hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. This one poured all head...and I mean ALLLL head. Not a gusher, but a slow creeper. Black with a tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, peat, some meats, and ash. Tastes of chocolate, smoked meats, earth, roast, and caramel.
jrodooo5 (1153) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm, nothing too spectacular going on here but it’s a nice porter overall. The pour is black w/ a thin tan head that leaves a ring of lacing. The aroma is softly smokey. The taste is a little coco up front w/ the smokiness taking over the middle & end. The body is a bit thin & beefing this beer up could really go along ways!
pete4999 (1179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Different logo than the current picture though. Not as heavy on the smoke as I was expecting, which is fine because I’m a not a huge fan of the heavy smoked beers. Sweet, heavy in the coffee flavor actually. Kinda tastes like a sweet stout with smoked malt, something like the Left Hand Milk Stout or something.
PhillyCraft (3710) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sample from Nate at bainbridge. Pours brown with light to medium coffee head, not much lace. Thick but not sticky and somewhat refreshing for style. Notes of chocolate malt, smoked almond, roast, peat, and light barrel. Nice
malrubius (2003) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Liquor Outlet. Dark dark brown with thick coffee ice cream head and lace. Mild smoky aroma with raisiny fruit coffee chocolate cinnamon and sourdough bread. Very mild chocolate roasted coffee smoke and fig/raisin fruitiness. Roasted ashy fruity chocolate sweet finish. I realize you don’t want too much hops against the smoke, but some hops are definitely needed here. Surprisingly thin and watery feeling. Soft carbo. Meh.
sonnycheeba (4100) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at brewery. Pours dark brown with thin, beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, light smoke, faint pork, and faint dark fruits. Flavor is dry, roast malts, chocolate, earthy hops, and some dark fruit sweetness; good flavor, but a little too thin. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.
snoworsummer (2959) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin, fizzy tan head. Tastes like strong roasted grains, malt, toast, booze. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like nutty, roasted grains with light burnt toast.
JHeath99 (1309) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight from the brewery. Pours an opaque black with toffee colored head. Aroma of smoke and meat. Taste of is very smokey, with some coffee hints.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2014 Sampled on draft this beer poured a black color with a large dark brown head that left good lacing. The aroma was smoke, bacon and wood. The flavor was roasty smoke and bacon. Tasty but lacking in complexity. Long bacon finish. Medium body.
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer, recent US trip. Balanced in smoke but a bit too bitter. Black with a little head. Worth a try.
x92281 (2) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dastardly appearnce of inky black goodness. Invites an extra long gulp with milky smoothness. Ingredients engage in a polite battle in your mouth for dominance, but generally doesn’t stay long enough for a true winner to emerge, resulting in another quick swig to reestablish the battle. Very drinkable, lighter than appears and great addition to Irish beer arsenal.