bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, - MAY 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thx to The Knight. Pitch black with a small brown head. Nice and malty, roasted and quite smokey. Well balanced - great!
njager246 (314) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! I was very surprised by this, always feel like these are over smoked. This is fantastic... starts out with chocola then and almost end grease bbq! Nice
VsXsV (1896) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, peat, licorice, pumpernickel, wood, ash and smoke. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of licorice, chocolate, coffee, ash and smoke. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled December 23rd. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on March 24th. $2.19 single.
Appearance: Pitch black with a fizzy dark brown head that goes away quickly. No lacing. Pretty average.
Smell: Roasty and smokey with an almost caramel popcorn aroma. I really like it. Not as smokey as some other stouts I’ve had, but it’s there nicely.
Taste/feel: Hm. Alright. Well, I can say that it’s quite bitter, but not a good bitter. A burnt sort of bitter. I can’t really so much taste a burnt flavor, but the bitterness reminds me of... burnt. Not in a horrific, it-ruins-the-beer way, but I could do without it. The mouthfeel is more like a porter than a stout, as it feels relatively thin with a medium-to-high carbonation. The smoke flavor is in this beer like it is the aroma -- complimentary, but quite mild. In comparison, the smoke in this beer is a decent bit less significant than the blueberry was in Dark Horse’s Tres Blueberry Stout. There’s no "meatiness" that I love in a good smoked porter or stout, just a smoke and coffee flavor that combines to give an ashy vibe. As it warms, that "burnt bitterness" I was talking about goes in the backseat, and a sweetness comes through without accompanied flavors (dark fruits or whatever else).
All-in-all, my least favorite of One, Too, Tres, Fore, and Plead the Fifth if that counts. This would be a good one for people who like stouts, but not so much smokey ones. The smoke is in this beer, but not in a huge way like I guess I was hoping.
troyc (2200) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Pours a very dark brown color. Aroma is heavily smokey. Tastes is of burnt malts, charred wood, mild coffee and bitter chocolate. Dry and ashy finish. Slight alcoholic warming. Overall a good level of smoke is in here and the beer comes together pretty well. Tasting notes from 2/2014.
Nsanders (426) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Smokey peat, roasty malt, light chocolate and earthy aromas. Taste is malty sweet with earthy bitterness. Body is heavier with an oily feel. Nice amount of smokiness.
dinkle50 (900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with an espresso head, but not much of a head present. Smells like a campfire. Lots of roast. Bitter, full mouth. Lots of smoke and chocolate. Dry. Not too smokey to make this offensive.
scotchzombie (286) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich, oily black with a brown sugar head that fades to a corona. Aroma is chocolate malt. Taste is smoky malt with a stout chocolate flavor. Earthy with a real peat-smoke tone and aftertaste. A bit of a bitter linger. Good body and smooth in the mouth. Plenty of taste interest - do not fear the smoke.
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Chicago Beer Festival 2014. Black with a medium-sized khaki head. Aroma is of peat, roast, smoke, chocolate, and cocoa. Flavor is a bit sweeter - milk chocolate, licorice, light smoke.
Vells (542) - LATVIA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice roasted maltiness with not too pushy smoke combined with cute choco. Mostly sweet with light bittersweet finish. Pleasantly smooth. Nice brew
Melnis (94) - LATVIA - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gaļiņa gan :) Nav tad intesivakais, bet tapt nav mans stils. Lai gan kafija un zābako zole vairo paleti, tomer bez kaut kāda ēdiena nav ... Un pats galvenais, kas nepatik smoked- vins nesmarzo pec fresh smoked ham, bet gan peec smoke ham pirms nedeam 2 un staavejis uz palodzes.