NachlamSie (2752) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Bottle. Pours pretty darn black with a little bit of a brownish head. The nose is chocolatey with a bit of toffee and peat. Iím shocked to see 8% listed here. Dark Horse keeps surprising me with that kind of thing. The flavor is filled with chocolate, nuts, coffee and a finish like barbeque sauce. I donít get a lot of the meatiness or smokiness, it really is kind of tangy like a sauce, but even that is minimal. Iíd say this is a stout first, a smoked beer second.
[April 01, 2010]
Bottle from Marion Street Cheese Market. This is a pretty good example of a smoked stout. It is bold and roasty with plenty of meaty flavors to accompany the more typical notes of chocolate and coffee. I could use more smoke in this beer. Any campfire or bacon flavor is not super strong, more an accent to the malts.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours syrupy thick black with amber at the extremities and an orange- brown head. The aroma is very chocolatey with some hints of hickory and a little bit of espresso. The flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, woody hops. Some hickory notes come out toward the finish, though more like wood chips than the smoke. Some ash and charcoal in the aftertaste. Very drinkable.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanx to Ogglethorp for this.pours black and thick like 20weight. No head formed but still had carbonation on the tounge.Lots of chocolate and smoke aroma.Mouthfeel was silky.Flavors of smoke, coffee and chocolate, close to a liquid campfire.finish was a little warming but overall delicious.
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared graciously by Slob. Appearance was brown to black, clear brown (not reddish or mahoganey) edges, weak lacing, especially for a stout. The aroma was smokey, barbecue, burnt peat, even some light grassy notes. The flavor was burnt, smoke, choco-cocoa, peaty, grassy, very similar to a scottish ale with some ash in it. The mouthfeel was silky and oily. This one didnít win me over, but it was a neat experience and one that Iím yet again in-debted to my good tastiní bud, Bert. Thanks, Bert!
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep chocolate aromatic nose. Even the pour its self is black. Thin tan head, if you can call it that. This is some serious stout. A little chocolate up front. BIG long somewhat suripy toasted carmel and malted bitter ending. Nice warm lingering bitter aftertaste. Profile remains constant to the bottom of the glass. A serious stout for dark beer lovers.
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to solan for sending me this one. Pours a thick black body with a nice thin head. Aroma is of chocolate, malt, nutty. Flavor is of bitter chocolate, smokey malt taste. Sugary and slightly dry. Very smooth and the 8% is undetected. Nice brew, this one hit the spot.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botle from the pops. This shit definitely black. Small tan head that fades. aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke (but only cause I know it is supposed to be there). Flavor is full with light chocolate, coffee, hops, and a little more smoke than the nose, but still not overwhelming by any means. I like my smoke controlled. I smoke enough as it is. This is a very drinkable "smoked" beer. And I like that. It makes this style accesible.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
jayg picked up a 6er for me on a recent trip to the midwest, thanks Jay. Black. Brown edges. Small light brown layer of foam. Flavor and aroma of roasted malt, smoke, dark and milk chocolate. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Very good, very drinkable.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is roasted dark malts, chewy dark chocolate and a touch of ash. Pours black with a medium dark brown head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a nice smokey aftertaste. Palate is sticky and chewy. That touch of smoke makes it stand out in stoutland, but not much.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a thick opaque black color. Head was almost nonexistent. What bubbled up was a light brown color, but it didnít last very long and didnít leave any lace. Smelled very similar to the smoked turkey I put on my sandwiches. I also noted some malty molasses and a whiff of dark chocolate and watered down coffee. Slightly sweet on the tongue with a satisfying, thick stouty mouth feel. Carbonation was on the lighter side. The smoke is less pronounced in the flavor and gives way to a rich, chocolatey malt. There is a touch of roasty bitterness at the end accompanied by delicate acidity. Good stout.