manutd5 (3) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Holy smoke is one of the most unique beers I’ve had and it’s local to boot! It’s a nice, heavy ale with such a unique smokey flavor. It’s not a beer to have too many of. But 2-3 of them to sip on and savour can’t be beat!
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap from Volo. poured a dark, roast color. Strong bacon and fire aromas (im not lying). the best way to describe this beer is passing out drunk by a campfire and waking up to taste the shirt you passed out in.
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The finale of the Volo sampler trifecta from September 14, 2006. Again, a 5 oz sample on tap. The beer poured a dark chocolate brown with an almost non existent head although in all fairness I was so excited for the other two beer that I didn’t pay as much attention to the third pour as I should have… That being said, there was still a crisp thin white head sitting just on top. The first impression of the scent is a pound of freshly cooking smoked bacon (mmmmm….. bacon…..) (but I digress). There is a smooth silky mouth feel that envelopes your tongue like a nice winter scarf. Overall it is like eating a pound of bacon and then drinking out of an ash tray (only without the overwhelmingly negative connotations)
silentsam33 (4) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark amber colour that starts off with a nice roasted bitterness with a peaty lingering finish. Definately not for everyone, but a must try for dark beer lovers. Had it at the Bow and Arrow in Toronto.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap - BeerBistro Toronto. Wonderful black beer with good smokiness and roastiness. Seems to be a smoked porter which is fast becoming one of my favourite styles. Very good drinkable beer.
davidm (1938) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Volo. Great beer. Aromas of cola, bacon, smoke, and copper. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with no head.
Listigovers (364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is right up my alley. Smells like an Islay single malt. Pure black with a lingering tan head. Very smoky and peated. Lingering smoke. Crisp palate but thin bodied... really its only downfall. A must drink for scotch fans.
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown from bottle with a thick cafe au lait coloured head that diminishes to a thin surface film rather quickly, leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is smokey, like a chipotle pepper leather, wood and cocoa with a bit of underlying treacle. Mouth feel is medium bodied with little carbonation. Taste is sweet toasty malts up front with a long smoky and cocoa finish. This is not something I would want to drink every day, but it is an interesting and tasty change from the ordinary.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 341 ml bottle - pours a dark clear mahogany with a decent white head. Aroma kind of faint but mainly sweet malt and some smoke of course, along with a subtle sourness. I wasn’t expecting much, but the flavour is quite lovely - not like other smoked beers I’ve had that hit you over the head with their smoked meat flavours, this one is very clean and bears the stamp of actual wood smoke - hickory and peat - an earthiness under a rich malty body. Full-flavoured, delicious and highly quaffable for a smoked. Would be fantastic in autumn.
Metalchopz (2397) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally rated December 2004. Sampled at Vineyards in Ottawa. Poured a very dark red colour and had some lacing. The aromas were roasted and very intriguing. Hard to find the right scent. Some dried raisins and other fruits. Taste was smoked and bitter with a medium-full mouthfeel.