presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
750ml bottle verey dark Fair brown head. Dark smoke or burnt aroma with some sharpness to the back end. First sip was shocking and I am not sure if I will finish the glass much less the bottle. Second big mouthful and I tell myself that this is smoke and good and then my tongue asks what the sourness, sharpness and disagreeable finish is to which my throught squeezes with assent. Perhaps it is off but I find too much of an off bitterness that now also tastes burnt to really enjoy.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to alex for sharing... Pours a tootsie roll deep brown, lesser intense at the edges and topped with a light wispy khaki head... Smoke, charry, cocoa, light in the paper, and peat to go along with the aformentioned... Fluffy mouthfeel with a peaty charred oaky chocolate flavor profile. Smooth and easy going without being overbearing. Tasty.
sixtyneedles (27) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Home
Pitch black with a large frothy light brown head the aromas of roasted malts and smokiness attack you even before you put your nose over the glass once you get there your welcomely surprised by a sweet alcoholic smell that blends excellently with the rest of the aromas and adds a hint of chocolate in the mix now the flavor is dominated with roasted malts and smoke, heavy on the biter side but ends sweet leaving you with a light spicy aftertaste carbonation is soft body is full texture is creamy excellent brew!
marcus (8294) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with an attractive tan head and a smoked treacle aroma. There is a heavy smoked malt flavor with chocolate and dark molasses. A lot smokier than I expected, but still pretty tasty.
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from marcus. Has a black color with almost no head. Has a chared ash tray flavor. Smokey.
pintbypint (3150) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml brown bottle, corked. 7 Dec 2011. Deep brown pour, almost black but some ruby showing through. Seems clear, but hard to tell. Deep tan head, small in size but creamy. Smoky nose, peat, light bacony note, roast, dark chocolate. In the mouth the beer is smoky with liquid dark chocolate behind it, earthy. Finishes drier, smoky and roasty, peat and hops attack the throat after swallowing. Not as heavy or thick in body than I was expecting, carbonation is lively and propels everything across the tounge in the right way. Alcohol is not perceptible to me, I’m sure it will hit me later, but this is very easy to drink. Luxurious.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love this brewery. They don’t play it safe and this beer is quite extreme. Initially the foamy brown head releases the strongest smoke aroma I’ve ever experienced. Reminded me of a smoked eel that my local fish store stocked last summer that would take over my fridge despite the layers of plastic. But the nose and taste settled down and it became quite drinkable. Can’t say I really enjoy it and wouldn’t go out of my way to try it again.
mjs (5789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l - bottled 7 Dec 2011, at William K Kurvi, 20120424) The beer poured pitch black. Its head was quite large, light brown and long lasting. Aroma had smoke, peat and roasted malts. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, smoke, peat, hops, coffee, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty, ashy, peaty, smoky and bitter. Nice peaty imperial stout with a bit too burnt finish.
PhillyCraft (4763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with James, explosive pour, plum black color, huge light brown head. Lots of uniform tiny bubbles in the head, awesome brown lacing. Aromas of peat, chocolate, smoked nuts, braised meat. Taste is roasty and filled with peat, wood, cocoa, charred grain, and dark fruits. Very well balanced stout. I usually dont care for this style, but this one was excellent.
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Bottle Courtesy of Vinny. Pours a deep brownish black with perfect carbonated head. Aroma is smoked meat over wood, sweet peat, chocolate and smoked malts. mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with notes of chocolate, wood, smoked meat, bacon, pepper and light hops.