drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/22/13. Bottle from Leighton during RBWG! Deep brown pour with a nice brown head. Smoke and sweet roasted malts in the aroma and flavor with chocolate. Nice.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Black pour with a mocha colored frothy head that lasts throughout the glass. Beautiful chocolate roast and soft but rich smoke lead to hints of brownie, cocoa nib, and bacon. Magical. A thick rich mouthfeel demonstrates a finish that is made satisfyingly dry by the deft combination of roasted barley and great attenuation.
Damico (2508) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, wow. Pours thick dark coffee in color with a creamy lighter caramel head. The aroma right away, as usual for HF, is accurate, potent, and pleasant for the style - this time bringingt perfectly balanced smoky notes and a campfire aspect with just a tad of sweetness, so nice! The flavor is quite similar, the balance of the smoked malts on a creamy body is excellent with a pleasant hoppiness at the end.
ReggieDunlap (3029) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head...rich looking...nice lacing. Aroma has wonderful dark chocolate with just a touch of bitter roastiness...almost espresso. Flavor also brings the dark, bitter bakers chocolate and adds nice smokey/roastiness...light burnt/bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a roasty/smokey finish that warms pleasantly.
AdamJackson (2386) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery & 750ML growler fill on 2/1/13. Enjoyed in a wine glass
A - Soft black, 1 finger muted head that fades slowly.
S - Rye and Smoke on the nose, hint of chocolate beans and wheat
T - Lovely lightly smoked finish, hint of espresso beans and chocolate kisses. A hint of calcium in the middle of the tongue but it doesn’t linger.
M - Medium body, sharp carbonation that leaves pretty fast but with a tingling.
O - Very decadent and smooth, no alcohol bite or booziness at all, finish is neat and leaves you craving more. I really don’t like any beers with smoke but this really excels.