Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Have you ever put too much Liquid Smoke into a marinade or on some meat? It doesn’t taste very good, does it? This beer tasted like it was flavored with Liquid Smoke, and too much of it at that. I love smoked beers and smoked porters, but this was the worst smoked beer that I have ever had. But to me, a bad smoked beer is better than a lot of other beers. I could see others rating this beer a lot lower.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at GABF 2008. Almost black - offwhite head. Whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, wood, roasted, burned, smokey, coffee, chocolate, nice.
joergen (26200) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at GABF 2008.
Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of vanilla, chocolate, whisky and wood.
Roasted and smokey flavour of chocolate, coffee and hops.
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Theatre Square BBC downtown. Opaque brown pour, dense tan head. malty, roasty nose. Flavor is smoky, malty, roasty. Nicely hopped, dry finish with the wonderful, soft mouthfeel of a cask-conditioned ale.
Tmoney99 (13600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewpub. Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and smoke aroma. Medium body with an oily texture. Medium balanced smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Black/red pour with a quaint tan head. The aroma is of coffee and caramel and doesn’t lean toward any one robust note. The smoke comes out in the flavor which mixes very well with the coffee taste. Some meaty notes are hidden far beneath the smoky-porter aspects. The sweetness is very appropriate here.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquorice, smoked malts and grape notes to the aroma. Opaque dark brown/black body topped by a decent tan head that recedes to thick ring with nice lacing. Smokey malts with liquorice notes in the flavour. Clean and well brewed but perhaps not altogether exciting. Medium light body with fair carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 GABF 05. Pours a jet black. Aroma is sweet chocolate with a whiff of smoke. Flavor is smokey with an offset of chocolate and hops-- it’s actually very hoppy. Palate is dissappointingly watery. Overall, a good beer.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge creamy and frothy head lasts forever over the deepest brown body. Typical porter chocolate and cerealic malt nose, gentle nutty and plumy to add elegance.The smoke remains a factor, but under control from the beginning to the end. Focused flavour balance, not really attempting to be complex. Simply a very good base porter with an stylish smoke character. Far-fetched medium creamy mouthfeel has this light carbonation that evolves into a comfortable foam and make it all perfect. Fantastic beer for my smokehead.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 On draft at BBC Shelbyville. Pours black. Aroma of roasted malts. Very similiar to the Dark Star Porter, but sweeter with less robust roastiness. This beer wasn’t bad, but the smoke flavor tasted artificial. I haven’t had a bad beer at BBC, but this one was disappointing. Didn’t get as much out of this as some of the other reviewers. The lack of hop character was disappointing. Perhaps they’ve changed the recipe.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 Cask at the brewery - malty and only lightly smoked in the nose. Very nice appearance - dark brown and opaque with as creamy a head as I believe I’ve seen without nitrogen. Of course, that leads to a creamy mouthfeel - very soft. This is as nice a beer as I’ve had from this brewery!