BoBoChamp (5545) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl, new Dutch brew Anno 2010, from Slijterij van Bergen Eindhoven, not complex smoked Porter, too heavy, roasted and spicy, not balanced, hazy, small head, nothing special
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu, 20110716) The beer poured very dark brown and quite clear. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had a lot of smoke and tar. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were smoke, tar, smoked ham, grilled sausage, roasted malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was smoky and bitter. A very smoky porter but loosing some of the Bamberg characteristics.
Benzai (8532) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s a pretty nice beer but I absolutely don’t like the smell! To me it smelled like ’fingerpaint’. At least that’s what it’s called in Dutch. As a young child you painted with your fingers with some kind of special paint which had almost the same smell. Too bad, otherwise a decent beer.
fugitive (1349) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color dark red with large head. Aroma malt, smoke, leather. Taste sweet, smoke, leather, bitter.
Koelschtrinker (10831) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Muffig malziger Antrunk mit säuerlich rauchigem, ziemlich unwichtigen Hintergrund. Etwas muffig, wenig aromatisch. Wirkt ziemlich banal. 10/9/9/9/9/9
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at In De Wildeman on 6 April 2011. Very dark colour. Diminishing beige head. Subtle smoke in the aroma. Dry and a little hoppy on the palate. Some powdery dark chocolate / cocoa. Smoke again quite restrained in the flavour profile. Pretty tasty and very drinkable but I would have preferred a little more smoke.
lusikka (6343) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a medium-sized foamy head. Aroma of smoke and strong leather. Flavour of peated malts, smoked ham, tar and strong hops. Medium bodied with a thick mouthfeel and a dry, smoky finish. Heavy smoky but a little too thin.
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled version, tasting at home (28 April ’11).
Dark, dark red body, beige head with brownish spots.
Aroma of smoke, malts, tar (phenolic), milk chocolate and leather. Smoky flavour, bitter roasted malts, cocoa powder, ash. Sweetish, but dominated by the smoke. Finish reminds strongly of good Islay whisky.
(Marks given are for this bottle, 33cL, thanks KB for sharing. PS. Lot A, best before 03 ’13)
From tap @ Delta BF (20 March ’11)
Heavily smoked aroma, dominates everything else. Smoked flavour, bit sweetish, harsh smoked whisky. Unbalanced. Maybe a bit young, considering the quality of the bottled version.
(draught, Delta Beer Festival, Goes)
EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
DBF Goes 20110320 (draft): A clear dark red-brown beer with a somewhat brown head. The aroma is roasted maltd (burned-like) with smoke (phenol-like). The aroma is some sweetness, roasted malt, smoke (phenol), A biter aftertaste with a long taste of smoked "fish". A little too much smoke in the beer.
j9weber (2) - NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2011 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
OK, something must have gone wrong with the batch (Lot A houdbaar tot einde 03, 2013). It’s so disappointing to buy a special beer and that you are looking forward to drinking -- and instead you get a mouthful of chlorophenolic scariness. Totally undrinkable. This could be due to bleach/chlorine or chloramines in the water (at a high rate) or, more likely, an infection, because I can’t imagine they over-dosed the porter with whole hops (another cause for strong chlorophenolic aroma and taste). Hmm, it could maybe be too much peat-smoked malt plus an infection. But in any case: undrinkable.
A smoked porter should be porter first, full of malty goodness, with the rauch malt adding a little extra character and interest.
This little brewery contracts out some of their beers, so maybe they can blame it on the contract brewery. But to be successful, you need to have consistent good quality. This is an unfortunate beer. Avoid it.