Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 From a 22 oz bottle. Darker than midnight with a thick and lasting tan head. Great lacing throughout. Fantastic smokey meat aroma that almost covers up a wonderful porter aroma underneath. I pick up just the slightest hint of coffee underneath. Very nice taste to this one. Smoked meat flavor with a tangy and dry finish. Smooth mouthfeel with just enough bubbles to keep my tongue entertained with every sip. I was always worried that I would never get a chance to try this beer. This is an amazing beer, something I could drink on a weekly basis. I wanted to break into a rendition of "Sweet Child O Mine" and dedicate it to this beer.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)Has been looking for this sucker for some years now. Fat fishy-smoke, like being there at the campfire by the lake, yourself. Odd combination of a really smooth head with a watery feel. Slightly sour/fresh zing to it. Nicely hopped, yet a edgy malt too. What I´m trying to say, must be: it has a godd balance. Seriously easy drinkable.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid aroma of smoky malts — earthy and woody with hints of leather. The flavor is also robust with smoke and roasted malts hinting at a meaty flavor with a bit of sweetness, perhaps caramel, in the background. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Medium body. Clean and smooth with a slight stickiness that hangs around. Nicely done.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle from SecretSanta. This is one I’ve been seeking for a while. Open this bad boy up and watch it’s beautiful pour, dark as Point Barrow in January with a nice set of antlers on top. At first, the aroma of smoke was in the background as the coffee and chocolate rushed to the fore. As it warmed, the smell of smoke and wood really took over. Same can be said with the flavor. First sip was something extraordinary, chocolate, roasted malts, even a little vanilla and faint hops. The smoke started to creep in after a third of a bottle. By the end of the glass, the smoke was overwhelming and really detracted from what should be an excellent beer, and I couldn’t get the taste and aroma of smoked cheese out of my mind. The beginning is good, the end ... not so much.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavily smoked aroma, cocoa and malts abound. Very full-flavored porter, nicely balanced. The only smoked porter I can honestly say I quite enjoy. The smokiness doesn’t taste artificial or "oily". Nice.
notalush (5219) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty opaque pour, with a thick ring of tan lacing - very prominent smoke in the aroma, earthy notes, chocolate - a very meaty porter - smoke flavors don’t overpower like in many other smoked beers, but rather, they intertwine with vanilla and cocoa, a bit of black cherry, oak, some caramel malt? - finishes quite dry, just some lingering wood and smoke - drinking this beer makes me feel like I’m camping in the depths of the alaskan wilderness, hunched over a roaring fire.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly malty aroma doesn’t do this justice. Loads of smokey flavors fill my mouth with first sip - both liquid and smoked cherry are there. The smoke mixes nicely with earthy malts and notes of salty bacon and leather. Slightly bitter finish draws out leaves my tongue chalky dry, like eating some baker’s chocolate. Good stuff.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, Vintage 2002. Red brown colour with a small brown head. Roasted, heavy smoked eal aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet smoked finish. To smoked for my liking.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vintage 2002, reddish brown beer with a tan head. Roasted malty aroma with a smoky bacon note. Smoked bacon flavor and a dry finish.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage. Pours dark brown with a medium-brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving some nice lacing. The aroma is very smoky--reminiscent of a winter campfire. The flavor is smoky and roasty, with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish balancing the sweetness of the smoked malt. Top notch, but you’ve got to have a taste for smoked beers.