wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have high expectations for this beer. i love smoke......i love stout.....i have loved all the other dark horse stouts.......so i should love this beer. just like the other stouts in this series it looks just like a stout should. thick black with a beautiful dark brown head. aroma heavy mocha ....creamy mocha nice stout aroma with a light funky hint of smoke. creamy balanced bittersweet mocha flavor with a hint of smoke. fantastic bittersweet smoked chocolate finish slightly acidic medium dry it almost has a meaty flavor. the finish is great. lightly smoked chocolate. just like the one and the too this is medium to full bodied with a nice silky smooth mouth feel. i would have given it a 5 with just a bit more weight. this beer didnt quite live up to my expectations but it is still fantastic. great subtle use of the smoke. not overbearing it just adds another layer to this beer. well done.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a good amount of chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma.Pours dark black with a medium tan head.Roasted malt really stands out in the flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a smooth chocolate finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color with thin, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is of chocolate smoke. The smoke aroma isnít strong and supports the roasted malt aromas. Palate is creamy and makes this a pleasure to drink. Subtle chocolate notes and mild smoky finish. Smoky velvet to drink.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to brewblackhole for this bottle--a really great trader! Light wood and smoked aroma comes form the black body with almost zero head. Thin palate for a smoked. Lightly roasted malt and just a hint of the smoked aspect. Weak in most aspects, but still enjoyable.
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 thereís 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 (4788) - 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 - itís 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 bakerís 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 (2690) - 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 isnít 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 (2537) - 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 iíve 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 (7627) - 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.