bmerz (690) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Good head & lace, Nice aroma of fresh dark malt and smoke. Flavor is bit lactic and soft dark malt. Pretty proper.
DiarmaidBHK (3370) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours really really dark brown with a thin brown head that leaves some lacing. Nice smoked roasted notes on the nose. Also some chocolate notes on the tongue. Thin mouthfeel leads to a clean finish. Decent choice for a session beer.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A watery roasted dark ale with faint smoke. Boring.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Almost black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is lightly smoked with light notes of roast. Body is way too thin, borderline watery. Taste is burnt black cake, a bit of caramel, roast, light notes of smoke. To call this smooth would be an understatement. Its taste is bland and the beer lacks body but it wasn’t unpleasant in any way. Boring and without personality. If the smoke beers were college students, the Amherst Puffers Smoked Porter would be the dude playing flute in the football marching band.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub.
Appearance : Pitch black with a small head.
Aroma : roasted malt with coffee and light woody smoke.
Taste : Sweet with light caramel. Very thin palate. Light caramel on finish with light roasted malt and very light smoke. Not very smokey. Light bitterness on finish.
Overall : Not very good. Palate is too thin. Smoke is too subtle. Sweet-ish but light at the same time. Meh...
JMCricket (2) - USA - JAN 6, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My first smoked porter and still my favorite. Black color with a smokey, woody, flavor. Heavy and creamy.
dogfish120love (916) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with no head. the flavor is slightly metallic. The aroma smells like coffee and chocolate ( although predominantly chocolate.) very mediocre.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown beer with a thin white head. Fairly creamy appearance. The nose is loaded with soft sweet cocoa and a touch of light beechwood smoke as well. There is a little bit of light brown malt/crystal sweetness on the nose. The palate is substantially thinner than the beer needs to be. A bit of roast but it comes across a bit ashy because of the thinness of the body. It’s also got some clean bitterness that seems a bit inappropriate. It isn’t bad by any means, but it could be much better.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cold on tap: Pours a dark brown color with a medium creamy light tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, smoke and coffee. Taste is of roasted malts with earthy hops and coffee. Watery texture and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is of roasted malts with notes of earth and cofee.
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a brown, dark-brown color with a tan head, very small bubbles. The lacing was decent on the way down and the aroma very mocha-like with a charcoal smokey touch. Flavor was much the same with some roasted malts showing up behind the smoke flavor. A very well done smoked beer, this was a smooth drinker, perhaps my favorite of the ABC stop.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red-black body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, smoke, some caramel, chocolate, roast. Watery light-medium body with low carbonation.