maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy sweet Jesus. I’m glad I found this one. It reminds me more of an imperial stout than it does a Smoked beer. Pours super dark and thick with a minimal head. Not overly smokey, but good roasted flavors and smells to it. Super easy on the palate, which makes for an amazing drink.
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body was dark brown and opaque like almost every other porter around, but this one had a pretty big tan colored head too. The smell was sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, and very mild smoke. The taste was fantastically smooth, with lots of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and a smoky finish. The mouthfeel was velvet like, and soothing to the maximum. Very impressive offering from a brewery that usually does not entice me enough.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Lightly smokey aroma with a heavy chocolate character. Has a lot of malts, almost too much as the maltiness kind of gets in the way. There’s a decent amount of smoke, I just want it to shine through more. Maybe a bit too much alcohol late - tastes like more than 8%, really.
obguthr (4072) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Campfire and licorice nose. Mahogany, thin khaki head. Cherry and fig flavor initially. A bit maltier and less fruity at midpalate, charred oak, grass. Smoky campfire finish. Good transitions, balance and intensity, very well rounded. The use of smoked malts as very tastefully done. Generously rated, but it’s well deserved.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Nice pour, nearly black, dense stable cappucino-colored head. As expected, it doesn’t really smell smoky. The initial aroma is cola and a little soya. Then a slight sour mash note comes in, fading to a hint of smoke. Just a hint, and there is no outstanding smell in the aroma profile at all other than a sort of wood chip character. It tastes smoker than it smells, in a sort of dry woody way. Getting a fair amount of charred firewood in the finish. The alcohol is hidden well and it is quite dry. I dare say it would benefit from a sweeter malt profile. Definitely tastes better and more complex as it warms, but the aromas and flavors remain muddled.
hopscotch (9490) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, fat-bubbled, well-tanned head. Good retention. The aroma is a mélange of fudge, espresso, vanilla crème and light campfire smoke. Full-bodied and chewy with tickling carbonation. The flavor is reminiscent of sweetened cafe con leche – deeply roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Finishes burnt, lightly acrid and smooth, with no rough edges. Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94!
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle my friend shared at his Super Bowl party. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with medium khaki head. Aroma has boatloads of milk chocolate with notes of roasted coffee beans. Very rich chocolate in the nose. Moderately heavy flavor of roasted coffee beans and smoked malt. Moderate smokiness. Dark, slightly creamy, delicious.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A very, very simple sugar black beer with a hint of smoke. Nothing special
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately 3 months after purchase. Bottle from BA trading buddy Heath.
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Nose has roast, hard candies and only light smoky notes reminiscent of burning paper. Taste has a lot of sugary dark malts, black jelly beans, dark grapes, soft liquorice candy, a bit smoke (still like burnt paper), some tobacco leafs. Almost none of the usual coffee/chocolate. To say this beer was not complex would be an understatement. It was inoffensively easy to drink, the sweetness was tolerable and the alcohol was well hidden. But overall it was a very forgettable sweet dark beer. Named after a classic Deep Purple song, I love that song, that song is like music to my ears.
JDBaker11058 (1354) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: very dark brown, nearly black with a short mocha head and tiny rings of lace. Aroma: chocolate, caramel, some coffee, brown sugar and licorice. Taste: chocolate, coffee, caramel malts, hint of wood and a tiny bit of ash/smoke. Finish: malty and slightly on the crisp side for a porter, with just a hint of smokiness. Notes: Honestly, I barely got any smoke at all. Seemed much more like a traditional porter. As far as that goes, it was a very good porter. As far as smoked porters go, it doesn’t hold a candle to the Stone or Great Divide smoked porters.
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep, dark brown with a frothy tan head; good lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, roasted malt, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter with a great smoke aftertaste. Great beer.