ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks tytoanderso!! - Pours thick and almost black with a huge tan head...aroma is roasty, slight metal, dark chocolate and anise, dk fruit...flavour is pretty similar, astringent and roasty, burnt wood, plum...finish is bitter and lightly tart, with a lingering alcohol burn...
HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml into a tulip. Pours very dark with a huge tan head. Head grows as it sits. The head takes up about half the glass. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, light roast. Flavor is chocolatey, some licorice, some herbal notes. A bit bitter. Somewhat one dimensional. Smooth mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation for the style. Kinda of disappointed.
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a glass that is about 10" tall and 8" of it began as head. That head is dark and angry looking. Very cool. The body is quite dark with plenty of red. Aroma is musty and funky, even a bit fishy. Flavor begins with chocolate but is quite complex. Dark fruit including plums and figs, alcohol, cocoa, black licorice. Beneath it all is an interesting hop diversion. A very unique and flavorful beer. This one was fun to try.
Tmoney99 (10680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a mocha brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, faint fruits, and hops. Taste is chocolate, bitter, fruity, roasted malt, little dry. Overall, a nice tasty stout- another fine smokestack series. It’s nice to try another varient of a stout style. This one does just fine-good beer.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to BA BlueOkie for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, earth, cocoa, tobacco, and slight licorice. Flavor is similar with earth, tobacco, and cocoa. Medium bodied and decent overall.
Headbanger (3306) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle 5/13/10 (Whole Foods-Austin)-58° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more smoke coming out. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite delicious. Another great Smokestack brew.
arminjewell (6177) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown/black with tan head, aroma is some spice, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Taste up front is some spice from the hops and the rye, leading into a roasted, chocolate, and coffee middle with a fairly smoky finish. Pretty good!
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Butters. Dark, dark brown, black, thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, black licorice, roasty, light berry. Taste is anise, papery roast, chocolate, coffee, kinda meh.
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black/ brown with white lacing, light roasty malt aroma with a really bitter, very lip-smacking flavor. Sampled at "Guess who’s back..."