grew (122) - 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 (51) - 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 (2291) - 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 (118) - 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.
IPAgutten79 (752) - Skui, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mørk med medium høyde på skummet. Aroma av røyk, noe kaffe og noe tørket frukt. Smaken er kaffe og røyk (som i røkt skinke, bacon osv). Noe søt, med en mild bitterhet i ettersmaken. Tynn/medium konsistens.
bwyu (45) - - FEB 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice porter on the roastier side. Was having this with bbq so the smoke wasn’t overwhelming. Would like to taste this layer without the bbq influencing my palate.
jspronck (148) - BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transports you to Alaska with smoky notes reminiscent of smoked salmon or venison meat. Dark color. Strong smoky and coffee aromas. Rich and full bodied.
Franksv6 (503) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black / brown beer with a beige head.
Taste malts, Smooky, coffee and raisins.
Bitter and smokkey afthertaste.
Good beer with only 6.5% alcohol.
X (96) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the finest smoked beers on the planet. I really want to dink this with a couple of hot Filipino hookers while sitting around a campfire.
Mittenator (1595) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to RespertFTW from notes. Deep brown with a dark head. Lots of roastiness and bitter malt. Not much smoke. Was hoping for much more from this.