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.
JFGrind (1978) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I sampled the same bottle of 2001 thanks to Mullman. The strong aroma of smoked malts stood out as the dominate quality of the 2001 bottle. 2004ís aroma was toned down. Very nice blend of flavors in this smoked porter. Iíve only see this beer in Northern California, it was nice to sample one in PA at hopdogís gathering.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 bottle thanks to Mullman. Black in color with a small tan head. Beautiful aroma of mild smoke, sweet malt, caramel. The smokiness is more pronounced in the flavor. Mildly sweet roasted malts with just a hint of hops.
Excellent! Tasted side by side with a 2004 bottle. The newer one had a much more mild aroma, was hoppier and less smoky. Definitely ages well.
ElGaucho (2384) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beef jerky aroma. Smells also like a campfire. Light brown head. Fully diminishing. Rich, smoked essence is very apparent. Good hop profile. Very solid. Almost the perfect porter. Could use a little more alcohol, but at least you can have a few without being under the table. The smoked aspect is done perfectly.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@Pizza Port Solana: Dark brown almost black in color. Small (bar pour) tan head. Aroma of smoked ham. Flavor is malty with smoke and a light stout like bitterness. Light palate. I probably would have liked it more if it was not served so COLD.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Reminds me of a nice camp fire at a camp where the counselors are horny and thereís a masked maniac roaming the woods with a chip on his shoulder... Very tasty. Let it get to almost room temperature before you drink. Trust me. Nice, NICE bits of smoke and burning wood. The taste immediately transports the imbiber to a simpler place, where the day begins with the sun and the day ends with the last spark of the campfire. Exquisite mouthfeel that spreads the smokey goodness throughout the mouth. Not to be missed.
Garrat (1325) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 From a small bottle.Near black in colour,nice head,Kippers and dover soul sprang to mind,full and bitter,not much fun for me.
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 edition - 23 oz. Wonderful wife had 6 of these shipped to me for Christmas :-)
Definite smoky aroma and taste, but not too much. Gets even better as it warms - a refined taste. Didnít taste chocolate, a hint of coffee though. I have four left Iíll save for special occasions.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 2004 bomber. This didnít seem like it would blow me away considering that it smelled like smoked salmon, but it tastes great. Smoke with salmon and bacon hints and a creamy, almost vanilla finish. A smooth, unique, and delicious beer.