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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This strong porter features a solid smoke presence, a rich malt character and a smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Additions of dark muscovado sugar, oats and wheat contribute to its complexity.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3000) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (308) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Tastes of chocolate and dried fruit. Smoke notes are present throughout, but not dominant. Ends with a burnt flavor. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3688) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (787) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
22 oz bomber pours deep brown with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, smoke and chocolate. Taste is malts, chocolate and smoky.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (974) - , Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
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.


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