RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a dark cola with a large mocha head and notable lacing. Aroma is smokey with a hint of pine, but peaty notes are overwhelming. Taste similarly starts with enjoyable smoke, but again the peat overwhelms any other flavors. Unenjoyable aftertaste after the finish. The peaty flavors are just not for me.
UXO (670) - CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear (flashlight confirmed) deep ruby black with a short tan head diminishing to a thin ring, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is roasty malt, cocoa, dark stone fruit, toffee, light smoke. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet, mild bitter, mild smoke. (7/10) Medium to full body, low carbonation, oily and syrupy, dry and astringent smoky finish. (4/5)
It might pour the solid unrelieved black of a politician’s heart, but it has far less smoke than I’d expect of such an organ. Both Beer Advocate and RateBeer call this a smoked beer - but I’d call it a porter, first and foremost, with only a very mellow smoke presence. Very little hop character, but a fair amount of bitter astringency from the dark roast malts. (14/20)
wekker84 (1800) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a dark brown black colored beer with a beige head aroma roasted malts caramel dark fruits dry fruits citrus spicy smoke some earhly notes and bitter hops flavor roasted malts spicy laurel citrus fruits dark fruits some smoke and bitter hops
Rob_D_UK (1178) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Good hearty smoked aroma. Wood chip taste with smoke.
Davros (2191) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows some meaty smoked malt alongside smooth roast and cocoa.
Pretty similar flavours, a mix of smoke, roast and sweet bready malt.
BBHansen (295) - Køge, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle @ home w the chef: Pours clear black with ok short lived off-white soapy head and some lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, wood, tobacco
chocolate and smoke. palette: average carbonation, medium to full body, notable caramel sweetness, average to distinct bitterness, long duration, dry finish and an oily texture. Overall: well balanced and tasteful
scoth (578) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with a medium walnut-brown head, moderate retention. Aromas of wet tobacco, plum, toffee, burnt toast, soil. Medium-light body, velvety. Gently sweet, light bitter finish with a nice smokey finish. Unique, and well named.
Tognetta (197) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Totalmente negra, espuma marrom, de média duração, lacing breve e uniforme. Aroma intenso de defumado, fumaça, fica até difícil identificar o malte torrado, me lembrou de estábulo de cavalos kkkkkk . Paladar impactante, no início o defumado vem em conjunto de um dulçor leve/médio, com posterior amargor. Corpo leve, carbonação flat, não transparece o teor alcoólico. Aftertaste lembra a sensação de salgado, aliado ao amargor torrado. Um bom exemplo de cerveja defumada, que balanceou o intenso sabor com o dulçor da porter, apesar de não der um estilo que eu aprecio.
beerman33190 (65) - FRANCE - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Subtlety seems to be the intention here. The smokey, liquorice, chocolate tones are all here, as much in the aroma as the flavour but all very under-stated. I would have preferred a bit more smokiness. The texture is fantastic, thick and creamy with just the right touch of carbo. Overall very easy to drink which is surprising considering the "hype" on the label.
Beerman6686 (5067) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of a good amount of.meaty smoke, charred malt, some.dark fruit
. Flavor was one of the most smoke laden beers I’ve ever had, but not acrid or overwhelming at all.
zacgillbanks (2899) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This black-brown beer pours with a huge foamy tan head. It has a smoked beech wood and oaky flavour, vanilla and chocolate followed by a slight tart red fruit and gentle smoked finish. Excellent!