Brentv (657) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was a surprise and what a beer! On tap at the Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield, IN. Almost black with a thin light tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Slight smoky aroma with chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is a classic porter profile with hints of cherry and smoke. This batch does not have the strong smoke of the older reviews. This is subtle and delicious.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlogged rating: Reddish brown with frothy head. Smoke, walnut, toffee, pear and apple esters along with some grainy and herbal notes. The taste has a smooth smoke and nutty tone with light bitterness and coffee. Smooth soft and refreshing mouth feel, very drinkable for a smoked beer... good job NOT listing this as a smoked beer for it is very much a porter overall.
Itzjerm (2320) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good with solid burnt smoke light taste. Light aroma also of the same. Sweet light toasty nice.
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Patrickctenchi (6090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black, with a thin, light tan head.
Smoky, cherry aroma.....
Slightly medicinal cherry, woody, smoky taste.
Extremely nice one.
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Woody chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with small head. Smoky/woody chocolate malt flavor. Light ashy finish. Very good beer.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
Saving the best for last I tried a sample of a very interesting take on the smoked porter. Whatever was used to give it depth and richness made me want a full pint. Had it not been for a flight I may have ordered a growler to take home.
Aroma / Appearance - The hazy opaque body is reddish black like flat Dr Pepper. There was not much head although the fill was nearly to the top of the sample glass. A dense smoky feel is like smelling an ash tray rinsed with cherry juice. Underneath is a malty tang.
Flavor / Palate - The thick mouthfeel is tarry and smoky. An ashy base supports black cherries and straight coffee. After just two sips it hangs in the back of the throat with a dusky texture. This was the best beer on tap at the time - check it out while it lasts.