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 Stoneís 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 itís because I canít 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. Iím very much not a smoked beer lover so if you are this may not be your beer (aroma wise) because it isnít at all too smokey for me. Itís not the best smelling porter in the world either, but itís 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. Itís actual somewhat subtle int he way the smoke accents the base flavor. Itís pretty well done in that regard, but then I donít 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.
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: near black, solid lacing. Aroma is very roasted malts with light smoke. Roast, coffee, chocolate. Quite bitter from the malts alone. Medium bodied, not that exciting for a smoked beer.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured dark with ruby highlites with an off-white head. Aroma of some coffee and heavy smoke. Flavor has some acidity to it, a touch of coffee, and this overwhelming flavor of charred marshmellow. Smokiness doesnít seem balanced at all. Admittedly, Iím not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this is way over the top.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 In short: A nice and very hoppy grassy blonde Belgian Ale
How: >(Cask at Brazen Head) in nov 2006 (2.6/5) and tap at brewery dec 2007 (3.6/5)
The look: Black body with a medium tan head
In long: First pint on cask in 2006 had vegetable notes, ashes and even meaty notes. Obviously something went wrong with that cask because when I had it on tap at the brewery in dec 2007 this was a top-class Smoked Porter. Medium smoke on the nose. Nice flavourful roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Roastiness level is medium and leaves just enough room for light fruity notes and a distant Nutella hint. From my initial cask pint to the sample from the tap at the brewery this beer went from Lieutenant Lawrence Smoked Porter to Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter.
crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
opaque black body thin beige head. Aroma was a mix of sweet malts and a peatiness. Initally the flavor was sweet molassas and mocha notes and finished with a smoky character.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam scurries into the reddish blackness.
-Delicate roasted smoke rises from the chocolate blackberry purťe.
-Roastiness is stuck to the molasses, as a powdery character (yeast?) is felt underneath.
-The rich maltiness doesnít necessarily fit with the extremely low carbonation here, methinks.
What if you dig deeper?
-The smoke is never overwhelming, but rather a companion to the rest of the porter flavors.
-The finish is roasty, and is able to carry some of the fruity sweetness as well.
-I found this to be a decent, uneventful smoked porter; perhaps the cask was not its proper vessel.
On cask at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewtopia 10/21/06. Dark brown/nearly black. Aroma is chocolate, sweet malt. Taste is chocolate, light hop bitterness, very good porter, donít get too much smoke in the aroma or flavor though.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Deep herbal chocolate aroma. Flavor is mild, as well as the body with a light chocolatey flavor, and a light fruityness. Has a mild roasty finish.
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at dba. Dark brown/black beer, thick light brown head, sticky and lingering. Aroma is of dark malts, coffee and a bit of beech wood smoke as well. Roasty/charry aroma, some salty licorice aroma. Flavour is very charry/chewy. Dark licorice, salt, heavy roastiness and smokiness, but the smoke lies behind all of the the other roasty malt notes. Sweet and chewy with some light leathery notes as well. Dark bitter chocolate with a long dryish roasty finish. More stout than porter, but either way it a tasty pint.