malrubius (1646) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Dark dark brown-black with lasting brown head and lotsa lace. Campfire smoke and espresso bean aroma with a hint of chocolate. Smooth smoky roasted coffee and chocolate flavors with nicely understated fruitness and medium finishing dry bitterness with mild lingering smoke. Nice and complex with good smoky character that doesnt conceal an excellent porter. Medium body and medium carbo with a tiny carbo bite. All around, Im a huge fan. This is an excellent beer.
beerbill (3331) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, dense black with a moderate mocha colored head that lasted until the end of the glass and left considerable lace all the way to the end as well. The smoke was quite noticeable in the aroma, with a solid dose of woodsmoke and some very subtle bacon notes also present. Roasted malt and chocolate are also present in the aroma. The flavor is very nice with roasted malt and woodsmoke both well represented. A very mild sweetness emerges midway, followed by some light bitterness at the finish. Medium-full bodied with a nice silky mouthfeel. Reading the other reviews, it appears there is some inconsistency from bottle to bottle, as mine was properly carbonated and there was ample smoke, which is something the brewer will have to work on. As for the bottle I had, excellent!
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to beerbill. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head that falls away to a tan ring of lace around the top of the beer. Aroma is light smokiness, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is moderately smoky roasted malt, bitter sweet chocolate with a light smoky finish. Very nice job on this one, very enjoyable. Damn! I sure wish I had someone to share this with, evil laugh......no I don’t.
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle gifted to me by notalush, thanks a lot Brandon I really wanted to try this before I left NY. Brewed October 7th, bottled December 4th. Poured into a Melbourne Bros glass with an all black color and a medium but quickly fading brown head. Aroma is all chocolate, fumy, dark roast, and coffee. Not much smoke in the nose. Taste is similar with an earthy bitterness coming from the roast. The smoke is only apparent in the finish and its subtle. Its an original smokiness, not rauch or peat. Its more like an airy forest type of smokiness. The mouthfeel is a bit too overcarbonated at first but settles as the beer breathes. Very nice stuff and I hope to drink a lot more from this brewery.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep brown pour with a light brown, thick and well retained head. Smoked chocolaty aroma- richly malty with a peat and earthy wood campfire character. Chewy/silky feel. Smoky flavor- not over the top- just some woody peat and roasted chocolate malts. With a toasted lingering finish. Nice and earthy. A well done Smoked.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of coffee, mocha, noticeably yet subtly smoky melding with chocolate notes and roasted malt. Flavor has a nice bitter coffee with a smoky edge so smooth I almost missed it until I didnt, and it turned out to be quite prominent and enjoyable. Smoke steadily builds on the tongue despite never overwhelming it on any given sip. A sweeter, vaguely fruity side to the beer also shows up as the beer warms. Again, even more than before, subtle and pleasant. Medium bodied and silky, no carbonation problems with this bottle. Very nice stuff, cant wait for more from this brewery.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from new beer. Pours a back body with a 3 finger tan head. Smoke, campfire, roasted malt. Thick smokey roasty with a big body. Licorice, chocolate, light bitterness to round out. Lighly woody, with a creamy body.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled on Tap @ LIC beer fest - nice chocolatey malts, with deep earthy and light smoke. well done, but not overdone. Creamy mouthfeel and a touch roast (but not too much to move into stout territory). Very nice.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a dark black color with a nice finger of off-white head. There was good retention with the head and some very nice lacing left behind.
S - Aroma has some very nice elements of smokiness, some sweet chocolate malts, and some bitter coffee aroma. Very nice and well balanced.
T - Starts off with the roasted chocolate malt flavor building with a hint of smokiness in the background. Through the middle, the roasted flavors and the smokey flavors explode a bit with some coffee flavor also mixing in. The finish has some nice smokey flavor that lingers with some bittersweet flavor from the chocolate. Very nice balance of flavors here.
M - Medium bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation. A bit dry overall, which makes it a really crisp beer. The smokiness really fills the mouth at points and gives the beer a full taste.
D - Very drinkable. The flavors here are excellently balanced and make for a very good beer. The smoky flavor really works well mixed with the porter and gives the beer a really nice kick, even with the relatively moderate abv (5.7%).
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some toasted notes, milld liquorice, wood and mild alcohol. Flavour is fruits, caramel, some toasted and ashy notes. and nice. Thanks to former Degarth... Aged nice imho.