apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head at all - it looks like motor oil or liquid tar. It sure is smokey in the aroma, as promised by the type of beer it claims to be, but there’s no complexity here. Some chocolate notes complimenting the smoke in the flavor - brown sugar and vanilla - a sweet, pleasant earthiness too. Its true, that smoked beers are not my favorites typically, but this is very nice nonetheless. Chewy mouthfeel. Pleasant, roasty finish.
notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Ughsmash (thanks, Jason!) - very viscous, opaque pour, with only a little light getting in around the edges of the top of the glass - no head to speak of - I hesitate to call the aroma smokey - it’s more like the roasted qualities of the stout are simply amplified - some dark fruit (black cherry, plum), port and black coffee in the aroma as well - the body is actually rather light, considering how thick the pour seemed - semi-sweet, with a baker’s chocolate quality - moderate bitterness - some sweet stout flavors that are nearly overpowered by smoke, wood, tobacco and leather - it all comes together nicely near the end though, leaving a lingering dry, smokey flavor - I only wish this had more body to it.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a thick black with a ring of tan bubbles. Aroma of roasty malts, charred wood, some coffee, figs and raisins--though not really sweet. The char isn’t as strong as it is in most smoked beers. The smoky char comes through more in the flavor, as well as the addition of some molasses with an ashy chalky semidry finish. Low bitterness seems to come from the roast. Medium bodied with almost no carbonation at all. Pretty good, but nothing phenomenal, either.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black color w/ a light brown thin head that quickly dissapates and some decent lacing. Big roasty malt aroma lots of coffees some light chocolates very dry not much smoke to the aroma although a little bit more comes out when the beer warms up. Palate is nice, full bodied lightly creamy good coating. Flavor is quite chocolaty some light roast coffees and a light lactose almost sour touch to it but not the kind of sour you associate with spoiling. The smokiness comes through very lightly like drinking a chocolate stout near ribs on a bbq. This is some great stuff probably the best smoked beer i’ve ever had.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee, smoke, malt, caramel, berries, coco, and some hops. Tastes the same but with caramel/toffee and a light sourness and bitter at the end. Still a great stout! Thanks Brewblackhole!
Dogbrick (7145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a growler: Pours a flat black color with a medium thick and foamy brown head. Sticky patches of lacing. Strong and smoky roasted malt and coffee aroma. The body is rich and smooth and the smoky character is consistent but not overbearing. Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee flavors mesh very well. The finish is dry and smoky with a fair amount of hops peeking through. Not really anything to complain about with this one.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick and oily very dark brown-black, with a brief cap of tan foam that quickly turns into a sparse ring. A little foam clings to the sides of the glass after each sip, but then slides back into the beer in oily sheets. Amazing bold mocha java aroma, slightly smoky, slightly fruity, with lots of molasses.
More bitter flavor than the aroma would indicate - heavier on the bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, and husky grain. No trace of the fruit or molasses from the aroma. Dry bitter woodsmoke and charred oak throughout. All of these plus hash oil in the aftertaste.
Frickin’ hash oil of all things!
Mild carbonation, warming alcohol presence, but no alcohol flavors.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle . Thansk to Styles. Poured a deep black like oil. Aroma of coffe and smoke is very present. The taste is of coffe and the smoke taste makes me think like I just bit into a smoked briskit.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ford9719. Heavy smells of oak, smoke, malt, and chocholate. Creamy taste, with a strong smokey flavor, Pretty nice. Pretty easy drinkin, a little light bodied for a stout, but okay.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma was similar to Bamburg beechwood, totally dominated the aroma, no head(?), smooth mouthfeel(or was it flat) smokey malt and nut,with a coffee bean aftertaste,thin texture,almost a wateriness to it. Loved the smoke,but this needs more body