JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. I confess that I haven’t actually had this with any hog yet. BBQ outside, anyone? At any rate, the pour was thin and relatively undercarbonated. The nose is terrific, just the right blend of meat and wood smoke. But the base beer is more like an underattenuated brown than a porter. Needs work.
thegreenrooster (3561) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is smoky and very meaty. Flavor is a nice smoke with a very roasted dark malt and finishes with a meaty flavor on the tounge. Liquid Carolina Bar-b-que.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Flying Saucer Raleigh. Pours a slightly hazed brown with mini head. Nose is hickory smoked bacon, molasses and a bit of roast. On taste, thin bodied with some bready notes that are dominated by the smoke. Minimal phenolics. If this had a bit more body, it’d be very good. Still pretty ice.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark red pour with a thick tan head. Scent is smoke, roasterd malts and wood. Taste is sweet malts, roasty, smoke and bitter chocolate.
NachlamSie (2995) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint from draft at Thirsty Monk. Pours near black with a small head. That delicious hickory smoke is in the aroma, I just wish there was more of it. strong bacon and sharp, smoldering wood make up the nose with dark chocolate. The flavor is a little sticky with chocolate and molasses flavor which covers up that awesome smoke more than I’d like. There is still enough goodness in the finish to make this highly enjoyable. It just needs more smoke. So much potential.
OldGrowth (2930) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pint @ brewery. during anniversary celebration. good aroma, smokey sweet. nice camp fire type scent, little chocolate, raisin maltiness. Orangy brown color, no head or lace. Sweet smoke flavor. little salty. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, dry smokey finish. tasty, as long as you like smoke, which I do, easy to drink porter, flavor was best part, very nice smoke and malt mix.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
WBF. My Favorite FS beer. Aroma is smokey, chocolate, and heavy roast. Flavor is more campfire than smokey meat. Light chocolate and coffee.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll celebrate my 1500th rating with a local. On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. Pours a dark brown but is pretty thin looking. Nice foamy dark beige head. Nose shows huge hickory and smoke, as well as nice nice meatiness and a bit of the sty. Taste is big on the hickory smoke as well... not as much porter malt action as hoped for. Overall, it comes through a bit one-dimensional, but luckily it’s a dimension I can live with. Looking forward to more from this creative new brewery.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing smoke beer. Great aroma of a wood bbq pit with a drak and burnt color to match. Taste was still somewhat sweet but with a good rauch balance.
freekyp (1669) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting take on a smoked beer, with smoke fully in the forefront, and little actual beer character. Not bad, but could use some malt backbone. Softly carbonated, pours dark brown with very little head.