puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. Ripe red grape, brandy, vanilla and oak aroma. Nicely complex. Notes of melon, marshmallow, and plum. Pour has an enormous, late rising head, very darkly brown. Strongly boozy in a manner that makes you recoil at first, and later come to enjoy the deep liquor notes—perhaps because it is making you drunk. Full bodied, though not as much so as many stouts. Apple, plywood, malt flavor. Very strong. There is no way this is 6.4%; the brandy-soaked wood clearly added a fair amount of alcohol here.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. Poured black with a nice cream head. Aroma was of raspberry, orange, banana, and spice. Taste was of tart apple and spice. Light lacing. Very good beer. Yum!!
shigadeyo (3192) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch No. 1
4/06/2010: Smoke from the Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)... Aroma: Weird aroma - elephant poop? Maybe not quite, but it has a very stange red wine, cooked cherry and berry scent with just a hint (hard to find) chocolate/roastiness. Appearance: Brown color with a golden tint; large tan-colored head; good puffy lacing. Flavor: Tart and sour, slightly smoky, the finish is quite dry. Palate: Medium-light, mostly smooth. Overall: Strange brew! The ashy smoke seems to be a little overwhelming considering the over flavors, the porter quality of the beer seems to be completely lost.
1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #88 for this beer.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 Pint 9oz. Pours dark brown to black with bubbly tan head that sticks the whole time. Aroma is light apple berry fruits that hint at acidity, background of roasty chocolate malt that grows sweeter and stronger as beer warms. Taste is acidic fruit behind roasted malts. Finish leaves light tinge of sour apple in back of mouth. Light smokey character, complex. Super carbonated, very bubbly almost alive on tongue.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
The intensity of this Barrel-Aged Smoked Porter might detract from its complexity living within, as the heavily fruity barrel apport (apples and blackberries, mostly) is propelled onto the tastebuds by lively effervescence. But there is more going on...
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam garnishes the blackness.
-There is some roasted malt character throughout, but it is shadowed by the apple brandy barrel.
-This was a gusher, but tartness and wilderness were restrained in the flavor profile. Not sure if it was intended to be this effervescent though...
-The intensity makes this a slow sipper.
-The residual sugars are well levelled, forming just a few love handles for the barrel flavors to hold on to.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle at a tasting thanks to glouglou
Appearance : Dark black huge head. Gusher.
Aroma : Lots of overcooked apples, lots of oak. Rather sweet. Notes of caramel. Some yeasty esters.
Taste : Lots of apples, some roasted malts. A tiny bit sour (from the oak maybe). Finish is oaky with lots of apples.
Overall : This is a very weird beer. Every sip was weird but I think I liked it overall. Carbonation was very fizzy. This is a bit of everything all mixed together in a crazy fashion. Interesting stuff !
joeneugs (3981) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark brown with a giant fizzy orange/brown head that settles to a thin layer in about sixty seconds. Smells like a caramel apple with cherries, wood, sour crab apples, and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is extremely lively with caramel, apple, smoke, wood, and chocolate. It has a dry, acidic, roasted finish. A little too frothy to capture all the complexity. Alcohol is hot in the back of the throat. This gets some points for originality. I’ll remember this one.
alexsdad06 (6755) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color, almost cola like, with a large beige head. At least this wasn’t a gusher like all of the other SFTO bottles I have had. The aroma opens fruity although more similar to some sours I have had and not the porter this claims to be. The tart notes stand out. The flavor had some burn as it goes down. Finally, a hint of the smoke. This however becomes more cider like and somewhat tart as well. The fruitiness is hard to place perhaps because I see apple in the name, but this doesn’t have a strong apple note. This is a bit better than my previous SFTO experiences, but far from something I would seek out.
HonkeyBra (3685) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at DLD2010. Thanks to the awesome person that brought this. Dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma of apples, booze, light saltiness. Wood and smoke apparent. Flavor is slick, boozy apple, chocolate, salt, oak, wood, kind of weird funkiness. Tart too. Slick mouthfeel. Pretty cool to try this one.
decaturstevo (5396) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with a thin head and lace. BB, apple, chocolate. Sour apple, light chocolate flavor. Foamy and thin. A very good beer.