tennisjoel (1227) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark black with an average cocoa head. Not a lot of smoke noticed in the aroma. That is okay with me as I prefer the smokiness to be more subtle as opposed to dominant. Lots of chocolate with faint smoke notes. Creamy smooth palate. Rich beer and not like I expected. A nice treat. My kind of smoked beer. Another winner from Dark Horse, which is quickly moving into my top tier of breweries around.
jsquire (3750) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a thin brown head. Smoke, chocolate and molasses all in the deep, silky nose. Nice full bodied beer. Lots of bitter chocolate, burnt toast, molasses, clean wood smoke, and alcohol. Not greasey like some smoked beers. Really a well blended, well balanced treat.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hophead75 for sharing. Pours a deep charcoal black- almsot opaque just like thier other stouts- head is thin. Aroma is toasty- tons of chocolate malt and the smoke is noticed but not intense. Flavor has a bit more smoke, but the chocolate malts dominate- has some licorice, and almost an oily feel and a smooth finish. Great stout as expected from DH.
sunevdj (3491) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flossmoor tasting. Pours Black with a brown head. Sweet with some druness. Some smoke aromas. Also roasteed malts and dark chocolate. Finish is dry and a bit sour with a hint of resin.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Stine. Black in color with a small light brown head. Aroma is very nice- chocolate, moderate roast/coffee, some hints of smoke. Taste is roasty with chocolate, moderately sweet, with a nice smooth body. Some hints of smoke in the finish, but I wouldíve liked more personally. Overall a very good stout. Thanks Eben.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was afraid this was going to remind me of cocktail weenies, but thankfully itís not entirely true to style. On tap@ Dark Horse 12/30/07. Poured a dark, dark brown with a tan head, releasing notes of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor reminds me of smoked chocolate, and not smoked meat which is why I finished this beer and enjoyed it.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stine - thanks! Dark, blackish color wiht a nice looking tan head. Aroma has a nice mix of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and cream. Flavor is roasty, smoky and chocked full o dark chocolate. Nice body and a thick finish. Good - but not really a smoked. Just call it a good stout and be satisfied.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
By the bottle that was purchased at the breery. Smoke a bit strong, but well mixed in with the dark malts.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Tytoanderso for this bottle. Yep, thatís a smoked stout. Lots of layers of greasy smoky malt. Thereís a little bit of bittersweet cocoa underneath, but itís pretty much overpowered. Some raisin and cherry in there too. Seems to be a nice complex stout with a ton of smoke on top, which mutes some of the flavors underneath. On the flip side, the smoke fits in with the rest of the malt profile perfectly. It also builds an essentially perfect mouthfeel that is slick and smooth, but rich and dense. Really no hops or bitterness to speak of which doesnít lose it any points, but disappoints me slightly, as Iím on a pretty big hop kick at the moment. Iím slowly getting more and more into smoked beers, and this is a really nice one. Very well crafted. This is the kind of beer I wouldnít often think to buy a sixer of, but if I saw it on draft and was in the right mood, I would definitely order and enjoy the hell out of it.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, no freshness/bottling date, sampled in a pint glass. I checked a couple of other beer websites today and they listed the ABV as 8%. The Dark Horse site lacked this info.
L: Opaque blackish brown with a bubbly topped, creamy tan chocolate head the slowly dissipated into a thin sudsy layer. Like all the stouts Iíve tried in the Holiday Stout series, this has an appetizing, taste inducing appearance.
S: Right off the bat, a nice aromatic aroma of smoked peat, whiskey-like, followed by dark chocolate cake with a trace of vanilla icing. In the background is a light char scent, the slightest of dark fruits smells and freshly grounded espresso beans. The alcohol is a barely noticeable mix of peat and fruity esters.
F&T: The medium body, while pleasantly smooth, would benefit from more carbonation. The moderate carbonation gives this a skimpy creaminess, plus I feel that it holds back the malty chewiness and flavor. I would also like a bit more firmness in the mouthfeel too. The smoky peat malt is much more subtle in the taste than in aroma, becoming more charred tasting as you reach the end. In the middle milky chocolate and a mild fruitiness emerges, lending some sweet softness to the overall taste. Finishes on a burnt coffee note, like a coffee pot that has been on the burner for too long.
A decent American stout, but my least favorite in the series, just not as bold tasting as the other offerings. Still, I would recommend that any dark stout fan give this a try just to compare it to the other stouts in the series from Dark Horse, a mid-Michigan brewery known for quality beer.