UncleKorm (287) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber bottle poured clear deep brown w/ avg mostly lasting frothy tan head and good lacing. Faint aroma of roasted malt. Sweet & smoke hit you upfront malty in the middle and faint bitterness at the end, the smoke stays with you as it is long lasting. Soft carbonation, watery in texture, light to medium body. This beer isn’t one I’d drink by itself, but would pair it with a meaty meal.
dfinney23 (1046) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barely enough smoke to call this "Smoked" but a very good porter. Toffee, roasted coffee and dark fruit.
wchesser (706) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark porter letting just a bit of light through a strong coffee brown. Quickly fading head with no lacing. Nose is smoke and some medium roasted malt. Taste upfront is smoke, followed by more smoke, roasted malts, coffee and caramel, and then a nice hop finish with lingering smoke and bitter hops. Smoke is present throughout, but never overblown, which is what I want. This is much better than the current 69 points. Great value too at under $5 for a 22 oz. Will definitely be looking for this again...doesn’t seem to get up to Denver much, but I will look for it when I pass through the Springs.
Camons (3755) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours black with a small creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, light smokey. Taste is malts, coffee, licorice, chocolate, lightly smokey. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. would have liked a little more smoke in this, still nice tho. 160312
onceblind (2642) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brewery. Clear-ish dark brown with a thin light tan head. Intriguing aroma of smoke-roasted chocolate, a bit of char, and some rauchbier grains. Clean taste that is gratefully not too heavy. Some char grilled chocolate tones, burnt toffee, and some light smoke tones. Like a typical smoked porter, but sweeter and lighter in body, which can be a positive if you’re not terribly keen on the style.
GarrettB (790) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Every so often I make pilgrimages back to my former living places. Last summer I was called back to Colorado Springs to check in on my alma mater, and to take in some of the surrounding joys - Manitou Springs, namely. But any visit to Colorado College requires checking back in with our pipeline of liquid joy, Bristol Brewery. Little had changed from my college years; the same wafts of cooking malts filled the dense air of the tasting room, and the characteristically hirsute brewers tramped around in their work boots, sometimes to mingle with the customers. Colorado’s canine credentials are always on display here, with dog bowls available for visiting pets and the Laughing Lab logo adorning glasses, growlers and coasters. As usual I opted for something new, and the new beer available that day was a growler of Smokebrush Porter. It made a welcome accompaniment to board games back in Denver. It pours a thin milk chocolate covered head with a deep, dark ruby red body. Plum, raisin and black currants feature strongly in the aroma. A medium body and a mild carbonation deliver the flavor with a light smoothness at first. Mild notes of chocolate, a nice maltiness soon turn into heavier, darker flavors. The aftertaste is slightly heavier, introducing a slight bitterness of teriyaki sauce. Overall, this is a light porter, despite the outdoorsy feeling of the label - it’s a porter with strong attachment to black currant and berry flavors, and makes for a nice dark beer that stands out when compared to other breweries’ staple porters. It also reminds me why Bristol Brewery was Colorado College’s beer supplier of choice.
crajun (709) - , Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle picked up in co springs. Black pour with little head. Very nice aroma. Slight smoke slight alcohol chocolate toffee and roasted stuff all blended well. Med palate. Flavor wasn’t quite as good as aroma. Flat up front with roastedness and smoke on back end. Good stuff. Need to find warlock
arminjewell (4206) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark reddish brown with off white head, aroma of caramel, toffee, some smoke, vanilla, hints of earth. Taste is nice toffee, molasses, vanilla, smoke, finishes fairly dry and bitter.
adnielsen (6553) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 Bottle @ dan’s house. Brown appearance with a smallish, big bubbly tan off white head. Dark toffee, moderate toasty, mild smoky aroma. Caramel, toffee, fairly highly carbonated, mildly smoky flavor. Pretty tasty but not very smoky.
Dogbrick (6178) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a dark brown color with a medium light tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Smoky aroma with mild roast coffee in the background. Medium body with flavors of charred malt, caramel and dark chocolate. The finish retains the smoked character and leaves a roasty malt aftertaste. Decent overall.