Brigadier (3000) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to malrubieus for sharing this during a small tasting. Having tried the Great Lakes version I can’t decide which is better. Neither is a stellar smoked porter. At the same time it holds your interest long enough that it is no drain pour. Ultimately though I would rather settle for an Abyss or hop driven Deschutes release instead.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid reddish black base fills the glass with warmth. Carbonated and lively, it is capped by an ivory head and decorated with sheer legs. Smoky like a ham curing in a Scottish barn this is a blend of bacon and peat. Chocolate lends a dry feel to an otherwise unremarkable aroma.
Flavor / Palate - Ham and peat are strong from the first taste. Ash floats along as the soft mouthfeel works its way to a dry finish. Overall an inoffensive beer this lacks any major flaws. By the same token it also lacks a wow factor. Instead what you get is a respectable beer which might be worth checking out for fans of either Deschutes or Great Lakes.
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, best by 4/29/14, 9.1% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head that sticked around a little while. There’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, roasted malt, butterscotch and some peat. It tastes like smoked malt, peat, coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit (plums). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a little creamy and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it’s a tasty brew, and would buy it again. Definitely worth trying at $6.99 a bottle.
EvanFriend (308) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes of chocolate and dried fruit. Smoke notes are present throughout, but not dominant. Ends with a burnt flavor. Good beer.
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with small dark beige head. Aroma of smoke, peat, malts and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, faint chocolate, slightly bitter, and smoky presence. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter smoky finish.
maxwelldeux (3688) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a smallish light tan head on it. Nose is very smokey, but in a richer way that reminds me a lot of the peatiness you get in older scotches. I can also get some subtler roasting and chocolate notes underneath. Taste is actually a little sweeter, and has some chocolate really coming through. Pretty smooth, too, and slightly warming. Really interesting.
60minuteman (787) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mildly sweet, somewhat bitter, lightly fruity, heavy on the malt, a touch of coffee and smoke all roasted together. Dark chocolate brown, soft off white heading. Oily texture.
edgallow (2190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber pours deep brown with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, smoke and chocolate. Taste is malts, chocolate and smoky.
crajun (974) - , Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle purch in CO drank in TX. best by date of 04/14. It is smoky - some smoked meat in aroma but as much smoke in taste as I have had; maybe too much. a little thin. ok beer
ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, vanilla and roasted malt smell. Bitter and earthy taste with smoke penetrating throughout. Caramel, coffee, and chocolate also come through in the taste. Light and silky mouthfeel, almost a syrupy coating. Not bad, not great, better than average but probably wouldn't buy another.
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JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle poured at the Deschutes tasting. Pours a near black with a beige head of foam. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and smoky. The taste has more of a roasty character, but there are nuances of some barbecue and burnt wood coming through at the back end, especially after the swallow. Big body, but for it being a smoked imperial porter, I think it’s a little thinner than I would like it to be. Medium carbonation.