larsniclas (5348) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at CBF11
Pitch black. Small beige head.
Tar and peat. Sweet and oily.
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Craft Beer Co on 17th September 2011. Impenetrably black with brown head that thins and lightens in colour. Rich earthy aroma, with caramel and smokiness. Delicious medium-bodied liquid with light to moderate sourness, fruit and cigar smoke; luscious finish of Christmas pudding, chocolate liqueurs and pipe smoke. Very enjoyable smoked porter.
lusikka (5325) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beautiful beige head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and smoked malts. Flavour of strong roasted and slightly smoked malts, peat, dark coffee, chocolate and bitter hops. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and some carbonation. Long finish of heavy malts and coffee. One heavy beer.
Leighton (9830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co., London. Pours dark, ruby-brown with a tan head. Some roast and ashy malts in the nose. Rich. Medium sweet, light mocha, slight berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Burnt sugar finish, slight roast, some dark fruits. Pretty OK. Nothing special.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with spotty brown bubbles on the surface. Aroma is Smoked malt, soy sauce, light vanilla, hints of iodine and grains. Taste is roasted and smoked malt, light iodine, soy sauce, hints of molasses and vanilla and burnt grains. Body is light-medium with little carbonation. Ends with smoked malt, chocolate, roasted malt, light vanilla, softer iodine, burnt grains and burnt caramel.
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Smokey and roasty aroma with a light sweetness. The flavor is smokey and sweet, with roasted malts, more smoke, and burlap. Good stuff.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, light smoke, chocolate, bamburg wood, and a hint of licorice. Poured black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Medium-sized particles throughout. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of malt, smoke, bamburg wood, chocolate, slight roasting, slight tar, and some vanilla. Medium to full body. Slick, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate, light tar, light smoke, light bamburg wood finish. 8.9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Habanero (2129) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours opaque black with a creamy, brown head, leaving a fair lacing. Nose of slightly roasted malt, chocolate smokey notes. Sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate and smoked notes. Full bodied, oily texture and flat carbonation. Ends up more dry and roasted with alcohol notes but really no bitterness. Very balanced and just great.
madmitch76 (13343) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 14th September 2011
On tap at the Craft Beer. Opaque black beer, short lived tan head. Light crispish palate (especially for a big beer). Minerals. Good rich dark malts which are free of bitterness and roast. A little dark chocolate. Nice sherbetty fruit salad things going on. Just a tiny bit of smoke. Minerally finish. Nice and not the smoke bomb I was expecting. Original rating 3.7.
12th December 2011
Bottle. Opaque black beer, decent tan head. Softish palate, dry with some fine crispy carbonation livens this up. Tangy dark malt, notably and pleasantly fruity. Creamy malt. Well judged smoke. Minerals. Semi dry finish with more vibrant dried fruits. Delicious! I’ve not had a better smoked beer.
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Vin. Pours a deep Cola black with a matching frothy, creamy beige head. Crazy spotty lacing throughout the session. The nose is predominantly filled with rich smokey roasted almonds, fresh ground coffee beans, dark chocolate, and some really odd, but intruiging notes of lactose and cherries. Medium to fuller bodied with a sticky, somewhat thick palate that dazzles the tongue with just a tad of carbonation and a huge amount of heat from the smoke. The flavor leans heavily upon the smoke flavors, but they are quite nuanced, and some hints of the cherry, coffee, and chocolate show up, as well as a very modestly sour or tart finish from the creamy lactose. The alcohol is hidden in plain view, but you’d be damned to guess it was close to 9%. This is definitely a sipper, and meant to be shared on a cold night. If you do not like the Smoked style, this is a solid introduction. As for me, I’m just not a huge fan of smokeds, but this one is alright in my book. Well done.