HogTownHarry (5655) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased directly from the brewery. Looks fantastic - deep, deep clear blackish red with a huge fluffly light brown head, some decent lace draping. Aroma - thatís the shit all right - dry, deep roast, moderate herbal bitterness, decent campfire - wow thatís nice. The taste is a touch smokier, but interestingly itís also quite a bit sweeter - not in a bad way, and the alcohol is hardly at all noticeable - very drinkable, and hands-down the best thing theyíve done in years. Slick, light bodied, weakly carbonated, quick-finishing - leaves a hint of hardwood and bacon behind; terrific stuff, but itís not up to Alaskan Smoked Porter standards by a long shot. I will go get more though.
tomthompson89 (1796) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amberish color decent head, had on tap at Cíest what. nose is smokey, some bacon and sweet malts. flavor is very similar, but really really good. was not expecting this to be too crazy but i really like this beer
Glouglouburp (5572) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A highly roasted porter with a strong smoke presence (wood/pork). Simple but effective.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed moderately fresh, 3 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by HogtownHarry, thanks a lot Harry
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very smoky and the smoke character is somewhere between pork and campfire. Taste has plenty of highly roasted malts, not really chocolaty, no really coffee. Just plenty of burnt cereals with a charcoal briquettes character. And with the smoke I got a distinctive smoked bacon/pork/sausage flavor. Not alcohol presence whatsoever. The high roastiness level hides the sweetness. Body actually feels a bit light for an 8% brew. Ashes in water sensation. I would have preferred a smoother carbonation because all those small hard bubbles brought a slight acidity sensation that didnít fit with the rest of the beer. Needs more complexity in the malt department and the acidic notes need to go, but overall this is a pleasant beer in its simplicity. This is yet another nice Ontario beer, something that almost didnít exist a few years ago. Is this former beer wasteland on its way to become a good beer province? I have a hard-time believing that, but it might be because Iím a pessimist and I donít like my life to the fullest, I live my life to the half-emptiest.
j12601 (5652) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via a trade with Dany a couple weeks back when we went up for the Mondial of ice ciders. Pours a deep black with a monstrously large tan head. A good amount of smoke on the nose, a soft amount of roast. Medium bodied, slightly sweet an first, picking up a nice roast component, and gently gaining smokiness. Finishes with a bit of smoke, and a touch of oxidized malt, minerally at times, and with some soft plum and prune notes.
Sammy (7045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery, thanks Jason. Pours thick black with agreeable smokey aroma. Its thick tasting and woody, though not very complex. Drinkable though not overly drinkable. Good one from Amsterdam.
mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3943-20110827] 500mL bottle. Smoky wooden malt char aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Chocolatey roasted smoke malt flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (8/3/7/3/13) 3.4
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jercraigs (6477) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-08-27.Black, nice tan head. Smokey aroma, modest dark malt. 6+ Flavour is less dominated by the smoke, dark malt core is lovely, with the smoke around edges adding to a bitter finish. Smoke grows a lot as it warms up. 6+ Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate 3+ Nice beer but not to my own tastes due to the smoke. Bottle is a couple of months old. Bottle from the brewery via HogTownHarry