thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smoke forward aroma pours dark brown tan persistent head some lace. Smoke flavors dominate with light chocolate,coffee and malts some initial bitterness medium and sticky on palate with smoke finish
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vera strong smoked aroma, particularly of lox. The smoke of this overpowers everything el se. Quite Malty. Overall it reminds me of alas kan smoked port just not as goodcooked vegetables,
wlajwl (3324) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a mix of caramel/toffee malts and smoked malts. The flavor is smoked malts, mild nuttiness, dark fruit and an acidity in the finish.
fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nearly black, but clear dark brown with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is roast, roasted nuts, chocolate, peat smoke, herbal hops. Aroma is nice, but lead me to believe it might be a bit overly peat infused, taste-wise. Flavor is roast nuts, coffee, light roast, some light char, burnt sugar, old cocoa, peat smoke, sweet malt and some planty hops. Palate is medium bodied and slightly syrupy throughout with a fairly light, but sharp carbonation. I was happy with the amount of peat smoke in the flavor, itís really easy to overdo it, and they didnít here. There is enough to make a presence, but not enough to blow away every other flavor. It lacks a bit of malt backbone, though. It may have many flavor attributes that point to a good porter (and it really isnít bad), but they seem hollow, barely there for a second then gone. Replaced with light smokiness and sweet malt. Still, not a bad beer, but it seems almost soda-like.
Elwood (2907) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Habershams Liquors. It pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is lighter than I was expecting with notes of smoked ham, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is a little on the weak side with some smoked meat, a little dry cocoa powder, and coffee. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a medium, slightly bitter finish. This one didnít blow me away, but it was certainly drinkable. Nothing to seek out though.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very well done smoked porter. The smoke is subtle and compliments the porter itself quite well, particularly in the nose.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown. Beige head. Chocolate roast, burned toast, lactose sweetness aroma. Flavor is bitter, roasty, cocoa and a very faint metallic note. Good porter.
drjay44 (2339) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Per the label, 8% ABV, brewed and bottled by Ass Kicker Beverage Co. San Jose, CA. Pours a medium, lasting, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, light brown (SRM 20) body...nose is hints of smoke, toffee/caramel, hints of coffee....taste is light smoke, toffee/caramel, finishing with a light coffee dominated bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation makes a tingly spritz. This is a light Porter. It is not particularly complex in either aroma or taste, and the mouth feel is almost to a Lager in its lightness. The malt back bone is the major flaw in its simplicity. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with rougeau13 - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. light lacing. Aroma is smoked malt. Flavor is smoke and lightly sweetened caramel malt. A little thin. A nice beer. Thanks Jared.
ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours an opaque dark brown with small beige head and a bit of lacing. Not a whole lot on the nose. Aroma is of baloney, a bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Body is thin without very much carbonation. The only thing I like is the mild smoky taste and finish , but overall I was disappointed, given so many other porters and rauchbiers to choose from.