stantheman (483) - British Columbia, - NOV 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at beer club. Didn’t get any head on my sample, so no notes on that. Nose is smoky of course, but other notes as well. Better on the nose than on the tongue.
reebtogi (3705) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger and a half of light brown head that leaves some pretty solid lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by smoke with hints of peat and chocolate. Taste is also dominated by smoke with some peat and a dark chocolate malt sweetness with some hints of dark fruits as well. Would have rated higher if the smoke was not so overpowering. Overall, not a bad brew.
DeanF (1621) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very modest dark brown head, very dark velvet-black body. Aroma is heavy smoke, shoe leather, peat, animal hair. Flavour is a heavy barley-peat mix with some citrus notes, orange rind. Dry finish. Not much to look at but it does deliver well in the flavour department - and I’m not a big fan of smoked beers!
vadie (374) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noir foncé avec très peu de mousse marron. Au début, quand il avait froid, j’ai trouvé un arôme claire de reglisse avec du chocolat et du café. Quand il a devenu plus chaud je pouvais sentir plus de fumée et j’ai trouvé que le reglisse était parti. Un goût de malt fumée, un peu comme du poisson blanc fumé, un peu de chocolat, et une finale légèr d’houblon.
gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Jet black with thin brown head - looks like the crema on espresso. Aroma is heavy smoke, roasted malts, and a bit medicinal. Taste is fairly one dimensional with heavy smoke characters and not too much else. A bit of cocoa on the nose and in the taste.
dfearnley (516) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to flute
Smoke, dark chocolate, fish oil aromas. Dark brown with a dark tan ring like head. Taste is smoky and malty with a tiny bit of bitterness.
Ferris (1209) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Smoke, iodine, and roasted malts with some dark fruit. Jet black and thin brown head. Smoky and some chocolate, but seems a bit thin and one dimensional. Not that great.
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice black toasted cappuccino head with a smokey chocolate, roasted character. Little off sour something there, gorgeous pour, man that is good. Served around 8 deg C from a 650ml bottle. Easy carbonation, easy bitterness, neither the driver here. Good body, smoked malt, somewhat peaty yet not cloying at all. Its good! ABV is 8.5%%, doesn’t taste like it. That’s a good beer.
GothGargoyle (818) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is smoke, bacon, soy sauce, leather, bbq sauce, smoked salmon. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel, somewhat sweet on the palate smokey finish. Taste is smoke, dates, chicory, brown sugar, soy sauce. Interesting but not compelling.
WheatKing (971) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is definitely smoky, but flavour is mostly sweet... we’re talking molasses sweet here, like a very thin Baltic Porter. Finish is sweet, a bit of wood, but doesn’t last long, my belches were clean. Too much of a thin/sweet combo to make this a "great" beer for me, but, hey, better than most beers out there.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Legacy Liquor Store, Vancouver
Dark color, almost black, with small head, frothy fizzy and quick. The aroma is vaguely similar to tempura dip (tentsuyu), some dark caramel and mild smoke. The mouthfeel is leaner than expected for its size; there is a quite strong flavor of dark caramel, nice but moderate smoke, peat, and an impression of tentsuyu; in the final there is some apparent sweetness. The bitterness level is quite low.
The mouthfeel, the fermentation and the head retention should be tuned, but the rest overall is very good.