3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A rich malt experience of a robust porter with quiet touches of smoked malt. Fudge cake buoyancy and savory cocoa are accented by charred grain and campfire wood smoke. Medium body with moderate sweetness and bitterness, somewhat slick and syrupy mouth feel with a touch of burnt grain huskiness.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from a PUBíR operative. Pours mahogany with tan head. Nose is huge rauchy malt, roasty dark malt, hops, campfire smoke and charred frankfurters. Tastes rauchy, resiny hoppy, with roasty dark malt, black and chipotle pepper, and cacao. Tastes malty, with a rauchy element that doesn;t override the malt and hops, plus some hot pepper and cacao in the finish.
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of wood, smoke (campfire), manure, vanilla, light note of incense.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
Pretty good but not great...the smoke is mild but pleasant, neither meaty nor ashy, just kind of like lightly charred aromatic wood, almost incense-like. And in fact the wood odor itself is stronger than the smoke. Thereís also a manure-like note that Iíve found in a few other smoked beers, and itís not at all unpleasant in this context...itís more of a mild rustic/farmy note than anything pungent or off-putting. As with most FCB beers, the mouthfeel is kinda sticky/flabby/syrupy, which makes it a little hard to want to drink a lot of it. Balanced well though, the finishing bitterness is certainly ample. Close but not a repeat buy for me.
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, caramel, ham, rye and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, rye, roastiness and bakers cocoa with a smooth dry lingering smokey finish.
NachlamSie (2764) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber from Colorado Liquor Mart. Pours dark with ruby tints and a khaki head. The nose is reasonably smokey, kind of lacking though from what this could be with more assertive wood smoke character. The meaty, semi-fruity cherry wood smoke is here, but kind of hides behind the rye and chocolate malt. The flavor is quite delicious,the sweeter chocolate notes become more apparent and the smoke, though still tame, translates well. The palate is a little lighter than what I like from a porter, but not problematic. The finish is mostly dark chocolate, a little rye spiciness and smoked meat as an afterthought. Their mesquite chili lime beer had the right idea with its rich, genuine, smoldering smoked character. The last two in this series have been relatively timid. I thought this was a very well done, balanced and clean smokey porter. That being said, it could be legendary with a little heavier use of the cherry wood and apple wood smoked malts. Just needs a little more smoke.
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - dark ruby pour - intensely smoky nose, with and underlying caramelized sugar sweetness, giving the impression of campfire and roastedmarshmallows - flavor is deeply roasty, with a light acidity and balancing sweetness - robust smokiness and wood, the cherrywood being most prominent - the rye adds a nice earthy bitterness - the flavors are intense, but nothing is astringent or overly charred, as you sometimes get in such heavily smoky beer - Iím a fan.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of ash, cigarette smoke, hints of slight cocoa, touch of earthy, yeasty tones in there with a touch of wood. Taste is a mix of ash, smoky notes into some wood, slight earth into some chocolate, roasted notes, finishing bitter.
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Fort Collins Brewery. Pours a clear reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Potent campfire smoky, somewhat spicy, chocolate, and burnt wood aroma. A bit watery. Very ashy, campfire smoky, caramel, quite spicy, chocolate, earthy, rye flavor. OK.