durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ in Asheville. I had heard bad things about this beer, so I guess I was surprised how much I liked it. Pours dark brown with light mocha head. Nose of chocolate, light smoked malts, and some milk sugars. Taste shows more of the milk sugar. Just a bit of the fruity/cherry Baltic notes... as much a smoked stout as anything. Thin palate. Solid.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a black body with some ruby highlights and a finger-width, dense and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is smokey with some rich chocolates. Moderately malty with some earth, wood, sweet roasts, and a light ester. Flavor is quite nice. Moderately sweet caramel and rich chocolate maltiness with a nice, even, meaty smokiness. A good amount of sweet roasts and earth with some light esters and wood before this dries with a light, smooth maltiness that goes along with the smoke, earth, and roast leaving a light-moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, creamy, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and clean with a nice finish. Overall, a tasty beer. I like the smooth, clean, creamy feeling of the malts with a nice mixture of smoke, earth, and roast that creates a pleasant finish. Nicely done.
obguthr (3665) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke and charred oak aroma. Clear mahogany, thin yellow head. Smoky on the front, bark on the back. Not nearly as strong or complex as I hoped. Rustic and tasty. Solid.
drjay44 (2585) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium beige head of good duration, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, light smoke...taste is rich sweet malts to start, with heavy chocolate, lighter coffee, slight toffee, mild smoke, finishing with mild bitterness.....mouth feel is thick, carbonation low. This is not as heavy as some Baltic Porters, but has a nice balance of flavor. The smoke is done with a light hand. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, shared, nice smoky bitter notes a pleasurable experience without catching my attention in any specific sort of way
boFNjackson (4117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Baileys Taproom... Poured near black with a deep amber highlight at the bottom of the glass. The head was a light tan, that kept a thick consistency. Aroma was beefy, roasty, smoke, ashes, charcoal. Dry, clean overall with tons of roasted malts. The smoke was there, but not like drinking a cigar like other smoked beers. Dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, bitter sweet finish.
nickd717 (3470) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Great clear darkest brown color with a lasting, creamy tan head. The aroma is more or less as expected. Deep, rich roasted malt and a big meaty smoke presence. Flavor is also meaty and smoky, with roast, caramel, coffee, and dark chocolate. Medium-full body with a great smooth mouthfeel. Really solid stuff.
beernovice39 (3109) - Montana, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep red (in the light) brew with a creamy tan head, lacing. Scent of roasted malt. Taste is roasted malts, some smoke and hops. Nice
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black dark brown pour with a light tan head. Smokey charred aroma with lots of roastiness and chocolate. Strong smoke on the flavor, slight meatiness, with a good amount of burnt ashy notes and chocolate, some carmalized flavors lurking. Nice creamy, moderate feel.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked as August 8th, 2010 thanks to doodler. Pours with a near black body and a tan head. Aroma is dirty, earthy, smoke, bbq, estery (for some reason), and decently dry. Flavors are caramelized, smokey, chocolate, earth, toffee and raisins. Lively bubbles with a relatively creamy mouthfeel.