious!
decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours up dark but clean. Aroma of burnt malt,chocolate, and a charcoal grill. A smooth even tast of chocolate, malt, light alcoho. and kick ass smoke. A smooth even texture with excellent carbonation. Did I say damn smokey? How do they do that?.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. very dark brown/black with a medium off white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate with some smoke in the background. Taste is roast, chocolate/coffee, and smoked malt. The smoke is somewhat subdued which suprised me, but well done.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle, a big thanks goes to acertain for this one. Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a medium-light tan head...pretty decent retention. Certainly getting smoke elements form the aroma as well as the expected coffee and chocolate...perhaps a bit of peat. The flavor is similar with more bitter chocolate coming through as well as the peat...the smoke is nice and suttle, creeping around until the coffee and smoke finish. The body is about what I would expect for a porter, full bodied but not overly heavy gving it a nice drinkability. Malty and roasty in the front working its way to a bittersweet and dry finsih. Everything to this beer works pretty well, nothing is too overpowering nor subdued.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle compliments of glkaiser. thanks. brewed 2004. very dark pour with a nice tan tiny bubble head that dissapates fairly quickly. mild sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, whisky barrel, raison aroma. nice malts, coffee, chocolate and hops. smokey taste is nice, not too overpowering but very present. dry finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Nearly black, moderate tan head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is huge smoke with the typical porter notes, softer chocolate and roast. Lighter body, even for the style.