blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted and medium smoked malts, moderate sweetness, light bitterness, and a nice balanced and rich smoked malty finish. Pretty dope.
Atom (1299) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a dark brown/black with a large tan head. Smokey burnt wood campfire aroma. Taste has a solid but not overpowering smokey wood , with bitter chocolate and mild molasses. Nice!
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, cola highlights, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Smoked malt aroma, a little meaty, slight Band-Aid.   Thankfully no real Band-Aid on the nose.   Some smokiness, very little roasted malts, a lighter example.   Was hoping this was in the caliber of Alaskan, but its too light.   Body and mouthfeel are minor.   Soft roasty finish, a little smokey.   Not big enough for me.   Thanks Kevin!
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour thick tan head .... Aroma is of smoked malts and caramel/roasted malts .... Taste is of oak, heavily roasted and smoked malts, chocolate and caramel malts and a bitter bite on the back end .... Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a slickness .... Has a pretty full body and stout feel to it. Abv hidden well ... These guys always nail dark brews.
JHeath99 (834) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap from Growler Spot. Pours a cola brown with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of bacon and malts. Taste of smoked meats, roasted malts, and some coffee.
HonkeyBra (3263) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a rich dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoke, peat, earth and campfire notes. Mild roast and chocolate notes. Flavor is smokey, with lots of umami and bitter roast notes. Some malt sweetness. Medium bodied, somewhat slick oily mouthfeel. Finishes smokey. A well-done beer.
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cola brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and ashy smoke. The taste follows. Solid smoked porter.
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Binny’s South Loop into thin New Holland tulip. Aroma is prominently smoked with a strong lean roasted malt character. This is how I imagine a standard smoked porter should be but I love smoke. Flavor is similarly lean and centered on smoke and slightly bitter black malt with a long smoke and roast finish. Lean and well attenuated, just the way this should be. Why its an uber special 750 release and not a regular 6 pack boggles my mind.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
pictoman (443) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750mL bottle. Dark black with tan head. Smoke and some coffee with some chocolate notes. Taste focuses on the coffee and sweet chocolate flavour with mild smoke. Hides the alcohol. Light-medium body.
beerbaaron (1149) - Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown. Small head. Smokey Hammy, campfire, sausagey. Backed up with sufficient maltiness. Some good chocolate. Lighter body. Hood smokiness. I liked the balance to it all as a whole. Not as good or complex or refined as the mainstays, but its Founders so its given a bump. Mouthfeel falls short. Thin and not as flavorful as I would expect.