jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Rich Os. Deep brown body, approaching black. Short, fizzy tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is smokey, with notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cookie, resin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning velvety, thicker in the finish, average carbonation. This beer makes a good first impression. Its aroma is promising. After several ounces, however, its sweetness, especially in the finish, didn’t work well with the smokey taste and the slightly metallic flavor. Not a deal breaker, but a disappointment.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a weak dark brown head. Dark burnt and particularly smoked malts in the head. Quite smoky beer. There’s the obvious burnt dark malts that hit you first and then the huge smoky flavor. The smoky flavor is there on the finish and the aftertaste. One of the best American smoked beers that comes to mind. Highly recommended.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a lovely shinny oily near black with a fine fizzy head. At first you can smell some of that smoke but the hard roast dry chocolate cookie smell, reminiscent of last years, takes over. Flavor follows the same, hard roast is slightly astringent, dry chocolate cookie, some light dark fruit, but again the roast over powers, dry with a long ashtray finish. Medium bodied, carbonation is smaller but corse, lightly oily but leaves mouth with a dry ashy feeling. Some really nice things in here, but some things I don’t like as well. The alcohol is very nice though!
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out pretty black with a dark tan head. Aroma reminds me of damp wood, charcoal grilled ham, and earthy malts. Interesting smell indeed. But it doesn’t quite work in the flavor. The same damp wood and ham come into the flavor, as well as smokiness and charcoal. Since it advertises itself as a porter I was hoping for some chocolate tones of any kind, and found none. But, in its defense, it might be one of the best Smoked beers I ever tried. Nicely balanced with malt and hop bitterness, and wonderful mouthfeel. I’m just not a fan of the overall taste.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with dark brown head. Thick mouth feel with smoke and sweet malt flavor.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy 1/8 inch cap of tan foam.
Aroma: Smokey ham rind, liquid smoke, light roast.
Taste: Smoked ham, spicy roast, dark chocolate, coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great levels of smokiness.
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts with a touch of smoke. Burnt malt flavor with a little sweetness and some smokiness. Not as much smoked flavor as I was hoping for. Medum body with moderate carbonation. A nice brew.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour - mildly viscous - dark tan head - nice mix of roasted, black malts and smokey char in the nose - creamy mouthfeel - some sweetness cut with a moderate acidity up front - becomes moderately bitter through the middle - intensely roasty - never astringent, despite the bitterness and acidity - the smoke is not as forward as I would like, but it mixes nicely with the roast of the malt, and generates a nice warming campfire feeling - lingering char in the finish - nice balance - nice body - much better than the smoked baltic that Great Divide put out earlier this year, and for the price of a bomber of that, I can get a sixer of this - kudos, Left Hand.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. Aromatic standouts are milk chocolate and smoked meat. Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation. The flavor is sweet, chocolaty and moderately bitter with a mild, smoky undertone. Finishes roasty and modestly bitter with a huge mocha component.
HonkeyBra (2858) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/blackish pour, tan head. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, oreos. Light ashy bitterness, some meat. Flavor is smokey with dark chocolate, medium to heavy bitterness, umami. Fairly strong alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Finishes bitter. Pretty good.