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.
minutemat (2406) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere.fr. Pours black with big tan head. Smokey aroma. Taste is big roasted malts, nice smokey influence with a decent meatiness. Tasty.
Psytron (1553) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell of smoke. Black colour, dark brown head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt. Medium bitter. Lightly velvety, offsetting the bitterness. Soft but very plentiful carbon. Medium body. Actually very light considering the ABV. Doesn’t challenge in any way, but is also very balanced.
thelynchfella (140) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured jet black with tan head. Smokey fruity aroma. Dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla, coffee. Sweet chocolate in flavour originally. Then you get a bitter espresso hit, followed by vanilla, and dark berries. Plenty of smoke in there too. Smokey and bitter in the finish. Cracking beer!!
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super dark brown coloured body with no transparency, and a thick, three centimetre tall microfoamed brown head. Aroma of pungent smoke, roasted malt, lactose, oatmeal, alcohol, cherries and a lot of meat and mushroom scents as well - decent, but not great. Medium-bodied; Assertive meaty and smokey flavour with a lot of malt and alcohol coupled with the typical soy sauce and mushroomy flavours. Aftertaste shows some lighter lactose, caramel and much more musty flavours and almost a fake smoke taste. Overall, a very pungent smokey beer with more mushroom/meaty flavours than smoked grain. If you like smoked meat and mushroom flavours in your beer - this one is for you, but if you like typical smoked malt beers, this one isn’t what you’d be expecting. If you took off this label and the hipster value of it, you’re left with a severely smoked beer and some decent sweetness and complexity, but way too much pungency and off-flavours that shouldn’t exist for a beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 25-April-2014 for US$3,50 sampled at home in Washington a few hours before leaving back for New York on 17-June-2015.
SzopPiwosz (195) - - JUN 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nieprzejrzyście czarne ze średnio obfitą, dość szybko zanikającą ciemnobrązową pianą. W zapachu kakao, kawa, nuty owocowe kojarzące się z czerwonym winem. Wędzoność nie jest intensywna, niemniej oczywiste jest jest torfowe pochodzenie - zdradzają to nutki palonego plastiku, smoły. Niestety czuć też trochę siarki, taka nuta drożdży piekarskich. W smaku słodko-gorzkie natarcie słodowości z przytłaczającą z każdym łykiem porcją ciemnego kakao i paloności. Znowu nuty torfowe. Agresję piwa dodatkowo wzmacnia wysokie nasycenie, chyba za wysokie, bo aż drażniące przy piwie tego wymiaru. Goryczka w pierwszej chwili nie wydaje się wysoka, ale "po trzecim łyku" daje się jednak odczuć. Pijalność średnia. Agresywne, niezbyt kompromisowe piwo i to jest coś, czego oczekuję od tego browaru.
khays (71) - - MAY 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells smoky, like thick smoke, not campfire smoke, roasted barley some grassy notes as well. Pours black with a tan head. Tastes sweet, acidic, then bitter. Lime and chocolate notes. Great body, heavy, even and lively carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.
Johnstledger8 (187) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Bottle. Pitch black with a relatively lasting coffee brown head. Seriously smokey aroma, hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruits too. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, smoked meat, hint of blackcurrant. Oily, full bodied, medium carbonation. Very nice.
cmacklin (391) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a huge, frothy, dark brown head that laces. Sweet roasted malt aroma with smoke, dark chocolate and liquorice. Sweet roasted malt flavour with liquorice, dark chocolate and a dry, bitter, ashy finish. Medium to full body with a thick, oily texture and soft carbonation.
Campy877 (183) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a midnight black with a dark brown and extremely thick head. You must really like a smokey flavor because this one really lives up to its name!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark pour. This one is decently dry with a nice smokiness, not too sweet or smokey, easy to finish abv considering.