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.
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, molasses, caramel, and light-moderate smoke. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a three finger creamy tan head that has very good retention. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, molasses, and a touch of caramel. The finish has light-moderate smoke with some faint roast. It’s medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a lively carbonation that can be a bit prickly at times.
Gorm (1281) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mørk brun/svart farve med høyt beige skum. Lukt av røstet malt, lakris og lakris. Smak av røstet malt, karamell og røyk. Melkebaren.
nilsas (1524) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tykt brunt skum, mye skum. Dyp sort farge. Duft av frukter, eple, stikkelsbær og lakris. Smak av lakris, røyk og frukter.
olsvammel (3317) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flying Dog in Stockholm. Smoky smell with chocolate, dark malts and caramell. Similar taste, roasted flavour with coffee. I love the level of smoke in this one. Lots of flavour.
HellesBunny666 (200) - Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter aromas than I expected, smoke, chocolate, herbs. Lighter body. First it tastes more like chocolate and herbs, and then you get hit with heavy smoky flavors and some booze, soy sauce, grilled steak.
unclemike (2274) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of light smoke, chocolate, herbs, spice, light coffee. Flavour of cocoa, chocolate, molasses, sweetness, light alcohol and vague smoke. Medium to full bodied. Dry chocolaty and light smoked end. Vague roasty bitterness notable
Garlic_of_Doom (474) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown, almost black with a creamy brown head.
Aroma has mostly wet wood, smoke and too much alcohol.
Taste has chocolate, roasted malt and slight smoke.
Medium body, high soft carbonation, dry mouth feel.
Dry bitter after taste.
Too little smoke, too much alcohol.
czar (4531) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very dark brown if not black with a very nice beige head, excellent retention and lacing. roasted and smoked coffee beans, smoked raisins layered in burnt caramel, very peppery, peat, ashes (surprise), dry molasses and maple syrup, minerals. average to light carbonation - wish it had been just a tad softer, medium body - oily, very dry and slightly harsh ashy-resinous-bitter coffee. hint of sweetness and smoother would have helped balance-wise. nice smoked!
MayumiH (126) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Full body. Dark and smoky. Bitter chocolate. Strong espresso. Roasted malts. Grassy hops. Highly enjoyable :)
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Keg at Pipes of Scotland, Uppsala, 20140922) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had liquorice, smoky charcoal and burnt malts. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were liquorice, dark chocolate, smoke, burnt malts, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt, smoky and bitter. A good and balanced smoked stout.