BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottle thanks to miketd, thanks man! Poured a thick black color with a thin tan head that receded to a ring. Aroma of smoked malt, chocolate, roast, and a hint of coffee. Sweet entry with hints of chocolate, molasses, and a hint of woody vanilla that transitions into a moderate roasted coffee flavor ending with a nice smoked malt presence. Smooth on the palate. Overall, better than I expected, and a fine offering from DH.
HonkeyBra (3902) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours DARK, really really dark, with a reddish-tan head. A lot of smoke in the nose, some chocolate. Taste is fantastic. Rich, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, and a smokey finish. Thick luxurious mouthfeel. I picked this up kind of as an impulse buy as it was next to the register, but it turned out to be the best beer I bought that night.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle into pint glass. One of the best looking pours I have ever seen - a black oil pour with a great dark brown head - thicker pour than expected. The aroma is very chocolaty - dark milk chocolate - with a vanilla backbone and a coffee finish. Aroma is very full and rich with a complexity of subtle aromas that linger between these. While the aroma is dominated by chocolate, the flavor is dominated by roasted specialty malt and coffee characteristics. Bitter dry hops on the finish that work well with the bitter coffee notes. Medium to full bodied on the palate and decently coating; smooth with very subtle carbonation. Overall: this brew took me a bit by surprise; it is unbelievably good, but a bit confused. I am not getting much smoke and would definitely characterize this as an Imperial Stout and not as "A Smoked." Either way it is a must try.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown near black with a small bubbly espresso colored head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, roast and hints of smoke, wood and coffee beans.
Sweet upfront taste, molasses and chocolate with notes of roast and a slight coffee finish. Not really sure where the smoke is? Like a smoother less complex version of expedition stout. Quick bitter finish. Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth body with very subtle carbonation. Yum, super easy drinking.
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in colour, thin but lingering tan coloured head, some light lacing. The aroma is lightly roasty, good amounts of smoke, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavour is lightly smoky, some sweetness, very malty, good roast, more dark chocolate. Lightly sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes a little thin, smoky.
While there is good amounts of smoke throughout this beer, its seems to be lacking in body. No noticable alcohol.
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with HogTownHarry, thanks Harry.
Opened on February 22, 2008
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours one of the blackest colors I’ve ever seen in any stout, absolute pitch black with a medium sized dark brown, bubbly head. Aroma is chocolatey, malted milk balls, fairly roasty but surprisingly not that smoky. When I look for the smoke I can find it but if I didn’t know this was a smoked stout it wouldn’t have jumped out at me in the aroma. Flavor is chocolatey, pretty much just chocolate actually. It’s nice and good and leads to a chocolatey finish. Not much smoke detected in the flavor either. Surprisingly dry, certainly dryer than I expected it to be. For my tastes it could use a bit more viscosity or creaminess. Searching for the smoke I do find a bit of a BBQ flavor but it is certainly subtle, just like the aroma. Overall this is a quality stout.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Dan Journal #201. Tasted 7/10/08. 12oz bottle. Pitch hue with a khaki head. Oatmeal and fudge aromas. Hints of dark chocolate and a touch smokey. Full bodied with a slight cherry, berry estery malt character. Good roast with hints of dark chocolate and moderate smokey flavor.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. pours dark velvet black with brown small head. aroma consists of dark caramel roasty malt sublte smoke. Starts toffee sweet, with dark chocolate, brown sugar. some warming from alcohol.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, toasty, smoky, roast, caramel, and some alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, malty, roast, caramel, and a sweet brown sugar finish.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours like an extremely opaque black motor oil. The dark tan head, with hints of burgundy, is a bit course. The aroma is very smoky with strong tinges of a tart, tanginess. The fruit aroma is like a mix of a kiwi tart and a plum and pomegranate tanginess. It has a medium weight in the mouth with some decent carbonation. The flavour starts with a round dark fruit flavour (leaning more towards pomegranate). The smokiness then quickly overpowers the citrus. Hints of a brown sugary sweetness mellows out the medium bitterness. Towards the finish, dark fruit and soy sauce-like flavours are apparent behind the intensely dominant meaty smokiness. This is so incredibly smoky. It’s like drinking meat.