ikigai (64) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
3/14/15 from bomber dated 10/06/14. Nice chocolately head and color. Malty smokey flavor without much bitterrness. Very good. Kind of a leathery woody aroma and taste. One of the best porters I've had.
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mkam (322) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium head. In 2012 version aroma is smoky bacon with a hints of roasted notes. 2008 version aroma is different - a lot of smoked plums. Taste is smoky, rather sweet with roasted, caramel notes. Medium body, light carbonation. Very good smoked porter.
BBHansen (294) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ hugos. Appearance: pours black with ok off-white foamy head with some acing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate, wood, coffee, smoke and dried fruits. palette: low to medium carbonation, full body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, dry finish, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very nice complex stout
mel4vegas (30) - Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty much best smoked porter that is readily available. Smell like an Alaskan salmon smoker, with great olfactory senses. Great porter mouthfeel with perfect co2. Nice roasts finish and dry. Oh so drinkable.
McWorta (830) - LUXEMBOURG - MAR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle from 2013]
Olive black colour, light tan ginger pillowy head. Smokey bacon, leather, fresh cut peat, subtle dried fruit & tobacco notes, light earthy with hints of black olives and roast malt notes. Light sweet-bitter harmonic with a notch of acidity and a certain complexity reminicent of leather, olives, roast malts and even liquorice. Medium-full body, bit slick texture, softly carbonated with a long lasting finish.
fellebag (1056) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65cl. Light brown head diminishing. Dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate malt, a lot of smoke and a great package of leather. Hint of berries. Taste is sweet, dry and strong. The leather is by all very present here.
grew (93) - Wrocław, POLAND - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 edition. Looks nicely: black with good head. Aroma: surprisingly very low smoke (probably because of 3 years of aging), well-distinguished: dark chocolate, coffee and cherry notes. Carbonation is too high. Smoke is in after-taste. Very good, well-arranged beer. Very similar to aged baltic porters.
MNAle (49) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 version. First pour: bomber into a tulip glass. Second pour: into a pilsener glass to try to see more (color, carbonation). Pours very dark, almost opaque black. 1.5 in thick tan head that retains nicely. Leaves thick, clinging lace as it receded. (This pilsener pour had a much larger head, that collapsed with a very nice visual effect from the bottom up. Also, if I backlit the pilsener, I could see a very dark red color behind the front-lit black.) Smokey aroma, as expected from the name, with a faint meaty bacon or ham note. A bit of a boozy smell, even though it is only 6.5%. Pleasant aroma, but not the traditional beer-like. Smokey flavor on initial taste, with a mild bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Almost no carbonation visible in the tulip or in the feel. The smoky bacon is there in the taste, but the smokiness is more subtle than I was expecting. With backlighting in the pilsener, I was able to observe light carbonation. The malt backbone of this beer is well represented, but still, the overriding taste is smoky and somewhat bitter. I would have expected more of a malt-forward taste for a porter, but I do like the taste nonetheless. I have two other bottles that my intention is to drink one per year and see how it ages. I’m looking forward to see how this very good beer changes with age.
baraciisch (2215) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky aroma... Color is black brown... Flavor is overwhelmingly smoky, like eating from a campfire... Almost too much... Okay at best, but I like my homebrewed version better.
smroush (100) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is quite interesting - lot’s of smoke, malt, beechwood, even a sausage-like aroma.
Color is brownish-black, lightly cloudy, with a small white to off-white head.
Taste is heavy on the sweet with a long duration.
Palate is full bodied.
Overall a pretty good beer with some interesting and unusual aromas. I think the smoke is a bit too dominant for my taste though.