mnmike (1067) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade bottle into a snifter. Smoke smoke and more smoke here. Competes well with Surly Smoke.
mR_fr0g (5253) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at gbbf 2013. Hazed caramel colour halo of light tan head. Aroma is mapel sausage and light smoke. Sweetish. Brown malt flavour some mapel and roast in the finish. OK but a bit weird.
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh bottle shared with some friends. Poured clearish brown with light head and minimal lace. Light smokey profile with clean malt, wood, nuts and milk chocolate. Not that hoppy at all for Jack’s. A tad bit bitter in finish with a mix of cashews and cocoa. Nice.
ScipioA (382) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2013 Pours deep black with a big tan head that fades to just a skin. Nice aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Sweet chocolate malts really dominate the flavor here with a tiny bit of smoke. The smokiness really comes through as a greasy aftertaste, it’s a bit like smelling a campfire the morning after. The aftertaste also hosts a hint of hop bitterness, otherwise very little hoppiness here. Given the smoked beer category here on RB and the fact that smoke is in the name I was hoping for a bit more smokiness, but this is still a tasty dark lager! $2.99 at the big Walgreens downtown.
WillRunForBeer (1328) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a one finger beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a little underwhelming, some mineral and some smoke. Flavor is dark malt and smoke. It is thinner and more carbonated than it looks. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Goes great with bacon and eggs!
NachlamSie (2942) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 pack from that liquor store in Cambridge. This is a really nice smoked beer. It’s dark for a smoked lager, looks like cola. The nose has bacon fat, campfire, cacao and toffee. The flavor backs up the nose well with good genuine meaty smoke and hints of cola. Smoldering finish with ashiness. Very nice smoked beer.
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, caramel, & some chocolate; Flavor of smoky/burnt sweet malt, caramel, hops/grain, and some chocolate; Finish is slightly bitter; Different and good.
puboflyons (2494) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 25 fl. oz. bottle mfg: 03-07-13. The pour is a deep dark brown with regular carbonation building up to a soft, off-white head that lingers. The aroma has a nice smoky quality to it along with coffee and dark malts. The body is medium with a slight astringent feel to it. The taste is nicely smoked like the aroma with a light sweetness and a clean finish. It has many Porter characteristics.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Pro Pig. Pours nearly black, though brown. Good clarity, off tan head. Nose is like a smoked porter. on the lower side overall. Roast and cocoa, minimal hops noted. On tasting, low smoke and roast with some sweetness. Super clean with a good balance between all of the components. Great stuff.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Memory rate: very similar to the de la senne dark saison, more chocolate and sweetness but earthy and dry with hops shooting in and out, light smoke but so soft the dark saison comparison is appropriate. Balanced and pleasant, to drink and look at, with a rocky head that lasts.