sic1314 (3074) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown to black with no noticeable head. Aroma of smokey malt is quite restrained. Medium body, flavour is of roast malt and liquorice, lingering smokey, dry aftertaste.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am not a fan of smoked beers. However, Ashtray Heart surprised me in a positive way. Was it because I just recovered from a long cold? Perhaps.
Bottle. The head is large and uniform, brown in color. The beer itself is black (but not opaque). Aroma is smokey (!!), reminds me of smoked ham, maybe bacon? I’m not sure, but I like bacon. Flavor is bitter, a bit malty and some smoke. Carbonation is pretty high; not exactly what I prefer. Finish is a smokey bitterness.
Overall, a surprisingly good smoked imperial stout, considering smoked beers are not my thing.
reebtogi (4088) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle pours black on color with no head but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is smoky with dark roasted malts and chocolate with hints of licorice. Taste is also smoky with a roasted grain bitterness and coffee with some chocolate malty sweetness. Light to medium body with mild carbonation. A nicely done Imperial stout that should be sampled.
tiong (3672) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Bierkompass
Pours pitch black with a foamy brown head. Aroma of smoked malts, hints of roastiness, ash, licorice and leather. Taste is roasty with some smoked notes, hints of licorice and leather. Finish is roasty and leathery with some smoked notes. Nice, quite tasty and rich smoked beer.
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ben’s. Cheers Ben. Pours black with a luxurious tan head. Big peaty nose. Taste is like sooking on charcoal. It’s like a peat Rauch. Lots of delicious roasty character.
Hermod (3032) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle @ home. Poured almost black, thick, everlasting brown head. Had to wait 5 minutes for the head to settle a little. Aroma has peat, smoke, coffee beans. Flavor has peat, sweet coffee, smoke and roasted malt. Finish is dry with some ash and very dark chocolate. Very oily, sticky mouthfeel. Intense smoke/ peat, maybe too much.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Malt, chocolate, caramel and smoke in the aroma. Malty sweetish flavor, pushing back the smoke just a bit. Malty sweet finish.
swoopjones (5644) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. dark black pour, beige head. Roasted malt aroma, light touch of smoke, chocolate malts. Taste is way smokier than aroma let you on to. astringent finish, lighter mouthfeel than anticipated. lively mouthfeel. Different
JanLaursen (3025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Brown black with a huge, persistent beige head. Mild smoke, roasted malts, grapefruity, licoricy hop notes. Light sweetness, smooth smoke, medium bitter finish. Dry mouthfeel, oily texture, viscous. Very good.
erickok (3424) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark body and tan head. Bacon, smoked bacon, but quite well developed. Roasted malts. Warming body, licorice. Quite sweet. A mild lively body. Alcohol finish. Nice, much better than expected. . (At Borefts 2012)