llkc (424) - århus, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
duft meget kraftig duft af humle. malt. kako kaffe. lidt røg
smag rimlig bitter fin eftersmag af brandte malte
CopterScott (143) - Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black with a thin tan head. Aroma is ash, chocolate and roast. Flavor is roasty malts, chocolate, and an ashy finish.
sunevdj (3201) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a beige head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of caramel- and smoked malts. Also some roasted malts. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry and smokey finish.
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Riley & Conways, pours a very dark brown, pretty much black with a tan head, the aroma was of dark fruit and chocolate with a very subtle amount of smoke, nothing over the top at all, the flavor has a sweeter front end with some smoke and meat in the finish, again though pretty subtle and doesn’t punch you in the face, not bad.
RichTheVillan (3110) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham; dark brown pour with a creamy dark tan head, roast malt and dark fruit aroma, taste has subtle smoke, along with dark fruit’s, definitely has some ash qualities to it.
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham, Birmingham. Proficient beer. Yes, you are right: it does have smoke. Thinnish int gob.
gam (3279) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bulky tan head dark pour soft carbonation aromas caramel liquorice smoke notes chocolate vanilla ash woody notes flavours dry ash sugary molasses smoke taste rich chocolate caramel mild bitter the finish best tastes smoothness of the ale sweet malts dry vanilla smoke finish okay but nothing special
hallinghansen (2067) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a medium light brown head. Chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, smoke, ash. Smooth and delicious.
superspak (2681) - Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/5/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, light char, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, coffee, wood smoke, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, molasses, wood smoke, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice smoked imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Flavors did not feel as bold as I was expecting for a 9% stout, but is a nicely enjoyable offering.
Ernest (6257) - 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.