krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ah, everything tastes better over a campfire, aye? when the great hunter-gatherers of remote coastal alaska brought in the bounty of the dayís labors, this is likely what they reveled in. when they piled high their wild tundra chocolates, their husks of the rare rainforest coconut, and brought their walrus volks-brot onto a smoking alder blaze, they certainly required a complimentary beverage. this is it: a coarse libation blending soot, blood-stained elk leather and bitter spruce tea. they danced into the wee hours, gorging and drinking until they collapsed in rapturous inebriation-- or smoke inhalation-- whichever came first. to celebrate those festive days--before moon-barking and barfing were seen as social liabilities, alaskan brewing company brings us this porter just as they found it: leaking out of a rain forest cedar bog, one that was lightning struck and burned a half century ago. but really, this beer is all about the smoke. scrape away that fancy-pants extra touch and youíre left with an entry-level porter thatís as common on the domestic beer scene as a bowl of peanuts. watery feel, medium flavor, moderate alcohol component, with a somewhat pointed limey expression of hop bitterness. there is the usual lineup of slightly sweet dark malts, lots of predictable coffee and bakerís chocolate, plus a luke warm acknowledgement of orchard fruit esters. buy this one for the smoke (itís luscious), not the porter, and remember to crack a window.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002 vintage (thanks to Belmont station for selling these last X-mas!) .. Snifter. Dark rich mahogany, with thin wisping of tan head retention clinging to the glass. Aroma of campfire, molasses, coffee, caramel, vanilla, plum, cherry. The mouthfeel is smoothly tremendous, and glides down with the flavors of campfire smoke, brown sugar, dark chocolate, molasses, with wonderful complexity, balanced.. Makes the eyes roll in back of the head. So good!
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle. A very nice showing and well worth the mail order costs. Poured a dark brown, essentially black. The head was nice and the lacing decent, but neither overly impressive. The aroma was sweet, somewhat fruity with smoke over top. The flavor was excellent, started out somewhat sweet and fruity over a caramel malt base. Turned to somewhat of a sweet bubblegum flavor with a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Finished with definite smoke, but not overly so. Some bubblegum and even cinammon in the aftertaste (odd, but I got them multiple times) and the finish was somewhat grainy in mouthfeel, much like the finishing mouthfeel of a Baltic porter. Very nice, indeed.
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 Iíve 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 (17494) - 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 (5703) - 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.