sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours pitch blak, naturally. Looks thin. About 1/3 inch of dirty dark brown head. Served cold as hellÖ I envision hell as very cold. Smell is pretty great, even at this temperature. First I got huge dark chocolate, then the second whiff got a lot of the smoky character. In fact, thatís all I get now. Pretty peaty, though the bready/malts are still pretty obvious in the nose. Probably the best smoked Iíve ever had, because itís such a complement in the flavor rather than the whole point of it. Actually Iíve had a real ygreat smoked barreled beer, but I canít remember what that was. This is a very well-made beer. Too cold to really evaluate the body.
HonkeyBra (3353) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the cafe. Dark pour with a tan head. Smokey, bacony, sausagey aroma. Flavor is smokey and meaty. Some chocolate. Pretty great smoked stout.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Eccentric cafe. Good aromas of Charred oaked logs and burnt malt. black pour with a tan head. the flavor seems a little weak...could be stronger. Very slight hints of vanilla throughout.The smokiness is a good mix with the thin flavor of chocolate.
Im thinking this one will have to be tried again and let it warm more than I did.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Draft at Eccentric Cafe. Nose is beef jerky, beech smoke and roasted grains. Taste is very robust and multi-layered. Lots of smoke and charcuterie. A touch salty and roasted. Pleasant underlying bitterness. Very nice.
LinusStick (2842) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious beer thanks to Phil (hope that’s his name, I’m terrible with names!) at Vintage Estates. Aroma was a nice mix of smoke and bitter chocolate. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown/near black with a 1 finger tan head. Taste was nice and smokey. Perfect mix of stout and rauchbier. The smoke comes up the sinuses after the bitter dark malt and chocolate leave the front. Glad to have gotten to try this.
patrick767 (3570) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at the brewpub - Pours black with a one finger tan head. It smells of smoke and roast malt. The smoke is very evident in the flavor but doesn’t completely overpower the dark roast malt of a stout. The palate is unusually bubbly for a stout. It’s medium bodied and has a slightly bitter, smoked finish. Should be classified here as a Smoked style.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. I was given a thin-looking dark brown liquid with a very small head. Aromas of smoke and peat with a touch of molasses and anise. Flavor is fairly smoky, but it’s more of a peat smoke than a charcoal smoke, if that makes any sense. Molasses and anise are also present in the flavor. My complaint (especially at first) is that it comes off as thin... it seems like there is not quite enough malt. It doesn’t come off as particularly watery, just thin. By the time I hit the bottom of the glass, however, this initial assessment seems silly and wrong. Flavor and palate and all are full and good at this point. I’m not sure whether it is a temperature issue or what. All in all, this is pretty darn good stuff.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at the Eccentric Cafe. Poured deep black in color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of smoked malts, chocolate, and mild roast. Tastes of moderately smoked malts, chocolate, light coffee. I’m starting to love smoked beers, and this certainly was a very solid drinkable version of that style. Great body and smooth finish. Nice.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, light smoke, roastiness, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, and toasted grain with a bitter coffee finish.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely stuff. Very smooth, very black, lacy, the smokiness subtle among roasted flavours and dark chocolate. Lasting bitter aftertaste.