ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured into a snifter. Robust aromas of vanilla bean, smoked pork, grain and chocolate bars come through. The aroma starts to lean more towards chocolate-covered raisin as it warms up. It pours a dark, oily brown color with a light tan, dense, soft head. A thick, fuzzy ring is retained with a thick film surface. The lace is runny and leaves a mostly clean glass. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. It’s a viscous and sticky beer with a medium body and soft, flat-ish head. Flavors of smoked meats, coffee, chocolate, vanilla bean, and maybe even a touch of anise seed make for an intriguing blend in the mouth. It finishes with dark fruits and smoke. A wood note comes through in the finish later as the glass warms up. The smokiness has an astringent quality in the aftertaste as it lingers with some roasted grains, chocolate, and dark bread notes.
outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
C. I. Julie. Says. To smokey
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Darkmagus82 (2271) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-13-14-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head composed of a thick brown foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with a light level of caramel sweetness and some vanilla. Along with these aromas are a little bit of cocoa, some oatmeal and a light smoky smell that produces a very nice aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong roasted malt flavor that is a little bit on the drier side with only a hint of caramel. An oatmeal flavor as well as a light coffee flavor are there as well with them gaining in intensity as the flavor advances to the middle where they then maintain their strength to the end of the taste. Along with these flavor transitions so too comes a moderate smoky and woody flavors. Some light chocolate, more caramel, and light vanilla flavor join the tongue more toward the end sweetening the taste ever so slightly. At the end, with the blend of chocolate, smoke, caramel, oat, and roast one is left with a still rather dry but rather easy drinking and quite balanced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While a slightly thicker and chewier body may have accentuated the oat and roasted flavors slightly better, the lower carbonation was on spot and made for a nice drinking porter.
Overall – A light to moderately smoked porter that had nice flavors and a good drinking feel and taste. If you are looking for something super smoky then you won’t find it here, but you will find a nice drinking and balance porter.
Theydon_Bois (17227) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the Bottle Shop, Bermondsey, 06/09/14.
Pitch black with moderately appointed dirty tan spotting and edgework.
Nose is rich malt, dark fruits, brown bread, spice, subtle rauschings, ashtray tones.
Taste comprises dark toffee, dark malt, biscuit notes, oatmeal vibes, light chocolate, less smoke than the nose.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok smoked offering.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg Dark brown pour with a slight, light tan head. Odd nose that’s a bit smokey and a bit medicinal. Slight dark chocolate notes get overtaken by charcoal, smoke, and a very odd, peaty/medicinal note. Based on the description, I’m guessing this wasn’t the intent. Possibly infected?
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the bottle shop - black with tan head. Stouty nose, lots of raisins and chocolate. Taste is dry, lightly smoky, some hops. Nice
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Bottle Shop with Harry. Black lasting tan head. Some chocolate. Some light mouthfeel. Yes a light chocolate dry stout.
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8oz pour at Galaxy Hut pours a murky, deep brosn with some spitty, cream colored head. Nose has some cold smoke, cracker, wet bread crust, bits of vanilla, a little stale cola, some kielbasa. Flavor is sweet and smokey, malt, a little tree bark, bread crust, caramel, some lurking coffee, meaty, roast mushroom, a splash of BBQ sauce. Sweet, smokey, sticky finish.
allmyvinyl (9538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at the mad hatter brew tap. Pours dark brown, near black, no head. Aromas of smoke and liquorice. Taste is more of the same. Sweet finish. Not bad.