csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 2004 Bottle. Aroma is hammy sweet smoke, dark chocolate, roasty, and vanilla. Initial taste is milk chocolate, mild smoke, vanilla, hints of prune? followed by smoke, vanilla, and cream. The mouthfeel is thick and vicious, not Expedition thick, but plenty thick. The flavor is actually first and foremost a great porter with smoke at the end. The smoke is a well integrated part of the beer and not the overwhelming flavor. I had a newer one a couple months ago that I did not rate, but I remember the smoke flavor was more pronounced on it. It would seem this is a better beer after a couple of years in the cellar.
I’m having an ’07 bottle in Feb ’09 and this beer is real nice. Nice porter flavor with a great malty base and plenty of residual sugars with a nice bit of smokiness that seamlessly blends with the beer. This is a very tasty smoked beer.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage. Very dark brown with some garnet highlights on the edges. Brown head. Light lace. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and smoke. Amazing. The smoke is not the main player here. The flavor is like sex in a glass. Some smoke, chocolate, vanilla, ash, marshmallow, and lightly bitter. Rich on the palate. Bamberg aint got shit on this.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, almost black with a creamy tan head. Nice smoke aroma. Flavor is smoke with chocolate and coffee. Finished dry. Bitterness is well balanced. Very, very yummy.
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 22oz bomber-A dark brown almost black dark body with an aroma of smoke with a beige head that dissipates rather quickly. A nice smoke flavor on the front end then goes to malt and chocolate then back to smoke. A great tasting and well balanced beer.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage brought hom by my parents from their trip to alaska. A surprisingly well-balanced beer. Though predominant, the smoky flavor and aroma doesn’t completely dominate the other aspects of the beer like many smoked beers. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Overall a very nice beer... It’ll be tough to keep the other one in the cellar.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bomber, courtesy of tpkenned.
Pretty pour to a near opaque body. Mirth black body with mahogany edges underneath a creamy, thin and deep tan fizz layer, which recedes to separated ice sheaf for the head. Aroma has its act together. Flame licked hickory with dark chocolate fudge melting and falling off the edges, burnt mocha chip cookies, depth defying incinerated caramel, pulsing black licorice in the backdrop and fallen pieces of burnt rubber tire scraps for good will. Flavor segways into looming centennial trees with a fire break at the basin and baked black chocolate fudge injected in the cleave. Turtle mocha chocolate bricks thrown onto the summer grill with no slit to let the smoke escape. Burnt and scraped semi-sweet chocolate chips. Medium-bodied and a pleasing substance that emits a mild fume cloud that fumigates all corners of the mouth. Subtle carbonation and the absolute epitome of balance. Delicatessen milk chocolate transforms the finish with an ashen air and a controlled caramel sweetness. This is one fantastically well made beer.
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I am developing more of a taste for Porters, and this is one of the reasons. Wish I drank beer when I visited Juneau.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this in an over-priced liquor store in, of all places, Las Vegas. Slightly smoky and meaty. Flavor profile starts meat and finish with a smoked chocolatey porter. Definitely not a huge smoked beer. Kind of overrated.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
way overrated in my opinion. not even particularly smoky. i guess i’ll give it points for balance and quality, but there just wasn’t enough going on for me. head was also difficult to obtain.
piscator34 (2182) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample. 2005 vintage. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of wet maple wood, along with both vineous and dark berry fruits. Alder woodsmoke is the dominant flavor here, along with notes of mild chocolate and other roasted malts. Medium bodied, which was a bit lighter than I had expected. It lacked a bit of caramel malt and chocolate flavors for my taste, but the smoke flavor has great potency. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side tasting with this and the Stone Smoked Porter.