Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle pours mighty dark with dark brown edges and short lived dark tan head of semi loose foam. The aroma comes across as a tad tart and hinting at red wine like qualities. In front of those notes are slightly larger odors of vague roasted maltiness and really little else. The taste begins with the same modest levels of tart red wine and it has thin swirls of dark roasted malts and maybe some black strap molasses. I think there are echoes of severely blunted smoke notes off in the background. Into the finish dark roasted malts become a bit more assertive and nearly cover up the tartness.
Dogbrick (7687) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 02/09/2012. Pours dark brown with a medium light beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Slight smoked malt in the nose. Light body with a dull smoky malt character and a vegetable flavor in the background. Below average overall.
joet (2139) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Vegetal aromas, pan flavors, thin, watery. Tastes very damaged. Bought from Whole Foods at a premium. Very disappointed. Drain pour. I found out the hard way that this one is also unsuitable for cooking in most applications. Maybe useful as a snail killer.
BuckeyeBoy (2650) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to daknole. Pours out a dark brown topped with a small tan head. Aroma was of light smoke maybe a little BBQ Pork along with some rich malts. Taste was more of the smoke along with some bitterness.
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Smoke, toasted malt and a lightly tart note in the nose. Flavor is smoke and roasted malt, not much else going on. Not as bad as some have made it out to be, but not so great either.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a three finger tan head. The nose is light smoke, milk chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is burnt malt, ashy cocoa and light coffee in the finish. Dry medium mouthfeel. Not very smoky for the style but nothing offensive either.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark beer with ruby high lights when held against the light. Foamy beige head. Nose of some smoked grains and a cola sweetness. The dominant flavor in this is burnt buttered popcorn. Maybe burnt caramel corn. There is some greasy bacon and stale campfire, but the butter is over all of it. The finish shows more of the smoked wood notes, I think something is a little off here.
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz local bottle...this should be interesting. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a medium tan head and a little lacing. Pretty light aroma that only lightly hints at smoke or BBQ. Pretty tame flavour too. Tastes like a fairly benign porter with only a little spice and smoke added. Relatively short finish with some lingering campfire tastes.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
12oz bottle from Whole Foods, Tustin. Dark brown pour with an off-white head, the aroma of the beer was of bacon that was, shall we say, well past it’s prime. Not much going on in the flavor beyond the taste of burnt pork rind. It was a drain pour.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks BuckeyeBoy!! - Pours thick dk brown with a small beige head...aroma is dk and smokey, salty olives, cocoa, gritty grain...flavour is thin and acrid, brute smoke, dry and bitter on the finish...