Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at tasting room
I had higher hopes for this release. Unfortunately it was neither smoky enough nor porterish enough to be nothing more than a good experiment. Even good brewers get it wrong from time to time so I am sure I will be back to try the new taps this summer.
Aroma / Appearance - An inky black pour fills the glass with a soft ivory head for company. Ash, chocolate, and malt give some depth. However it does not really have enough smoke or coffee flavors to set it apart. The only coffee present is like that of iced watered down coffee.
Flavor / Palate - Ash, cheap chocolate, and melted licorice tickle the tongue. The finish is dry and refreshing. Unfortunately though it does not follow through on the promises. The result is something that falls a bit short. Maybe next time I will just stick to the hoppier Fat Headís taps.
Dogbrick (7682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at The Ohio Taproom. Dark brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Smokey aroma with malt and coffee notes. Medium to full body with flavors of smoked malt, dark chocolate and a hint of adhesive bandage. The finish is smokey with a charred malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
JStax (2859) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at the source. Pours a darker brown with a thin head of khaki foam. Aroma is meaty and sweet. Taste is more meaty sweetness. Really enjoy how the smoke comes through in this. Very tasty stuff.
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Fat Headís Cleveland on 10/11/13. Clear reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Nose consisting of ham and dark malts. Malty flavor with caramel and chocolate before a big ham finish.
Beerman6686 (4236) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a medium to dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was lots of smoke, roasted malt, and some chocolate too. Flavor was meaty smoke, not burnt rubber smoke, bacon, brisket, chocolate covered bacon. All good stuff here.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 Beers this beer poured a black color with a huge foamy dark tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong hickory, smoke and was fairly malty. The flavor was dryish hickory, bacon and campfire smoke with a slightly sweet malty undertone. Long bacon and campfire finish. Medium body. Interesting.
charule (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Fatheads Pgh. Dark dark brown pour with lace from top to bottom. Woodfire smoke aromas. Tastes like a woodfired bacon. Very nice.
artmcd8 (1548) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black. Smells like campfire bacon. Slightly sweet with a smokey aftertaste. Almost a meaty taste to it. Tasty on a rainy day.
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jmikolich (1440) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at FH, Iím not sure that this is any different than their regular up in smoke, but the board claims it is.. this one still is not a smoky beer, its more of a porter with a touch of char and burnt flavor. not bacon in a bottle type beer.. some bitter chocolate is really the only main taste I get over the burnt.