shoulderbroken (1723) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Craft. Pitch black colour with dark beige, almost brown head. Quite oily and slick in the mouth. Aroma is smoky, coffee bitter, with roasted malt. Also a bit of bacon. Taste is nice and roasted, and tasty bitter. Bit of dark chocolate. Smoke comes through in the taste too. Full on in the mouth. Lovely.
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of nuts, oatmeal, chocolate malt, and a hint of smoke, but barely noticeable. The smoke is more pronounced in the flavour, with roasted / chocolate malt, cherry (and maybe other dark fruits), wood and nuts. Decent.
skortila (4349) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Mikkeller bar. The aroma has roast, some chocolate, toast, fruits. Dark brown coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet, bit fruity, hint of ash/smoke, some chocolate, roast. Medium body. Nice.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shitter bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid deep brownish black with half a finger of brown head. Nose is rich roasty chocolate malt, mild rauchy smoked malt, some hops, port, and dark berry. Very complex and compelling aroma. Tastes rich, earthy, peaty, with an initial big tart blackberry and chocolate malt presence. Warms up to give emerging hops, more chocolatey malt notes, but the blackberry tartness and figgy notes remain, giving this one the sensation of a dry port/merlot with some slight smoky malt elements within. Gets even fruitier as it warms, and stays complex, unique, and absolutely delicious from beginning to end.
NachlamSie (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz. bottle from Ale Yeah! Well, the label on the bottle is talking trash to me about how intensely flavorful and smoky this is going to be. I highly doubt it will be "overpowering" enough to "make invalids out of supermen" as Evil Twin puts it. The initial pour into the tulip glass is very nice. It’s an extra dark beer with a mountainous, rocky tan head. The aroma is not very smoky, considering the style. I’ve smelled imperial stouts just as roasty and meaty as this which don’t actually employ smoked malt. The aroma is a little fruity and tart with notes of cacao, nuts and espresso. There is a bit more smoke in the flavor, but it’s not standout. It just provides some oomph to the already roasty character of the malts. There is this weird sort-of metallic and acidic flavor that I find in a lot of Danish beers. This beer has a lot of potential and is ultimately enjoyable but is rough around the edges. Also, this needs more smoke. See Yazoo Sue to learn how a black smoked ale should be.
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a typical Evil Twin massive light brown head. and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with some chocolate and licorice. Complex and tasty.
Meilby (6455) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cblack with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and smoke. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is full, texture is sticky, carbonation is soft.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque deep, dark brown--just shy of black. Tremendously huge head (despite my best efforts to control it during the pour) that is dark tan in color and pillowy, yet dense in texture. As head settles somewhat, a good bit of lacing remains. Aroma is of peat and licorice, with some piney, resinous character in the background. Smoky, but not in a salty, rauchbier way. As pronounced as the aroma was, I was completely unprepared the for wallop of flavor. Strong doesn’t even begin to describe how it hit me--flavor of sour cherries mixed with smoked wood. Some roasted malts are evident, as is hop bitterness, but there is really a sour-sweet flavor taste driving the beer. It’s rather unexpected to be honest. Although the alcohol is not--very forward. Palate is also unexpected, as the beer is surprisingly watery. In sum: A flavorful smoked stout, but one that may not be to everyone’s liking. Worth a try, however, if you’re a fan of beers like Bell’s Cherry Stout.
thomas15 (648) - USA - OCT 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep roast and beautiful intermingled smoke. Seems so much more suited to stout than porter. Delicious beer, great idea.
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours black with a creamy/bubbly dark tan head. Aroma is pretty smoky. Near full bodied. Flavor is smoke, and something darkly sweet - but not exactly treacle. There’s smooth burnt malt, and something like hop. It finishes more towards bitter than sweet. It’s not exactly complex, but it’s certainly difficult to break down the flavor into components. I’m thinking thistle might account for some of it.