MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001. Very dark brown with thin tan head. Smoky aroma with a hint of coffee. Full mouthfeel and subdued smokiness. Not as smoky as a Stone smoked porter. Very nice.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 nice thick body and nice aroma. more 'rural' than the rauchbier, if that makes any sense, i guess it smells more grainy, organic, farmy...well, it is excellent. but i had to give it only a slightly above average score because it didn't grab me, or keep me, no matter how many i had. not smokey enough for me. i guess that's it. not imported to NY state (another one)
BBB63 (6084) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2001: Black hue with an average tan head and no lacing. Very smokey aroma with hints of molasses and espresso. Nice balanced taste, smooth and not overpowering. Hint of tobacco and pumpernickel on the palate. Very dry and soft mouthfeel. Good but not great, a tad overrated IMO.
3fourths (8102) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 2002: Pitch black with a dark tan head. Big smoked wood nose with some coffee aromas as well. Even bodied, with a smoked wood (and fish) profile that is not overdone. Very robust and dry, grainy, with some interesting cigar, plum, and cedar flavors. Finish is slightly dry and quite sweet. Only noticeable difference in the 2001 bottle was it had mellowed slightly, as expected.
pinotwinelover (18) - USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard to drink much as it is very rich, but a great beer with smoked almonds. I always pick some up in the fall or winter for those cold winter nights. Great Beer1
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've been letting this bottle sit in my fridge for a while, so I hope it's not like the young bottle I had around Christmas, tasting of smoked ham. Hmmm...this is definitely better. Very smokey - almost a Rauchbeer. Some very nice hints of espresso and dark chocolate prevent the smoke flavor from overwhelming the palate, but allow it to be very robust nonetheless. Nicely rounded, but I'd like to see just a touch more of the espresso/chocolate coming through. Smoked malt is just so intense, it's a bit difficult to handle on it's own.
motelpogo (6701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
honey-glazed ham aroma. pretty intense aroma, like sheaf stout if they actually tried to make it smell nasty. rather than extra hops or extra alcohol like most american beers have, this one has extra burnt flavours. flavour softens after a while - ham on rye, maybe there's a depressing book about it. and thankfully the tangy hops don't bland out the finish
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very nice porter. Great smoked aroma and taste. I've never had anything quite like it. The nice smoke flavor doesn't overpower the taste but is definitely apparent. Poured very dark brown with tan head that dissolved quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.
This went very well, (ok it's actually going very well, since I'm drinking this with dinner as I rate it? with my pork chop dinner. This is a Must try brew. This was a 2002 and I wonder how much better it could have been If I just let it age, but alas, I love to try new stuff, and this was well worth waiting for.
Thanks to slikwily for providing it.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wood smoked ham nose. Black hue with a creamy light brown head. A mass of complex different flavours. Coffee chocolate, roasted malt all dominated by the rich smoked malt flavour. A great complex ale that would not impress any one other than a real disserning ale drinker.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice one. Lovely sausagy/hammy aroma and flavour, coupled with some nice roasty/ashyness, some nice chocolate and caramel flavours linger about aswell. A tasty, yet quite subtle smoked porter, i liked this very much.