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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
on tap-pours a big cascading, creamy light brown head and black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, roasty. Taste is coffee/anise/ chocolate-dark malt, roasty, secondary bitter/acidic hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Tap @ Capt. Lawrence. Poured black with a tan head. It had a nice milk chocolate aroma with some good roast. The aroma was semi-sweet. The flavor was roasty with some dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Dry. Not much in the way of smoke but very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1578) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Draft at Blind Tiger Alehouse (late June ’07 from notes). Opaque black with lasting tan ring. Smoke and roasted chocolate aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, raisiny, and smoke flavors. Slight tartness in finish. Medium-full body. Yum. re-rate on tap at the brewery 6/6/08. Excellent. Black with lasting light brown head. Rich chocolate smokiness in aroma. Pronounced wood smoke in flavor with roasted chocolate and medium bitterness. Bravo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Enjoyed from a growler (provided by an estimable gentleman from "the other site"). This beauty is a rich, oily, inky brown, with just the faintest traces of ruby visible in the body. Nice fluffy head. The foundation is a very nice porter, with full roasted malt flavor, a pleasantly thick body (but still drinkable), and some strong notes of chocolate, maybe just a hint of licorice like the brewery’s description says. The smoke is very subtly integrated into the fine brew, and is not very prominent. I’d like it to be just a tad more present, but that’s not a major complaint. Basically, this is a grand porter, bold but drinkable, robust but balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2113) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2007
Draught at Gingerman NYC. Pitch black. Small beige head. Rounded and roasted malt character with a subtle bacon-like smoke character. Quite refreshing when it enters the mouth. Medium carbonation level. Nicely balanced. The smoke character is quite restrained, but balances the soft roasted malts. Very soft flavours, and very drinkable hadn’t it been for the alcohol content.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Draft @ Blind tiger - I was pretty upset that CL was out of this one during my visit, but this definitely makes up for it. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of soft chocolate, a bit of cream and smoke. Taste is very sweet with chocolate-candy tastes, a bit of smoke with roasty-sweet malts. Not as "smoky" as expected, but a solid overall porter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Nearly black ruby. Nose is cocoa, roasted marshmallow, some dusty fruit. Flavor is dry cocoa, more marshmallow, a hint of toffee/caramel. Cocoa & slight coffee in the finish. A wonderful porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
on tap at the blind tiger, nyc. blakc bdy, tall super pillowy light brown head that was overflowing. aroma is molasses, a bit smoky, root beer, and roasted malt. flavor is molasses, chocolate roasted malt, faintly smoky, and also more root beer. finish gets a little bitter dry and slightly hoppy. aftertaste has some bitterness and dry baking chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Growler. Pours a very dark cola color; fluffy light-tan head with good retention and lacing. Roasted malts and dark chocolate in the aroma; some smoked meats. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pleasant smokiness upfront, with a full milk-chocolaty porter profile behind it; lively carbonation; there’s a touch of citrus bitterness in there as well, adding an edge to the prominent roasted character. The smoke on this is relaxed enough that my wife actually liked this (it’s small and well-integrated); I could personally go for a bit more. Medium, roasted malt and milk chocolate finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Draft at CL 1st Anniversary Party. Poured a deep dark brown, practically black with a light brown head. Aroma and flavor were spot on for this one, chocolate, roasted malt, hint of smoke, and an overall sweetness that made me want another. Fantastic beer.


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