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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam scurries into the reddish blackness.
-Delicate roasted smoke rises from the chocolate blackberry purée.
-Roastiness is stuck to the molasses, as a powdery character (yeast?) is felt underneath.
-The rich maltiness doesn’t 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Brewtopia 10/21/06. Dark brown/nearly black. Aroma is chocolate, sweet malt. Taste is chocolate, light hop bitterness, very good porter, don’t get too much smoke in the aroma or flavor though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2006
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (968) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2006
On tap at Mahars. Poured jet black with a nice thick brown head. Aroma was roasted and vinegar. Flavor also very sour and dry, with some smoikness, much like a good balsamic vinegar.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 A very nice porter, though I think one that shouldn’t bear the "smoked" label. The only smoke I noticed was a small touch in the flavor, and I probably wouldn’t have seen it if it weren’t marked as having such. Still a delicious brew, with a very rich chocolately palate and little hop bitterness. Reminds me a lot of Smuttynose Robust Porter. Extremely drinkable. A very solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
[draught] - a nice, full-bodied porter, with a subtle dry character and light smokey flavor that cuts the light chocolate sweetness, with a gentle woody quality that binds it all together - nice to see more brewers in the NY area, especially when they can make porters as good as this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Had this on tap at Spuytin Duyvil, Brooklyn. I was pretty impressed with the smoothless, the creaminess of this beer. Dark brown body, frothy, foamy white head. Quite sweet with strong lactose flavor. Some roastiness, a dose of cocoa. Barely smoked at all (which is good, IMHO). A decent porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2006
04.29.06 TAPNY While they weren’t the best beer sof the show, Captain Lawrence really knocked my socks off with a rockin lineup of very solid brews. This brewery was the pleasant surprise of the whole weekend, and this beer was the jewel. Right off the bat it’s clear from a sniff that this beer is headed in the right direction. Smoke abounds in an enticing tangle with chocolate-coffee roasted goodness and some background spice (anise) and ashtray.Flavor is full and coating with long lingering roast and smoke. I’m reminded again that smoked porter is my favorite style when done well. Body is creamy, full, sweet in its smokiness, and maybe lacking a finishing bite that would take this one to the next level for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Pours dark deep brown with a generous head (partly due to a malfunctioning kegerator that did not affect the taste). Smells of chocolate, light smoke and coffee. Tastes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, some spices and lightly smoky. Can’t wait to try the barrel aged version of this one.


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