bhensonb (13518) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted malt with chocolate for aroma. Overlaid by a strongish smoke - like smoked ham without the ham. Dark brown color with reddish hilites; vigorous tan head. Starts with smoked malt, followed by coffee and maybe some chocolate, and finishing with smoke. Substantial mouthfeel. Not many like this.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2004 vintage, via acertain. Dark brown pour that lets a little light pass through on the edges. One finger fizzy dark brown head settles to a thin covering. Aroma is just wonderful. Nice woody smoked malt over a chocolate and roasted malt base. Hints of smoked meats, coffee, and roasted peanuts. Flavor has a great balance of smoke and roast up front with a little coffee and dark chocolate coming on in the finish, then another wash of smoke. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than Iíd like, but taking into account that this is a Porter, itís probably about right. Moderately active carbonation, but itís pretty soft. Nice lingering fairly dry finish. A pretty damn nice beer. A hybrid of my two favorite styles, and itís done well! Iím in heaven.
hayduke (4437) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle. Poured very dark brown with a brown head and big chunks of lacing. Very powerful nose of burnt malts with some carmel and hops. Very rich mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, malts, hops, and even some fruit. Finish is long, lingering, and dry. This is one of the better smoked porters I have tried.
vyvvy (5303) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this highly rated beer. 2004 vintage. Pours black with a small brown head, still impressive for being two years old. The aroma has lots of smoked, but it has a much drier aspect than most smoked beers. There is some jerk flavors and traces of vanilla. Medium bodied with some slickness and lots of sharp carboantion for the age. The taste has lots of roasted malt with lots of chocolate and some smokiness. The finish has more smokiness and chocolate - very smooth. Very well done smoked beer - not once was it gamey. One of the few smoked beer Iím glad I tried and would want again.
Ibrew2or3 (7930) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber 2006. Poured a very dark brown with tan head. The aroma was medium in strength smoke Rauchbier (compared to Shlenkerla) type. All I could smell was charred wood embers. There was a nice even flavor of burning wood, burnt malts, some sweet caramel malts and a light smattering of hops. This one could probably age a bit more to even out the smoke and allow for more malt subtleties to surface. Really tasty smoke beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks IBrew2or3. Pitch black pour, mocha head. Aroma of burnt kingsford, it smells like my charcoal grill. Mostly chocolate and roasted malts, no hops really coming through. The smokiness stays the whole time and really lingers in the aftertaste killing all other flavors. Itís very creamy and has a great mouthfeel but I just canít get past the smoked flavor it just doesnít do it for me. Good for what it is but just not my thing.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
í01 Vintage. Pours dark brown/black with thin tan head. Aroma is smoky, roasted malt. Flavor is smoky malts and chocolate. Thick and creamy. Incredible.
thepilferer (31) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
They werenít lying about this being smoky. I thought the smokey flavor and smell was a little overwhelming, but still delicious, with a fairly thick mouthfeel.
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kook! Black body with a short tan head. Burnt rubber on the aroma. Definitely know this is smoked which stood out more than being a porter. I like both styles so I enjoyed this although less smoke and more porter would have been more preferable.
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of smoke (a little salt pork), roasted malt, and a little fruit. Pour is black with small tan head. Flavor is roasty with chocolate, smoke, and a little caramel. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, almost creamy.