artmcd8 (1219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cure. Pours a deep dark brown without much head, slight brown head. Aroma is almost like bacon. Taste follows the aroma. Medium thick feel with medium carbonation. This is one of my favorites from East End. Went great with dinner.
Gamin (59) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a cask. Smoke is prevalent in the aroma and flavor. Pretty smooth given the heavy smoke. It's alright.
drpimento (2085) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sample courtesy of Pablo, gracias amigo!! Poured at a good temperature, with a thick, tan, creamy head and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is smoke and malt, bit of fruit. Flavors like malt, and smoke are dominant, bittersweet right behind along with tang. I’m not a huge smoke beer fan so subdued smoke is more my speed. Friends like it much more than me. Finish is clean, true, and a little on the short side. Not bad for a smokey treat.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My particular dread--the vivid possibility that left me staring at tree shadows on the bedroom ceiling night after night--was having to lie in a small tent, alone in an inky wilderness, listening to a foraging bear outside and wondering what its intentions were. I was especially riveted by an amateur photograph in Herrero’s book, taken late at night by a camper with a flash at a campground out West. The photograph caught four black bears as they puzzled over a suspended food bag. The bears were clearly startled but not remotely alarmed by the flash. It was not the size or demeanor of the bears that troubled me--they looked almost comically non aggressive, like four guys who had gotten a Frisbee caught up a tree--but their numbers. Up to that moment it had not occurred to me that bears might prowl in parties. What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die, of course. Literally shit myself lifeless. I would blow my sphincter out my backside like one of those unrolling paper streamers you get at children’s parties--I daresay it would even give a merry toot--and bleed to a messy death in my sleeping bag. A top draw smoked beer, I really enjoyed it.
tcane7 (1518) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 growler/flip top bottle with Ray and Megan. Poured nearly black with thin tan head. Not that much smoke but a little, roasted malt. Average mouthfeel. I don’t really like overly smokey beers and this was pretty solid.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours a dark cola with minimal head. brown sugar, burnt malt, some peat, smoke, and chocolate. Light bodied and quite drinkable
ReggieDunlap (2895) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown/black wit a medium tan head...dissipates quickly. Aroma has significant smoke...mildly antiseptic...mild bacon too. Flavor is roasty with charred wood and good smoke...leans more toward antiseptic/band-aid than bacon. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly creamy and the finish is smoky and mildly roasty.
eshepski41 (18) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost black with a small tan head that dissipated quickly. Immediate scent of smoke that made it hard to get the porter smell. The smokiness is tasted throughout, but can pick up the earthy tones of the porter with some bitter chocolate notes.
Damico (2303) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 year old growler has a decent carb pop and pours unclear dark chestnut brown with a decent tan caramel head. The aroma has generous smoke and roasted malt notes. The flavor still has plenty of smoke and flavors of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. The body isd medium with seemingly no carbonation lost.
callmemickey (2081) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Dark black-brown with a decent khaki cap that holds fairly well, sporadic lacing left on the glass
S: Smokey caramel and roasted malts, lighter coffee highlights... screams burnt malts
T: Very very nice, I was impressed with the delicacy of the malts considering the burnt character of the nose... nice caramel, coffee and roasted barley flavoring
M: Medium bodied, consistent presence on the tongue right through the compact finish
O: By the end the smoke slows you down... the flavor doesn’t languish but it is an assault on the tongue