bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark brown color, pretty much opaque unless you shine a bright light past it -- and if you do, there’s a slight red tint deep in the dark brown color. thick healthy off white, light tan head. a rich malty/smokey and roasty aroma, with some yeast esters coming through. very nice balance of smoke flavor with roast malt flavor, and some bitterness sneaking out. there’s a slight tang in the finish, leading to a pleasant, not-too-assertive smoke malt flavor mellowing in the aftertaste.
jkwood04 (3255) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle in a bulb. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of smoked malts, some roasted and light coffee notes, hints of fruits, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same with the smoked malts dominating all else. Average texture. A decent beer.
ReggieDunlap (2897) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours brown with a huge tan head...nice lacing and retention. aroma is lightly smoked. flavor has tootsie roll and smoky band aid...meh. mouthfeel is light and the finish is boring smokiness. i hoped for more from this.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blue Smoke at JFK. Dark pour with deep reddish highlights. Big foamy head. Smokey and chocolate. Delicious.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Big smokey aroma mixed with chocolate and some nutty notes. Flavor has a lot of smoke at the start with some dark fruits and tobacco mixed in. Smokey finish with a very light hint of dark fruits under all the smoke.
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate dark malt aroma with a light amount of smoke. It don’t have that over powering smoke flavor. Black color with a large tan head. Light chalky malt flavor in the beginning that fades in the end. Light bitter smoke in the finish.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is smoked/nutty malts and a strong hint of tobacco. The flavor is smoked malts, dark fruit, a hint of tobacco and long and acidic/sourish finish.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of BlackIPA. Thanks again, Shawn. Probably the bottle he sent I was most excited for. Pours a darker blackish brown hue, good deep dark middle with nice glowing ruby edges and bottom. A cakey brownish head atop stays firm and larger, sticks around and laces well. Pretty beer. Aromas offer bits of cocoa, pretzels, and biscuits. Some dry toastiness, mellow yet growing smokey malts, campfire and roasted malts. Some toasty biscuits, a gentle carmelization but not really sweet. Warmth brings a bit more decent campfire and cherrywood smoke. Initial is medium bodied, a firm wash over the palate. The front is a bit hoppy, dry, roasty. Some soda bread and dry elements. Not heavy, some good carbonation, a touch of cocoa presses on. Some toastiness, biscuits, mellow meaty and faint peaty smoke as we move on. Cocoa, some toffee, not sweet, a creamy body in the middle a bit besides that smokey life. Backend is more cocoa, faint red fruit, more dryness, a bit roasty, firm toast. Mellow campfire, almost more of an earthy, ashy smoke. Faint cherrywood sweeter smoke. Still a nice body without being overbearing, the finish shows. More cocoa, some toastiness, pretzels and biscuit. Almost a milk chocolate feel at times, especially as we move back. The smoke element is decent, more a compliment instead of the focus. As a Smokehead, I’d prefer a firmer element in this one. As it warms, it does become a bit more prominent in the backend and finish and lingers which wins a point from me. But overall it’s a well constructed, approached beer with some good flavors and quite drinkable in my opinion. Nice.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/13/13. Weird shaped not small not big bottle from my boi BlackIPA! Deep brown almost black pour with a small tan head. Light but definite smoke on the aroma, salty ham and barbecue, with a touch of roasted malts. Sweet malty flavor, caramel, coffee, etc., with more of that definite smoked malt, but far from overwhelming... well balanced and tasty. Thanks, bro!
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle. Pours a translucent brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is smoked meat and roasted malt. Sweet and smoky. Really nice.