sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Brazen Head. Both aroma and flavor incorporate chocolate and dark roast coffee malts with dried fruit notes (prunes, cherries). There is some smokiness noticeable, but not enough to offend those who might be put off by rauchbiers. The smoky malts provide more of a ’seasoning’ to the sweeter malts. Overall another nice offering by CL.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours an almost black with a long lasting off-white head with nice lacing. Nose is smoked coffee. Flavor is coffee, smoke notes do not much match the anticipation brought on by the nose. Sprinkle of shaved chocolate on this one. This beer is pretty flat. It does not take your taste buds on a journey, but they remain local throughout. Overall, thin body and not much going on.
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Did this side by side with the Smoke from the Oak.
Black body with thin head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is a little thin. Had a nice vanilla, oaky taste to it. Easy on the palate. Very enjoyable.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head that slowly fades out to a mild floating cap of foam.
Smell is of cocoa, smoked meat, roasted nuts, beef jerky, caramel, along with some freshly frothed cream.
Taste is lightly tart but substantiated with notes of beef jerky, cocoa, caramel, and nuts.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a caramel smoothness fading into a moderately dry finish.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown color iwth a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of lighter smoke, roast, and chocolate. The smoke was not overpowering and added a nice spin on the aroma. Tastes of chocolate, roast, vanilla creme, and a trace of smoke. Body on the thin side. DIdn’t knock my socks off but was still enjoyable.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler. Pours a deep dark brown with a smaller tan bubbly head. Aroma of chocolate, some smoke, toasty malts, nuts and some fruitiness. Flavor of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of smoke, some cocoa and on the dry side.
kramer (4554) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz handbottle, via Dickinsonbeer. Pours a clear dark brown body under a moderate foamy brown head that faded to a whispy film. Aroma is a nice balance between the chocolate malt and the smoke. A little light roast and smoked meat as well. Flavor is certainly more Porter than Smoked, especially up front. Nicely roasty and chocolaty with some moderate bitterness. Finishes with some moderate campfire smokiness and more roast. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice soft fine carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. Overall, this was a nice beer. Glad for the chance to try this guy.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted smokey aroma on this black pour with a mocha head. The flavor is of coffee and roast, with a certain sweetness to it.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Molasses colored pour with a very thin light beige head. Looks just like maple syrup. Wonderful sugary and sweet molasses leads in the aroma. Also noted are chocolate, berries and smoke that is at a substantial level but totally complimentary to the rest of the nose, never interfering with my efforts to assess simple and light nuances. Sometimes I really enjoy the addition of a smooth and mellow smoke component, like what I get in Stone’s smoked porter. All this seems to meld together into one solid aroma. Sweet but not the least bit overdone, I like where this is going. Moderate smoke in the flavor, a level of which is akin to what you might sense in a less agressive Islay single malt. Also moderate hops, honey, orange and lemon on the back side. Bitter chocolate and medium roasted malt. Palate is medium and very soft, though never exciting. Smoke slowly builds to a signifigant level. Finishes medium dry and mildly bitter. A truly great porter, with a less than stellar climax. This brewery is on the top of my list in early 07.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Big thanks to Puzzl for sending this as a bonus. I farking love getting growlers. Maybe it’s because I can’t buy them in Florida, but growlers just seem special to me.
The aroma is lightly smokey with mild chocolate notes and more abundant coffee asspects. I’m very much not a smoked beer lover so if you are this may not be your beer (aroma wise) because it isn’t at all too smokey for me. It’s not the best smelling porter in the world either, but it’s not a BBQ pit.
The body is a ruddy dark brown and the head fades fairly quickly leaving a thin tan oil slick-looking head. The fore is smoked, but lightly so and then you get a fairly decent porter with chocolate, coffee, roast and a fairly robust alcohol level that while not glaring, braces the beer nicely. It’s actual somewhat subtle int he way the smoke accents the base flavor. It’s pretty well done in that regard, but then I don’t like snokey flavors so others may view it as lacking intesnity. I view it as fairly tasty and it has a solid mouthfeel, leaning more toward the thinner brown porter in thickness, but still maintaining an admirable creamy feel. Nice.