fluffy (2341) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Didn't care for this honestly. Was kinda metallic and bitter like nickel or something. Bad bottle maybe?
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Berard (622) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a creme colored head. Dark chocolate and molasses.
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Stoned99 (1163) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Hill Farmstead. Aroma: roasted grains, smokey, not too much on the bacon, chocolate. Pretty good. App: pitch dark, medium moka head, ok retention and nice thick moka lacing as the head goes away. Taste and palate : full body, medium sweetness, smokey bacon in mouth, much more than in the aroma but it must be really well blended because it doesn’t bother me at all. Probably because it’s smooth. Some chocolate in mouth too. The finish is bitter. Overall: was waiting to open that one since I?m really not a fan of smoked beers. I guess setting my expectations really low helped quite a lot of the fact that I’ll be in vacation in a day. Anyway, this evening, I enjoyed it and that’s what matters.
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Dark brown, thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, mild nuttiness. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke. Medium bodied.
lefossoyeur (585) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark Brown with a thin creamy beige head. Nice seaweedy and light smoke aromas. Medium bodied, really clean, light smokiness. Very quaffable lager.
ClarkVV (5719) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015 Bottled 10/25/15, drunk 11/28/15. Thanks to AdamC as always.
Opaque black body is topped by a well-retained, light tan head.
Smoke and hops combine beautifully in the nose. Light ash, cigar and mild sardine. Not bacony/meaty and nicely dry, seemingly. Very clean, no alcohol. Could use a bit of caramel/toffee but as is, it really highlights the smoke and I suppose caramel and toffee are not exactly a baltic porter mainstay...
Assertive flavor shows a strong hop bitterness, lightly green and spicy. Smoke is ashy, strong and dry. Very, very rich, with a huge body and tons of sweetness. Between the ash, caramel and light booze, it seems the stuff is just too young or too sweet. But I can certainly appreciate the challenging smokiness. Very intense.
AirForceHops (6088) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml Oct, 28, 2015, thanks to AdamC! Pitch black with slow dying head. Aroma is noticeable smoked malt, mild cocoa, mellow roast.
Honestly I’m surprised on how balanced this is. The smoke is not overpowering and the roast, cocoa and earthy malt makes it pretty cohesive. Maybe a mild hint of licorice. I don’t like smoked malt in any brew. Body is medium plus with a dry smokey texture. That being said, this has high drinkability.
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler October 28 2015. Pours black with a nice creamy beige head. Aromas of smoky malt chocolate and notes of coffee. Taste is well balanced and we’ll done.
WillRunForBeer (2253) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle dated 10/28/15, shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, smoke. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, smoke. This has a nice balance of smoke and malt.
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with tan head. Smells like smoky wood and chocolate. Flavor ends a bit rough. Not the biggest fan.