DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Draft at O’Briens in San Diego. Bacon, metallic, smoked aroma. Chocolate malts persist. Moderately hazy mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. Smoked, roasty notes well-balanced with chocolate malts. Quite thin and fizzy, which is a turn off. Balanced well flavor-wise.7/4/7/2/13/3.3---- The palate is much better with a fuller body. Ratings updated.
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 edition. Almost black body but just a shade too light. Small light tan head that leaves some adequate lacing. Smoke aroma, but from what I remember from other years, this seems to have mellowed a lot. Campfire smoke, a bit of dark chocolate and a hint of camel. Mellow smoke taste, some malts, a bit of bitterness near the end and some chocolate notes as well. Decent feel in the mouth. I liked it, but an earlier vintage might be a bit more intense.
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown color. Very smoking smell. Needs a bit of time to level off once poured. Overpowering start. Mellows out to a taste of mocha and dark chocolate.
fordest (2435) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Draft Pint from San Diego Brewing Co. Dark Brown in color with a very rich head. Immediate aroma of smoke and mocha. A new favorite.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(A big thanks to DarkElf for this bottle, which he sent me in July! Thanks Stephen!) First off, 16 ounces beats 12 ounces any day of the year. Deep brown color with red tint and a mocha head. It left a cool ’halo’ at the top of the glass, which was intresting. Great smoked malt aroma. Light fruit notes were in there as well, but the smoked aroma was up front. It kind of reminded me of sitting next to my campfire in the fall. Very nice mouthfeel, with mild carbonation and a full yet balanced assortment of flavors. I picked up notes of camel, nuts, a little coffee, and of course, smoked malt. Finish lingers on and on. I really wish this was available here on this side of the Mississippi. Thanks Stephen!
JRBowie (18) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This current rating is rather low but let me explan. I was itroduced to this beer before I was in "The Industry". It was 2001. That was the absolute best "Vintage" I have ever had. However this years Vintage was "Nuts and berrys", not anything to write home about. It was like meeting with a long distant’s girl friend and finding out that you have grown apart.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2004. Excellent smoked aroma, just like smoked salmon or cheese. Pours a dark brown with barely some red hilights. Small tan head. Tastes exactly like it smells. Lots of smoke balances well with a light roasted malt. Thanks to Eyedrinkale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 2004 bottle. Brown colored with a tan head. Big alder smoke aroma comes across like smoked salmon. Medium bodied. Nicely done smoke balance with roasted malts. Well done balancing the smoked aromas and flavors with that of a solid porter.
’03 Bottle. Same characteristics, although flavor and aroma have turned more ollive-like. Still quite nice, less smokey, reminds me less of smoked salmon and more like cured olives. Nicely done!!!
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to slikwily for this brew! 2003 vintage pint bottle. Pours jet black, no light makes it through this brew. Has a small tan head that fades quickly. Huge smoked malt aroma with a behind-the-scenes fruitiness and milk chocolate nose. Flavor is wonderful smoke and toasted malt with hops on the end, and rather lasting. Full-bodied warm and fizzy palate.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz bottle, 2002 vintage. Pours black, with amber highlights, tan head dies down quickly leaving no lace on my glass. Smells slightly hammy, but more directly like a campfire. Drinks rather restrained, but the porter shows up with carmel, toffee type of hints as well as a slight roasted hint....a bit of choclate too...and some more campfire...finishes with some noticeable sweetness, but of the light sort, not cloying at all...I’ve been snacking on smoked summer sausage and they’ve been great companions. Maybe not as smokey as I recall it being when I first bought it, but what impressed me about it then was that the smoke was NOT completely over the top...good beer.