northropfrye (2302) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I see a few other ratings mention the sour aspect, but not many, so I’m not sure if this is intentional or not, but there is a dominant sour note reminiscent of Belgian yeast. Dark brown with brown head. Malty and smokey flavour, with a sour barrel aged woody taste.
cards04 (1843) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite enjoyed this. Pours black with tan head. Smells faintly like smoke and some brett. Smoky flavours with a sour cherry and brett finish. Thin palate, but still really nice.
blackmetal (115) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not smoky at all but rather sweet. Drinks alright but not smooth enough and unnecessary aftertaste.
reebtogi (4360) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle pours black in color with a small light brown head which leaves a thin ring on the surface but very little lacing. Aroma is quite smoky with some roasted grains and hints of chocolate. Taste is also smoky with a roasted malt bitterness and chocolate malty sweetness and mild hop bitterness that fades to more smoke and a little alcohol burn. A very nicely done smoked porter.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good solid beer from one of the better brewers in Japan. Light smoke, this more about the poter underneath. Lots of chocolate an oily flint like body and a coffee espresso lite finish. Well put together.
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely smoked porter. Blackish body with minimal sixteenth of an inch of off-white head. Smokey aroma. Above average mouthfeel of peaty smoke, substantial smoke flavour and very porterish. Balanced, not over the top tasty stuff, malted backbone that makes it emminently drinkable.500 ml. from Presario.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This... doesn’t smell like smoke... at first. I stuck my nose into my ginormous glass as I poured expecting to smell BBQ aromas but it was mostly tinny can and some decomposing fruits. A bit later on the smoke aroma does come through though, you have to wait for it to warm up to you a little. It looks like an imperial porter(double dark) but with just a bit of head on pour and then it clears up quickly. This does taste fine enough, but if you were blind tasting you wouldn’t put the word Imperial in the description. After sitting a bit it does seem a bit oily and the smoke is really evident in the nose and flavour,it’s not quite overpowering, but the oiliness sure pushes the smoke agenda down your mouth hole. The % lingers on the tongue for just a moment before slipping away beneath the smoky depths. This is going to go very well with my seasonal BBQ’d steak, thank goodness for the chinook winds that allows me to BBQ in winter! (and for chinook hops, I also give much thanks!)
VertBaconStrips (2097) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pre-open prediction on this one: this should be one of the worst things I’ve opened all year. Well, I was quite wrong. Pretty much black - came out oily with a small dark brown cap that is creamy leaving spotty lacing. Excellent smoke aroma! Damn. Chocolate beyond the smoke, light fruit, hint of herbal. This is not quite overpowering but it’s close but I dig it. Smoky flavour, a bit sweet with some nice fruit, chocolate, nuts. Smooth feel. A gagging cough produced a hard smoke belch and tears.
patricks110 (1754) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My second smoked style beer. The pour is deep opaque black with a creamy everlasting beige head. Aroma is overly smoky with hints of caramel, nuts, huge roasted malts and alcohol. The taste is sweet, smooth malts with a not so subtle smoke taste on top. Nice alcohol burn (not that 7% is much of an Imperial style ABV) on the finish. Overall, a pretty solid beer.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
In short: A chocolaty smoked with a strong fresh mint and perfume flavor. This is fucked up.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed when probably 6 months to 1 year of age. Sent to me by presario. Thanks a lot Trevor
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Strange smoky nose. Lots of smoked but also weird scented notes of fresh mint leafs. Taste is smoky, meaty, lots of fresh mint leafs, milk chocolate, soya sauce, perfume. Very sweet. A clash of stuff. I’m not saying that flavors of fresh mint leafs and perfume cannot work in a beer. But that really did not work here. This bottle was an absolute mess. No sign of infection or oxidation at all. So I’m assuming that what I got was a “normal” bottle. Holly crap, this was one of the weirdest thing I ever had. And I’ve had lots of weird shit. The blend of flavors in this beer is gross, that’s Lay’s making potatoes chips with flavors of Sour Cream and Onions!!! Can you imagine that?