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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This is the beer that started the brewery. Named after the ancient homeland of the Laveryís. It is rich, dark and smoky. Not for the faint of heart but thatís how we intended it. It has taste of bacon, which is one of the most beautiful images I can image; a bacon beer. A solid earthy hop bitterness with a little astringency from the dark malts. This beer has no better pair than excellent Vermont Cheddar cheese.


hopdog's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11071) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2012
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (940) - Apopka, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
On tap. Black in color with small beige head. Aroma is smoky with a bit of roasted chocolate malt. Mildly sweet with heavy smoke character. Medium bodied. I love smoked beers, and if you do, make sure to grab this if you can. Itís damned good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle--thanks, Thomas! Smoky sweet toasted hazelnut, vanilla, and faint mocha and some zesty hops. Clear but almost opaque garnet-black under a lasting, light brown flannel blanket. Sweet toasted hazelnut flavour with bitter dark chocolate and transcendent smoke that is not phenolic. Slightly spicy. Medium full body, medium high carbonation, smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Apparently some of these bottles are gushers but I had no such problem. Pours viscous and pitch black with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing. Smokey dark malt aroma with subtle hints of charcoal, campfire and smoked meat followed by toast and roasted coffee bean. Decent smoke character but not overwhelming with sweet molasses, dark chocolate and toffee notes balancing things out. Medium bodied with a subtle smoke character that isnít nearly as strong as the nose suggests with lots of sweetness balancing things out. Slightly dry and acrid with some charcoal and burnt malt flavor countered by dark fruit, chocolate cake, oatmeal and coffee bean. Pretty clean until the finish which is very dry and earthy. Decently balanced and drinkable but has a bit tamer smoke character than I prefer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3606) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle shared by someone Friday night, thanks for the opportunity! Deep brown color, tan head. Rich caramel and hints of brown sugar along with a solid shot of smoked pork shoulder. A bit smokey for my tastes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1442) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2015
Hmm, nothing too spectacular going on here but itís 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1408) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Different logo than the current picture though. Not as heavy on the smoke as I was expecting, which is fine because Iím 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (5353) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2014
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

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2489) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2014
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 donít want too much hops against the smoke, but some hops are definitely needed here. Surprisingly thin and watery feeling. Soft carbo. Meh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (4876) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (4391) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2014
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.


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