auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 651mL Bottle Black as night, with a glow of sodium street lamps on a wet sidewalk. Topped with the creamy puffs of Marshmellow men, tinted by years of pipe tobacco abuse. Aromas are weak, really. No weight, no heft. Merely, an acquiescing puny malt acts as though it could find some limelight amongst the dingy waft of casino carpets. Suddenly and abruptly a fiesta arises in my mouth, surrounded by strands of chile pepper lights and 60-year old Miami men smoking Partagas standing around me, while I snack on fried plantains and empanadas. Someone starts a small fire of juniper twigs in a chimera not far away. All the smokey signals cross, with a dense port-like sensation flowing across my palate. Here, a marriage of smoke and water in the ballet of malt. It’s the reduction of hickory smoke in a bundt pan of cane sugars and fine porter malts. Most impressive is the quality of the Porter that dances with the gentle boughs of blistering tundra alders. Silky as a breath of Dunhill smoke from the sharply cut lips of a Swedish artistocrat. Elegant. The pancetta in my pan crisps and like Sugar Ray’s right, it’s execution is exacting. Out on the veranda, a native quietly whispers, "Bring over more Maple." A proper rauch respect to the Porter tradition.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Obtained this 2005 bomber in a trade with BigLove a little while back. The beer inside was dark brown while pouring and black after settling in the pint glass. The head atop the opaque body was light beige in color and one finger thick. While the looks were good, the aroma was otherworldly smoky, underlain by a chocolate smell. The smokiness was also unmistakable in the taste, but it was far from overwhelming, and permitted chocolaty sweet and lemony sour flavors of a very well made porter come through. The hops were also present with a citric bitterness. Mouthfeel was chalky and dry, while still being silky smooth. No hint of harsh graininess in the aftertaste, just smooth long drawn out smoke. After tasting this spectacular beer, I wish more brewers would start experimenting with smoked malt. I would love to get my hands on more, as this would be phenomenal with more age on it, as the layers of flavors merge. It was still a world class beer as it was.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle. Very dark brown colour with a weak heád. Lovely smoky aroma aroma. Very smoky flavour too with hints of roastedness and some sourness at the end, but someway a nice mouthfeel in the aftertaste.
brownaler (415) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan head with a pitch black body. Perfectly blended asstortment of roasted malt flavor that has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. This is what I thought a smoked porter should taste like.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours opaque black with a small, off-white head. Malty, roasted nose with a whiff of smoke. Medium body with marked, hard roasted accents. A light, underlying tartness. A bitterness in the finish mainly originating in the malt. 240206
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
While I am no fan of smoke brews, this was good. The smokiness was acompliment, not a punch in the gut., more like a glancing blow to the nose. Pour was dark brown with a foamy creamy tan head. Taset was ty[ical porters, coffee and raosted malts. But the smoke came over and the finish was all ash.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was warned that smoked porters aren’t that good - but that was from an IPA lovin’ hop-head. This was intreresting and enjoyable. Smokey-citrus nose. Poured jet black with a small tan head. Typical porter start, smokey middle, and smooth malt finish. Would definitely try again.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured a deep dark brown with a prominent tan fluffy head. Aroma was very smokey with malty. The smooth maltiness of the porter was dominated by this beers smokiness. Reminded me of the flavor of smoked salmon. Very interesting but the smokiness became a bit much while trying to finish a 22oz bottle.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very rich pour with definate smoke and wood aroma. Very dark look with little head but still nice. The first sip unleashed a real balanced smoke and spice taste. It had a cream to it as well as a strong or robust hop and malt combo. Finished smooth and makes the mouth water for a bit in eagerness for another sip. Would go real well with dark bread and smoked BBQ. Very distinct rich beer
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thin brown head. Not much head retention but a solid presentation. Aromas of smoked chocolate, salt and espresso. Taste is rather sweet and hoppy with notes of wine on top of the smoked maltiness. Chocolate and espresso tastes combine well creating good balance. There is a fruitiness to this as well which is attractive. Mouthfeel is bitter as expected but it works really well. Surprisingly smooth throughout.