Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Kickback’s. Pitch black with thick tan head. Aroma is hard to pick up but includes some asphalt (which I always find pleasant) and not a lot of smoke. Quaffable mouthfeel. Not smoky enough for my palate. Lots of roasted malt, slightly burnt but still fun to drink.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Almost hard to believe this is a smoked porter. Nose is hoppy, with the smoke and toffee flavors taking a back seat. Flavor follows suit. Packed with hops, and a slight smokiness in the back. Very good, but hard to believe it is a porter.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 Pint at the brewery tap room in Riverside. Pours a deep brown almost black with a thin, tan, creamy head. Aromas mostly muted but there are some chocolate and roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is full-bodied with an enormous balancing hops, brown sugar, and faint smoked malt. Very drinkable and not too light. 8% is barely noticeable as seems to be the case with most of the Bold City beers. Probably my favorite offering aside from the Chinook IPA, which is not listed yet on this site.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewery. Really dark almost opaque but shows a red-orange at the edges. Creamy head. Barely smokey with notes of coffee and roasted malt. More smoke in the flavor though, generally dry esp at the finish. Deeper into the glass a piney citric (very cascadey) hop came out, which was unexpected but it worked.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at the brewery tap room. Clear dark brown beer with a light tan head. Sweet, smoky dark malt aroma. Flavor is excellent, with fine balance and layered complexity. Slightly sweet, with molasses and brown sugar, and a very mild smokiness thats not overdone. Very drinkable and enjoyable, and the alcohol wallop is well concealed. My favorite of the brewery so far. Well done.