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Choc Brewmasters Signature Michael Lalli/Jeff Swearengin Smoked Porter

Choc Brewmasters Signature Michael Lalli/Jeff Swearengin Smoked Porter
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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From Brew at Choc’s Home 2010 Winner Jeff Swearengin.

We’re proud to brew Smoked Porter, winner of Brew at Choc’s Home 2010. Jeff’s original brew was chosen not only because of the outstanding quality and complex flavors but also for his creativity and ambition. These are two defining qualities of our Signature Series. We took great care to recreate Jeff’s recipe. So enjoy this beer, keep brewing, and look forward to Brew at Choc’s Home 2011.
Cheers,
Michael Lalli.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 10, ’12. From 22 ounce bomber into a Spiegelau tulip. A: SMOKIEST BEER EVER! Some chocolate and roasted notes present. A: Poured dark brown with a nice tannish cap, some bubbles and light lacing. T: Follows the nose, faintly stronger chocolate notes, and a light bitterness in the finish. Pleasant, albeit strong, smoke flavors are there throughout, but not overpowering. P: Medium body and moderate carbonation. O: Probably the best smoked porter I have had. Prior to this, the Alaskan smoked porter was the best, but I feel like this beer picks up where the Alaskan left off....

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 3, 2013
A - Pours pitch black. Completely opaque. 1.5 fingers of cola looking head. S - Roasted cedar plank, charcoal, heavily smoked pork, rich smoky malt, beef jerky cure, caramelized brown sugar. Deep savory aromas with notes of sweetness. T - Dry up front with a hint of smoky sweetness following. Tangy and salty ham character. Some roasted dark fruit builds on top of a rich and earthy smokiness. Burnt toffee holds strong through the bold smoke. Toasted brown bread rounds it off. The finish makes me think of what campfire clothes would taste like. M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Wow. It took me back to camping out in the woods. Lots of complex layers here. The smoke was in full force but not overpowering. Everything seemed to fit in its flavor puzzle. Perfect for the 2011 snowpocalypse. Serving type: bottle 02-09-2011

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours an opaque black with burnt chestnut edges. Fizzy tan head, nose is rough on the edges. Raw rauch malt and dark fruit prune/fig. Light alcohol and yeasty notes. Medium body and dry finish. One dimensional and messy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, sod, peat, smoke, chimney, chocolate malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120422]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! A: The beer appears a dark brown shade, with a small tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the tulip glass. S: The aroma is of malt and smoke with a light roast character. T: The flavor follows the scent, with the addition of chocolates, and a light bitterness in the finish. Pleasant smoke flavors are there throughout, but not overpowering. M: The feel is on the thin side, too much so for my liking. D: Overall, this was a decent beer and one I would have again, though not in the same category as Alaskan Smoked Porter. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-06-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
22oz bottle at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is bigger smoked malts up front with a good amount of peat. Solid chocolate sweetness to balance with some roasts, earth, some meatiness, and a light woodiness. Flavor is similar. Smoke and peat up front with some wood and a nice dark chocolate. Woodiness comes out a bit more in the middle with some earth and roasts before finishing dry and moderately bitter with a good amount of smoked peat, wood, and a nice chocolate touch. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid smoked porter. Lots of smoke and more peat than most with a nice, dry woodiness and a balancing chocolate. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Midtown Liquors in Tulsa. Pours a dark, opaque coffee brown with a small beige head. Aroma of smoked malts, a lot of bacon and smoked pork, oak, chocolate, and peat. The flavor is the same- smoky, porky, earthy, and roasty. The body is medium, with a medium amount of drying carbonation. Wow, impressive smoked beer. I did not have high expectations for a smoked beer I bought two years ago in Tulsa but it is drinking great!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1214) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet glass. Black color, pours like oil with a thickness to it. A thin but dense tan head formed. Smell: Rich roasted malt, campfire smoke and slight cocoa. A really pleasing smell. Taste: Smoke and a little bitterness. Good flavor, but not as good as the smell. Creamy, soft. Low carbonation and medium body. Just about a perfect fit. Probably the best smoked porter I have had. The smell and texture of this beer really carry it. A little more out of the flavor and it would be pretty much perfect.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 3/22/11. Poured this into a pint glass. Pours an uninviting black with just a thin sheet of tan-colored lace on top. A little disappointed there’s not more head to channel out the smokiness. Ah well. The nose is still indeed smoky, with notes of bacon grease, ham, and then the "porterness" pulls through with roasted malts, and a bit of coffee. Very nice. The mouth is stellar for the style. Moderately-full, not too heavy, but far from thin. I like it. Now this beer backs up what it claims: this is smoky. I dig it. I’ve had some of the style where the smoke is a phantom, but here, the smoke comes out full force. Still, mild cocoa notes and hints of sweetness make there way through as well, but the smoke is for sure the main player. This isn’t a style for everyone, but I enjoy this flavor at times, and this beer delivers. Thanks again, Chris!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
In bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. OK.


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