DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
8th 4-oz. taster for the night, which makes me temporarily co-mayor! Opaque brownish-black color. Still some light foam in the glass after it’s sat for a few minutes. Smell is… well, it’s heavier than I like of the plastic Band-Aid smell of a Schlenkerla smoked beer than I would like. But that’s the risk you run when making a smoked beer, especially a malty one. Now, the taste brings in more of the familiar Gouda cheese rind and smoked ham. But it’s still a bit distracting. People who are bigger smoked beer fans than I am will probably score it higher, and I say go right on ahead. I was happy enough with every other pour in the place.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). My first stop in saw 10 drafts. This was one. Pours a rich blackish brown hue, firm haziness, brownish lighter edges and bottom glow well. The stout is a bit more deep and ominous. A frothy light brown milk chocolate head sits atop as a mellow layer, laces ok. Aromas are woody smoke in firm quantities, roasty and earthy. Touches of cocoa, wet smokey wood, gentle earthy, soil, and faint cocoa. Initial is totally cherrywood smoke dominant, that telltale flavor up front, lots of wood, roast, toast. Gentle cocoa and darker toast, bready malts. More rich with some campfire meat elements coming in as it warms, toasty and toasty, some toffee, bready, biscuity. Gentle dryness. Middle offers more earthy, dryness, a firm hopping mixing with more liberal earthy smoke, kisses of campfire. Toasty and lingering smokey wood into the backend and finish really stick to the palate. A touc of girth, but rich smoke seems to rue the day here, especially as you get further into this bad boy. Cocoa, toffee, some dark fruit plum and black cherry at times. Solid offering, a lot different than other Chicago regular offerings. It takes some chutzpah to offer a smoked offering among your core.. This one has some moxie. It might be a bit oversmoked and harsh at times, but it speaks to a Smokehead like me and wins some respect for at least TRYING. Solid Smoked Porter, albeit a touch girthy and way too smokey at times. Dry finish and rich lingering more earthy smoke (less campfire than I’d like - but still nice). Solid beer.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured medium-deep, cloudy brown with a short smoked beige head. The aroma was sweet and toasty with a blend of your normal black patent-like malt and some other, odd dark malts.. a bit of smoked malt too.. kind of messy. The flavor was sweet and smoky with not a whole lot else going on.. I guess a little nutty malt down there.. meh. Light-medium bodied and dry on the palate.. the smoked malts grew on me a little.. OK feel and flow to it.
Newk (299) - - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at atlas brewing. Poured from tap into a taster. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head.
Pungent with aromas of smoke, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and espresso.
Full bodied, but well together with a really nice feel. Big, but balanced with chocolate, smoke and roasted malts.
This was my innaugeration into atlas and I enjoyed it. A bigger beer, but not boozy or overdone. The smoke didn’t overpower and it provided a nice addition to the beer.
kaser (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in their tap room. Smells and tastes like liquid smoke, hence the name and not in a bad way at all. Just dominates. Brown thin head sticks to the glass all the way down. Can't pull too much else from it out of the smoke - but I did like this beer
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MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark brown pour whispy head. Light aroma touch of bacon not much else. Thin palate. Smoke and water in the taste... not good.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown, almost black colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is peat with a light smokiness, a moderate roast, some chocolate, and touches of caramel. Flavor is thinner up front with a good amount of peat and roast. Light earthiness in the middle before some chocolate and caramel comes in. Finishes dry and roasty with a touch of smoke and a moderate bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this wasn’t bad, but it could use some work. The body is somewhat thin and the malts could be emphasized more while the peat is a bit distracting. I could see this getting better in the future.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with off white head. Aroma of peat, caramel, raisin,
Flavors of peat, cherry, raisin, and caramel, coffee finishes. Watery
feel, For a peat porter it’s not bad again it works and is drinkable.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Atlas. Was told by Drew that it used peated malt, which, unfortunately, is true. Pours a somewhat murky mahogany with an offwhite head. The nose is earthy peat, faint cocoa and caramel. The peat is distracting. On tasting, burnt toast, earth and peat taste. Hops are lost and some cocoa and caramel comes through late. Still, peat does not belong in beers. Remake with a hardwood smoked malt and it could be a winner.
deyholla (5844) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a near clear deep brown with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of cured meat, peat and smoke with underlying roasted malts. Flavor begins with peat and smoke that mellow in to a dry finish with roasted malts and coffee.