joshwoodward (567) - - MAY 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bomber. This is so good. Big, but balanced. Excellent smoke flavor, delicious.
Stuedmaster (268) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber, best by date is 4-29-14, poured into a shaker. Dark brown pour with a ruby red hue when held to the light, small beige head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of campfire, oak, cherry, chocolate, and peat. This stuff is seriously smoky but is actually pretty well balanced in the flavor. Mostly sweet flavors of brown sugar with little bitterness, and lots of smoke and peat, like a speyside whiskey. This is very good with creamy havarti and multigrain crisp bread. Not as rich as I thought it would be and the alcohol is well hidden, doesnít seem like an imperial strength ale, but still very nice and easy to drink.
superspak (2910) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, roast, wood smoke, peat, herbal, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor robustness and solid complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with a nice smoke flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial smoked porter. Good balance/robustness and solid complexity of dark, roast, and smoked malt flavors with light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
wchesser (1267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly reddish brown, a bit thin. Sweet wood smoke nose. Nice fruit tree like woodsmoke (cherry, apple) and maybe some spicy mesquite. Sweeter than most smoked porters, which worked well to keep this from being too astringent and one-trick. Liked this more than I expected but I really canít do smoked beers without food.
Atom (1485) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at red cow, pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Campfire and smoke peat aroma, meaty with some oat. Taste similar to aroma, smokey and meaty with an underlying sweetness. Not bad.
Concealer (852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head, lasting on the side and some lacing. Aromas of smoke, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate.Flavor is caramel, chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, and some earthy grain notes. Medium bodied.
jake65 (2742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, picked up at Captain Jacks in Bismarck. Chestnut brown in color, sort of muddy and topped with a light beige head. Nose is smoky, more smoke that anything else. Faint chocolate. In the first half of the bottle I picked up more smoke than chocolate, but there is a role reversal as it warms. A bit of floral hops too. Pretty smoky, but approachable. Itís a sweeter, campfire type smoke; not the burnt bbq kind of smoke that gets harsh. I had no problem polishing this off with dinner and quite honestly could see putting down 2-3 pints over pizza with good company. For me, thatís not always the case with a smoked brew.
zoucrew102 (659) - - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Good smoky aroma with hints of sugary sweetness and dark fruit. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and very little lacing. Starts sweet with brown sugar and dark fruit. Finishes smooth with a good but of peaty smoke that lingers on the palate. Nice, well balanced smoked porter.
Narnad (1476) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown topped with a modes, fast fading tan head. Arom has a lot of smoked peat and burnt wood notes. Light notes of caramel malt help to cut through some of the smokiness. Aroma has some deep scotch notes to it. Flavor begins with a modest creamy malt sweetness with toasted malt notes combining with light chocolate and anise. Slowly the flavors transition to a deep smokey peat presence with some light cigar tobacco flavors. body is hefty with a light sticky feeling and some alcohol presence. Overall a well crafted beer. The smoke holds its own within the beer but doesnít dominate the nose or flavor. Very tasty beer!
Sarlacc83 (1014) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Purchased awhile ago.
A: Mahogany with a fluffy creme colored head. Nice legs.
N: Peat moss, campfire, char, cocoa, vanilla, iron.
T: Very smokey and bitter. Some sweetness.
M: Medium-heavy. Slides around pretty well. Alcoholís hidden.
O: A good porter, though itís not quite the body to be labled an imperial, in my opinion. Alcoholís there, but itís not as thick as it could be. And since itís heavy on the Islay elements, I canít imagine a non-Scotch lover enjoying this overmuch. I appreciate it, but itís not mind-blowing either.