GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown (almost black) with a small, chocolate-brown head. Aroma of dry cocoa, fresh ground espresso beans, charred malt and mild smoke. Medium bodied, very smooth. Fantastic flavour - the smoke is mild, but there’s enough to get noticed, and it melds well with the big roasty and chocolatey stout. Very nice.
JMerritt (1928) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with very chocolately-brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, mild-to-moderate smoke, and alcohol. Chocolate malt and lightly smokey flavor, moderately sweet. Mildly carbonated. I came looking for a smoked beer and was sadly disappointed in that regard, as the smoke characteristics take a far back seat to the chocolate malts, but the underlying stout is quite fantastic, and I ended up loving this beer for altogether different reasons than what I expected.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick, opaque espresso brown with very little head, just tan lacing. Aroma is definitely smoked and cocoa with roasted malts. Flavor is HEAVILY smoked malts and espresso. Body is medium and carbonation light. Dark horse made a strong smoked stout but did it well.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark dark. Brownish espresso head. Big malts, lots of milk chocolate. Also a bit of coffee and maybe a hint of smoke. Full bodied, thickness lingers on the palate, but not annoyingly so. Smooth. Just another in the line of fine brews from Dark Horse. Not disappointed by this one.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours very dark with almost no head. Aroma of molasses and smoked malt. Flavor of molasses, smoked malt and coffee. Very good.
tennisjoel (1322) - 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 (4096) - 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 (5074) - 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 (3889) - 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 would’ve liked more personally. Overall a very good stout. Thanks Eben.