beastiefan2k (3329) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shaker at the brewpub (as well as the $1.75 Monday special). I loves me some smoked beer. This did not disappoint, it was smoked, apparent as soon as the beer had a few moments to warm up. In general there was a nice chocolate character that came off the malt as well. For a change the hops were timid on a FS brew. The elements were all there but the beer had a flimsy feel to it, yes there was chocolate and smoke but it was very light and fleeting. I would like them to emphasize a more brutish take on this brew. But I love smoke and can drink this a lot more.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Free State. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black body with a creamy, finger-width, tannish brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of creamy lacing. Aroma is nicely balanced. Sweeter chocolate and caramel malts give way to a dry, earthy smoke. A light roast and a faint fruit makes its way in too. Flavor is similar and again, nicely balanced. A little more of a noticable smokiness along with some drier roasts blend well with a thinner caramel sweetness and some chocolate. The chocolate actually comes out more in the finish as well as a bit of a salty, smoked jerky taste. The smoke and roasts dry this slightly and leave an aftertaste that lingers for a moderate duration after a light to medium, smooth body. Overall, a nice beer. Sweet and smokey with a great balance. Tasty.
theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by csbosox. Pour is a slightly hazed black ruby brown with a small 1/2 inch light khaki head. Some light lacing. Aroma of smoked ham, light camp fire burning wood, earthy peat and a touch of malt sweetness behind that. Taste is smoky sweet maltiness, bright earthy peat, with straw and some grassiness. The finish has a bit of an off fruit flavor element that I can’t quite pin down. Palate is medium, low to normal carbonation. Bit of a lingering cherry skin finish. Thanks for sharing this one with me Chris, I had really wanted to try it.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head that diminishes to a thin skin and sheeting lace. The nose is of sweet smoked chocolaty malt and caramel; nicely integrated, with the smoke playing a solid supporting role versus dominating the aroma. On the light side of medium-bodied, and fairly still with a dry, roasted, lightly astringent finish. Sweet, roasted, smoky chocolate-like malt up-front, it finishes with an almost salty smoked finish. It reminds me a bit a smoked sea salt/truffle blend that I smelled recently. An interesting and drinkable smoked ale.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now advertised as Smoky Hill Porter, but sure this is the same thing. Tap @ FS. Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy dark tan head and great lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of roasty malts, smoke, peat, chocolate and some dark fruits. Flavor is more smoke, peat, roasted malts, and a little chocolate, caramel and dark fruits to round things out. Tasty and enjoyable, especially on a cold overcast day.
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Free State: This one pours a clear, yet very dark brown with a tan head that drops off somewhat quickly. This one has a very nice aroma. It is smoky with some roasted malts. This one has a full malt body. There are nutty notes to go along with the smokiness. Some bitterness also. This is a very nice brew.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a smaller off-white head. Dry toasty malt aroma with just a hint of smoke. Flavors start with sweet dough and lead to light caramel and a smoky apple wood hint. Light and well balanced. Perhaps a touch more depth of malt would be nice, but a light afternoon by the grill with this one is quite enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from growler courtesy hezron at the 3/25/06 Milwaukee tasting: Transparent dark mahogany brown appearance has a nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma has a dry toasted maltiness with some light smoke character and noble hops. Starts with sweet toasty earthy dark caramel malty flavor with a nice, toasty mild smoky finish. Good dry lingering smoky character throughout.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body. Lightly charred aroma with light roast underneath. Marris Otter base with chocolate malt and light oak charcoal in the flavor.
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprise growler from Doppelganger, thanks man! Interesting, lightly smoky aroma with some apple notes...nice and fruity. I wonder if they used apple wood? Very dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Soft and delicate smoke flavor with some fruity apple, and nutty caramel. The smoke is very well blended with the flavor. Some grassy notes in the finish. Good, but I think it could use either more smoke or more caramel, nutty flavors.