patrick767 (3728) - 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 (2588) - 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 (12314) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: black, fine beige head, layers of lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate and roasted aroma with a hint of smoke,
Flavor: dark chocolate flavor, light roasted, earthy peat, well rounded bitterness rools out from the roasted and earthyness, lasting dry roast finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours to a deep black body with a thin rocky tan head. The aroma is strong smoke and deeply roasted black malts. The flavor is strong deeply charred black malt and a nicely balanced smoked malts. More of a stout with subtle smoking than a strong rauchmalt and subtle charring. Nice smoked lightly charred palate.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Madura, pre Great Taste ’08. Unlike any other Bell’s stout. Dark dark brown to black, with a bit of a quickly disappearing head. Big roast, with a strongly smokey aspect. Not peaty, a bit bacony, but much more acidic and woodchippy in the nose. The mouth isn’t huge and thick, but it’s certainly not thin. The flavor is very acidity, very sharp, and the smoke only makes this aspect stick out more. The flavors are almost fruity, but much more roasty acidity than anything else.
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Maduro’s Bell event
While lacking the spectacle of last year’s ridiculous taplist there were still a few interesting things being tapped this year. The best was a five year old Expedition stout which just goes to prove how great a beer it is. Otherwise the only one I tried was this. Expecting something with a bit more smoke it was a little bit of a disappointment. Good as a stout it either needs more smokiness or a new name.
Aroma / Appearance - The thin spotty head resolved itself at the top of an almost full pint. Underneath was a black body that was fluid and left little evidence along the sides as I drank it. Smoky chocolate reminded me of the smell of an empty cigar box filled with fruit.
Flavor / Palate - The slight bitterness gave only a trace of smoke like the kind you may find in a freshly dumped ash tray. Dark chocolate formed a rich conclusion which left me refreshed. The dry finish was well done. Easy to drink my only real problem was that it did not feel smoked at all.
islay (1525) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz. pour, on tap at Maduro in Madison before Great Taste of the Midwest. Consumed on 8-8-2008. Sweet, malty aroma of light bacon and chocolate. Pours dark brown with a thin wisp of tan head. Tarry, roasted coffee taste features a disappointingly small hint of smoke. Medium to heavy body. Lively. Rough on the palate. Forgettable.