11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 2004 bottle. Brown colored with a tan head. Big alder smoke aroma comes across like smoked salmon. Medium bodied. Nicely done smoke balance with roasted malts. Well done balancing the smoked aromas and flavors with that of a solid porter.
í03 Bottle. Same characteristics, although flavor and aroma have turned more ollive-like. Still quite nice, less smokey, reminds me less of smoked salmon and more like cured olives. Nicely done!!!
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to slikwily for this brew! 2003 vintage pint bottle. Pours jet black, no light makes it through this brew. Has a small tan head that fades quickly. Huge smoked malt aroma with a behind-the-scenes fruitiness and milk chocolate nose. Flavor is wonderful smoke and toasted malt with hops on the end, and rather lasting. Full-bodied warm and fizzy palate.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz bottle, 2002 vintage. Pours black, with amber highlights, tan head dies down quickly leaving no lace on my glass. Smells slightly hammy, but more directly like a campfire. Drinks rather restrained, but the porter shows up with carmel, toffee type of hints as well as a slight roasted hint....a bit of choclate too...and some more campfire...finishes with some noticeable sweetness, but of the light sort, not cloying at all...Iíve been snacking on smoked summer sausage and theyíve been great companions. Maybe not as smokey as I recall it being when I first bought it, but what impressed me about it then was that the smoke was NOT completely over the top...good beer.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruit with a touch of smoke. The taste is sweet, and can be best described as a coffee-flavored chocolate bar held over a flame. Roasted coffee finish. Doesnít have as much complexity as I expected, but very smooth indeed.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 - 22oz - Smokey smell but not over the top. Also hints of crispy malts and a bit of coffee. Opaque black with a medium brown head and good lacing. Flavor is smoke, malt, carmel, and a touch of coffee. A very well blended porter that has complementing flavors that do not overwhelm each other. I think that a few years in the cellar will smooth it out even more.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured dark opaque brown with a tanish brown head. nose dominated by smoke and burnt aromas. palate follows the nose with huge almost cloying smoked wood flavors with a bit of roasted toffee coffee background support. in my opinion smoke flavors are too dominate and overpower the beer. maybe after a year or so of cellaring....could get better.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a medium sized brownish head. Aroma was chocolatey, malty and maybe some coffee malts. Flavor was obviously smokey, but it was really smooth, which made it very drinkable. Iím glad I picked this brew up.
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NIce dark brown color with a bit of off-white head an splotches of lace. Nose is roasty, chocolaty and of course quite smoke, but not overpoweringly so. Flavor is likewise with a nice slick mouthfeel punctuated by medium carbonation. The most drinkable smoked beer I have tried with a noticeable smoke flavor. Thanks to Heemer77 for this bad boy!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally! After over a year of searching and begging I got a few 22oz bottles (thanks to LiquidSolutions). 2004 bottling. Very dark brown/black color with a small to medium tan head and good lacing. No question about the smoke in this one. The smokey aroma almost set the smoke detectors off. Roasted malt and piney or oaky aromas as well. Big smokey flavor on top of the roasty, dark fruit flavors and toffee. I would describe the overtones as more of a smoke cured meat than smoked fish. Strange to see that in type while at the same time saying that itís a really tasty beer. Probably not for everyone simply because it is such an unusual flavor and the smoke is very strong but I really liked it and Iím glad I didnít give up on my quest for the Holy Smoked Porter!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2004.Nearly opaque body with a thin beoge head. Smokey, woody nose. The taste is sweeter than I was anticipating. Nice smoke, tanninc, woody,bacon, meaty, caramel notes come through. The finish leaves a strong burnt/smokey taste and is quite bitter. This is good. Smoked beers are not my favorite, but this is one of the better ones.