mfrato (110) - - JAN 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Very smokey smell, surprisingly mellow smoke test, very lingering. Great beer
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, smoke, campfire, nice chocolate and bacon like notes, hints of roast, coffee, some slight caramel, hints of a slight spice. Taste is a mix of caramel, roast, chocolate, mixing into coffee and campfire notes, slight bacon like notes, hints of earth, spice, slight nutty note, finishing fairly bitter. Not bad.
wilnatp (663) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Dry Dock on 1/14. Pour is dark brown/black. Aroma of a PDQ roller grill station - kind of faint cleaning chemical, gas, cooked meat, and old coffee grounds - and smoke. Taste was of smoke, toast, and a hint of nuts. Decent smoked porter; would go well with BBQ.
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned – gravity dispensed: Deep brown with chestnut hues. Off-tan head quickly fizzles into a wispy collar. Tobacco, roasted malt, peppery hops and yeast accompany the aroma. Touches of bready smoke and berry-like esters. Poorly conditioned and light in body. Prickly carbonation. Grainy and slightly alcoholic with a tannic tingle. Rather limp/underattenuated with flabby grains and abundant wetness and yeastiness plaguing the flavor and texture. Milk chocolate is lush and adds some bulkiness to the body but it carries a bit too much weight, as does the yeast. Hints of nutty malt and smoked bread poke through, but the smoke sorely lacks pronunciation. Fuzzy malts and a cola-like sweetness exaggerate the muddled and unclean nature. Finishes slightly bready yet persistently muddled, wet and unrefined with lingering yeast and soggy grains. Went in hoping I would love this, as DD serves up some solid dark beers (foreign stout and coffee-infused oatmeal, in particular), but this doesn’t wet my whistle. Lack of carbonation fails to displace any of the flabbiness and the carbonation drops out of solution immediately as it meets the palate. It’s also astringently yeasty and the malt extraction is subpar. Perhaps the next batch will show improvement?
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
cask at the brewery a couple weeks back. i thought i had washed these notes with my pants, but apparently not. dark brown ish black from the cask. coffee scent, similar to used grounds. the roast comes through with some cocoa in the nose also.thin mouthfeel, a bit of acrid smoke/wood taste with light hints of chocolate. some caramel in the finish. light smoke throughout this, although i thought more wood than smoke. a bit oily for me.