Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, manure, earth, hint of smoke.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
What an odd commercial description...this is anything but rich or overpowering. The reality is it’s a fairly plain, simple, easy-going porter, despite the high ABV. And labeling this as a Smoked beer is misleading, as there is virtually no smoke at all that I can detect. Besides the obligatory chocolate/vanilla and roast odors, its only other strong feature is an earthy/manure-like quality. Overall ok, but strangely disappointing. Looks great though...lasting head and first-pour opacity.
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (courtesy of the great Patrickctenchi). Smoky lactic chocolate malt and herbal ash aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet dark chocolate malt and wood smoke flavor. Nice body. Say what you want about Jeppe, he knows how to brew a great beer.
Jorn69 (955) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Havregatan. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (31 DKK). Roasted malty, chocolate, smoke, medium sweet, medium body and oily texture. The finish is dry and bitter with roasted notes.
hawthorne00 (2439) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 12C. Black with a tan head that settles to a good coat. Aroma of mocha and peat, rum, dark berries, an odd sour milky note . Fairly sweet with a bit of peaty bite, a little boozy heat comes in pretty early. Not dominated by smoke but the berries get a little lost. Dry and quite bitter at the end. Not very ashy but slightly medicinal there too. Not entirely convincing.
maneliquor (3116) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a small tan head which quickly disappears. Nose is moderately smoked with that salted bacon note and mild spice. Taste is charred malts, quite ashy and bacon forward. A little thin and rough but not bad
Vells (690) - LATVIA - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite intense roasted maltiness, caramel, unbalanced smoked character, some choco, licorice and coffee in background. Mostly sweet with roasted malt bitterness and bit sourness in finish. Decent but nothing special
ScipioA (302) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out pitch black, slightly maroon if you look at it obliquely. Smells like burnt sugar along with vaporizing alcohol. More appealing in the mouth, a puff of smoke hits right up front before fading into a sweet and roasted maple-syrup like flavor. The body has a thick, almost dessert-like consistency.
Maverick34 (2256) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark brown pour, rich head. Malty chocolatey and smoky oakiness. thick and good.
zvikar (3418) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Pours brown to black with a huge brown head, aroma of chocolate, sausage, some smoke, flavor is smoked with some sausage and smoke, malt sourness, medium bodied.
zenkis (572) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with small top. Aroma - pure peated malt, didn’t caught any notes of hops or malt bill complexity, maybe some tones of wooden, earthy - but very tiny. Flavor quite the same - one way smoked malts with some light dark malts bitter in background, no malty-caramely sweetness. I have tasted this style - this one is way too boaring. No defects but there is nothing to desire also.