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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A complex beer, with layers of flavors unfolding as this beer slides down your throat. Before the introduction of indirect-fired malt kilns, all beers had a smoky flavor. Today only a handful of brewers produce beer reminiscent of those of the past. We use imported German smoked malt to add depth and complexity to our Smoked Porter. Sensory Profile: Aromas of smoked wood, licorice, and dark fruit. The flavor is a balance of smokiness, roasted malt, coffee, and malty sweetness.

Food Pairing: A natural match for any smoked or grilled meats. The smoky flavor of the meat and the unique smoky flavor of the beer blend beautifully to elevate the enjoyment of them both.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Another Cpt. Lawrence sipper, complex, on-tap at Barcade. My clear winner here over a long night. The smoke is instrinsic, its the smoked malt. The aroma is rather ginger. A whisp of head, lace and a fresh beer. Medium mouthfeel, and drying bittersweet finish. Comes to a fruitiness in the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2008
At bar america in nyc. A lot better than the food. very complex yet drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Growler filled at Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that disappeared after the first sip. Very pleasant aroma of light smoke, roasted malt, and chocolate. I like that the smokiness does not appear to be overpowering this beer. The flavor is again light smoke, roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke flavor is well proportioned against the roasted malt and chocolate flavors and compliments them well. Medium bodied. Soft finish. This is an excellent smoked porter.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
On tap at the brewery: Pours very dark with a tan head. Aroma is very pleasant, smoke and roasted malt. Taste is very similar. Very smoky flavor, but not overpowering. Slight hints of a steak flavor as well as an obviously large amount of roasted barley or black patent malt flavor as well. Mouth feel is also pleasant. Full bodied and soft feeling. Great finish as well. Overall, an excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 On tap at Hop Devil. Typical dark black porter color with moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and little extra smokiness. Some chocoalte and a little berry. MIld in taste and finish. Thin but somewhat soft mouthfeel. Well crafted, not overdone. Makes for a good session beer. 7/4/7/4/13 Rerate: On tap at brewery tasting room. Big frothy tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors more pronounced. Gentle smokiness. 7/5/7/4/14

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Tap. Dark opaque reddish-brown with a tan head. Full, but subdued smoky aroma - bitter notes of almond and a little sour like unripe grapefruit. Good beer. Had it with duck that came with a bourbon sauce and it held up nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil on 9/14/07: Pours an opaque black with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate malts. Body starts full, sweet and dark malty with a hint of tart balance and dark fruits. A nice porter with a slightly out of character tartness, but it seems to mesh well here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Draft at Hop Devil Grill. Aroma of some roasted malt, a little smokiness, and some lactic sweetness. Good flavor in this beer, a combination of the aromas i just mentioned and some pit fruit. One of the better porters that I have had recently, but maybe not as smokey as it should be.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Had at Logan’s Oceanside beer tasting with AlohaC, and Hair, and Matt, and Ken, and Bill, and others. Hand bottle from alohaC! Pitch black. A little malty. A little smokey, but very little. A little sweet. Smallest amount of acidity. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2007
My growler of this beer, with a little bit of rousing, pours with an initially fat-two-finger thick, dusty chocolate cream color that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, definitely opaque and so close to black I am having a hard time saying it is not. The aroma is most noticeably smoky; in fact it seems characteristic of malt smoked over beech wood (rauch malz). Underneath the smoke is an interesting sweet, fruitiness; this is not always noticeable, but at times is distinctly noticed as sweetened raisins. That last is actually quite fleeting and now that I am looking for it I am having a hard time picking it out of the other aromatic components. Lots of rich malt aromatics linger around in the nose too; Aromas of toasted malt, touches of black coffee, roasted grain dust and perhaps a touch of liquorice.

Lightly sweet tasting, which accentuates notes of burnt prunes and roasted raisins. This fruit character plays second fiddle to the dark & smoke malt character though. The roasted malt flavors play a much bigger role, in comparison to the smoke flavors, than the aroma would have suggested. In fact the roasted character of this beer is the dominant flavor contributor; flavors of espresso, darkly toasted malt flower, toasted bread crust and a significant, though not overwhelming burnt acidity. This acidity from the roasted grain lingers on in the finish a bit (like the slightly acrid, sharp bit found in a dark roasted pull of espresso), it is tempered a bit by some malt sweetness, notes of chocolate and some sweet smoke flavors. The smoke for the most part plays a secondary supporting role here in the flavor. It is noticeable at all flavor points during a draught of this ale and serves as a nice foil for the roast grain flavors. Somehow it does meld and even accentuate the residual malt sweetness found in the beer. I nice mouthfeel to this beer and the body has a certain heft to it that allows the malt to cling to the palate. Medium full feeling, especially up front and through the middle; the roast acidity serves to lighten the fullness of this beer a bit starting in the middle through to the finish.

I like the heft of this beer, it could perhaps use a touch more body to offset the heavily roasted flavors, but it is almost where it needs to be. As someone who loves smoked beers, I could wish for a touch more smoke character to, but it certainly plays a significant role here (especially in the aroma). While I find that it is generally so, the contribution of the smoke to the perception of sweetness in this brew is definitely notable (this is certainly not an overly sweet beer though, it is just interesting that I am specifically noticing the interaction between smoke & perceived sweetness). I definitely can’t wait to try the barrel aged versions of this beer; I am almost quite curious to see how a beer of this heft will stand up to and not be overwhelmed by the various barrel types. This is quite a nice beer & I am certainly enjoying the ability to quaff a couple pints of this brew.


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