JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A long life has treated this beer well, I had lots of it when it first came out last year, and I thought the flavors were much to sharp, and there was acidity from the roast malts that made it hard for me to drink. It has mellow. Opague black, no head. Flavor is roasted, coffee and a little smoke. Medium bodied stout, with a moderately dry finish. Well made, I will have to acquire a few more of this and lay them down for awhile.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black, motor oil pour. Very little head, in fact rather flat. Roasted aroma with slight smoke. Lots of bitter chocolate, smoked malts and espresso coffee in the flavor. Lingering firewood in the mouth. Not too smokey, but a tasty beer. Thanks Brad!
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black. The head consisted of a brown haze and a few little bubbles that stuck to the edge of the glass, needless to say it was mostly diminishing. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is a mix of coffee and the smell your clothes get after sitting around a campfire all night. Taste is initially burnt espresso and dark chocolate, hops make their presence known somewhere in the middle. Flavor is smokey throughout. This brew should only be drank at about 55 degrees F. The flavor improves immensely. The chocolate and coffee become more pronounced as the beer warms. Just enough sweetness comes though to balance the smoke and char. Finish is very long and leaves you with a bit of an ashy aftertaste. This beer is full bodied, syrupy and mouth coating.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Secret Santa Crosling for this one! Oily black pour, deep brown head barely broke the surface before dying off. Restrained roasty and smoked aroma. Flavor was initially deep roast, followed by an unrelenting attack of ash and char. Bizarre sensation of having a layer of soot left in my mouth after having swallowed. Interesting though. Smoked? How about burnt? As it warmed, the ashiness gave way a bit to a more traditional dark roast profile with a faint hint of espresso and perhaps even some fruitiness. Medium body. Not a bad beer, despite what this description sounds like.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my first smoked beer. Thanks silphuim. Pours dark black little brown head. smells of smoke and coffee. smooth drinking thin bodied beer.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First smoked beer, not very strong smoke in there though, but a delicious stout! Smoky, rich, bitter coffee. Seemed rather thick, like a lighter imperial. Go Dark Horse!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark black with wispy beige head. Aroma is all smoke and coffee. Flavor much the same with a long smoke aftertaste. A little thin/watery. Smoke is right next to coffee in my least favorite flavor. Sorry.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is heavily malty (coffee, burnt grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with a note of smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not bad, but not terribly exciting.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smoky aroma, opaque and very dark color. Smokiness remains in the flavor, joined by coffe and slight chocolate. Feels nice in the mouth. Good beer, not great.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours viscous, oily with no head. Nice aroma of cocoa, chocolate and a little smoke. Taste is rich with chocolate and smoke malts. Great smokey taste, pretty unique in that the finish is a hearty, campfire smokiness. Oily mouthfeel. Good stuff.