ThirstyBird (1699) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old noted from 2010 - batch 2. Appears a deep dark cola color with a tan head than goes to a ring with some lacing. The smell is sour, dark fruit and wood. The taste is grapes, sour tartness with dry wood in the middle ending with a dry finish. Very carbonated. Overall pretty impressive beer.
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml. Smoke tinged.oily, sour Porter, this is a great beer. Lots of depth. World Class beer all the way, this is just excellent. Vinous sour tones more than balance out the dark malt tones. I love the sour black ale style, and this one nails it. Awesome stuff.
mabel (6559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4715-20120818] Bottle. Roasty smoked dry wood sweet grainy malt aroma. Hazy, dark brown with a quick foamy tan head. Smoked sweet oak barrel roasted malt flavour. Full body. Wow, good. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Overheard: "You can taste dread."
johnnnniee (2451) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Batch 1 courtesy of mcallister, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge off white head that fills half the glass and takes forever to recede. The aroma holds some roast and chocolate with a solid hit of bourbon and oak and a curious fruity tartness. The flavor follows the aroma with the sour cherries and lemons taking over the lead role and just about obscuring the porter that was once in this bottle. Medium body with a ludicrous amount of carbonation and an tart ashy bubbly mouthfeel. This beer is a shell of its former self. Some wild yeast have gotten into the bottle and turned this beer, or maybe I just sat on the bottle for too many years.
jredmond (5624) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Batches 01 & 02 courtesy of Max at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Both pour a deep brownish body with light fizz. Aroma on Batch 01is musky, oaky, bourbon and chocolate, while Batch 02 has a much more pronounced sour acidity present. Mouthfeel is similar on both - medium to thin with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and molasses. However, the flavor of Batch 02 is completely different - veering much more into a dark sour ale with notes of tart acidity, light oak, bourbon, wine barrel, chocolate and spice. Both very solid beers. Batch 01: 3.9, Batch 02: 4.1.
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
All four variants of Smoke From The Oak served side by side at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks to Pete, Chris, and Brad for supplying the bottles. Review is from notes.
This beer is a dark brown color. It has a decent sized head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. Aromas are smoke, oak (go figure), and bourbon. The flavor is pretty nice. This was my second favorite of the four bottles. This particular variant was the most sour of the four bottles. There is some noticeable heat in the finish. Although, I would drink this again, I wasn’t especially impressed by any of the Smoke From The Oak lineup.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours black with brown edges. Small, light brown head. The aroma is sourish with buttery and woodsy bourbon. Light fruity and smoky undertones. Hints of dust and light horse blanket. The roast and the fruitiness play well together. The flavour is light sweet to dry, light bitter and medium sourish. Tones of vinegar, fruits, light roasted malt and citrus acid. Bit earthy and mouldy. The mouthfeel is tart with a light carbonation. Citric tart finish. Medium bodied.
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours thick dark rum brown with a caramel head. The aroma has big sour notes with some chocolate bourbon as well. The flavor is super sour dominant, but good with not any wild phenyl notes but pure delicous sour.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from trade. Thanks! Pours a rich dark blackish brown hue, with a thick creamy light brown milk chocolate head. Thicker film, good lacing. Aromas are sour cherries, red wine, touches of oak, vanilla, roast, and cocoa. Initial is sour cherries, red wine, some vanilla. Touches of cocoa, roast, toast, and biscuits. Some mellow vanilla, as the sour cherry asserts itself fully. Into the backend, lingering vanilla, toffee, sour cherries, red wine, and lingering touches of acidity. Really became a wild beast, but in a fairly enjoyable way. Sour cherries, oak, touches of dry red wine, light Bourbon spirit, vanilla, a touch dry and roasty. Really nice, but much different than anticipated. Still fairly complex, the base and original concept still have flashes, but an enjoyable sour cherry presence rues the day.
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. This was black with a nice tan head. Big smoke in the nose along with wood. This stout is big and smoky with plenty of bourbon notes. It is very good.