DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As either luck or serendipity would have it this is my 3rd consecutive Ithaca quaffing and rating tonight. Pours dark brown with 1-finger clingy off-tan head. Nose is peaty earthy brown sugar, slight rauchy dark malt, hops, mild PVC wafts...pretty significant rauchy nose here. Tastes rich, very rauchy,m with dark malt, brown sugar, some molasses sweetness, bacon, and a ton of complexity. This one is so good I;m giving all comers 24 hours to get to Caponeís and get more. After that, I;m buying it all up (Cue Evil Laugh). Itís mine, all MINE, I tell you!!!
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In my three or so smoked porters I have noticed one thing. They usually taste pretty much the same as the last one. Itís like Iron Maiden though, every song may be the same, but itís a damn good song. Rock on.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of the legend known as psprings - thanks, Paul! Pours black with a ruby tint around the edges and a cascading brown head of foam. Looks sexy. Smells and tastes of smoked malt, molasses, and cola, and black bread. I could drink A LOT of this.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really, really enjoyed this brew. Smell is powerful, smokey roasted malts. Pours a dark brown with an average-sized tan head - it looked gorges (sorry, couldnít resist). First sip and youíre blown away by roasted coffee malts, big smokiness. Goes down pretty thick, but very smooth. One of the finer porters Iíve had lately. Excellent beer.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice woody oak, burning branches aroma. Big deep roasty flavor with plenty of appealing smoke notes..Not overly smokey, but a goood amount to keep it balanced with backing sweet malt. Tobacco leaves, coffee, oak in the flavor again. Really smooth and luscious mouthfeel. This is very good.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, best by January or February 2010, I forget which and am too lazy to get up again to get the bottle. Aroma of smoked malt, a touch of campfire even, and, wait, even some meats as it warms, loads of milk/semisweet chocolate. Flavor solidly roasted with a bit of the smoke, not as smoky overall as the aroma, but more distinctly campfiery. A creaminess persists that is so entwined with the milk chocolate that itís hard to tell them apart, almost milkshake-like at times. Though it isnít smoky for the style listed (just a bit over the border between the smoked porters we call smokeds and those we call porters), I have to call this one terribly underrated, though it seems recent ratings agree with me.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with minimal tan head. Nice roasted and smoked nose. Flavor is thick malts. Definite roasted and smoked aspect there. Consistent flavor profile. Smooth liquid feel with a slightly biting carbonation. A nice porter to drink. Definitely worth trying.
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the smoothest smoked porter Iíve ever tasted. It has a subtle smoked almost ham smell - delicious. Itís dark , almost burgundy but not
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly deep brown with red tint. Thereís little head, but a small ring of off-white head lingers. Aroma of dark fruit and roasted nuts. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The roasted flavor lingers (guess thatís the smoked part?). Very little bitterness. In fact, this is quite smooth and creamy. Iím very impressed. The flavor is fairly basic, but the smoothness and creaminess bring it to another level.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany. Lathery off-white foam turns rocky as it sits. Refined aroma of smoky phenolics, unsweetened chocolate, and toffee-glazed fresh bread. Marginally airy. Lush, dense carbonation, but somewhat feisty. Smoky phenols bolster the initially airy body. Invigorating tandem of evergreen alcohol and cedar underlines the rich envelopment of smoke. Glimpse of soured plum acidity lessens the lush malt richness, but eventually succumbs to a tongue-blanketing bready malt sweep. Tangy interplay of jerky and medicinal sassafras buoys the thicker malts. Finishes gorgeously understated as the alcohol lends a cool dryness on the exhale, but still replete with semi-sweet chocolate which counters the dry edge of roast amid lingering notes of smoked bacon. Despite the misleading name (this is more akin to an ordinary smoked ale, given its lack of roastiness and prominent fruity esters), along with the heavy airiness and fruitiness, a few minor adjusments could really turn this into something lovely. Thanks, IPFreely.