j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown to black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Soft smoke and some wood and dark fruit. Medium bodied, nice roast, softly warming alcohol with chocolate tones and chewy roast. Subtle chocolate and warm gentle alcohol with some dark cherry hints. Finishes slow and roasty with more warming alcohol and soft smoke. Nicely done.
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a thin offwhite head that sticks around the rim of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, nutty notes and a faintly sweet finish. The taste is roasted malts, smoke, apples, nutty notes and a faint caramel finish along with some bitter hop notes. A little on the thin side, but its well balances and I’m liking it quite a bit.
Nephilium (1263) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This starts with a nice roast and smokey aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Pours an opaque black, with a tight cap of light tan head. Very smooth roasted flavor, that finishes with a nice touch of smoke. Clean on the palate, and very drinkable. This is a good tasty beer for the winter months.
aej9374 (12) - Derby, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent beer. Smoked cheese, coffee. A lot like the Smoke Jumper. Or a Milk stout on steroids.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you bro! Pours deep brown with pale white head. Very salty aroma similar to bacon (thanks andy). Similar taste. Tasted like smoked meat and malt. Very tasty. Wish I could remember volume 1 better, but I am very fond of this.
BeerandBlues2 (9100) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, near opaque with an average, frothy tan head, medium-long retention with fair to light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke, ash, prune, and wood. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke, ash, prune, peat, and wood. Full body, medium warmth, carbonation, and creaminess with a dry finish.
llcooldave (1033) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle purchased from Vino e Formaggio in Front Royal, VA. Very black in the glass. Light barely penetrate, but what light does penetrate it has a touch of red in it. Deep dark chocolate flavors with a slight touch of smoke at the end. Some sweet smoke aroma, reminiscent of Pinon wood followed by roasted espresso. Overall, this is very good. I’ll have to get more...
stangger (582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt aroma. Taste is mostly malty, some smokiness, some hop presence hiding, definitely some alcohol. Finish is quite bitter and smoky, maybe a bit bourbony.
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin beige head. Aroma is roast, light sweetness, and a little smoke. Flavor is sweet and chocolatey turning roasty and lightly bitter toward the finish with smokiness layered throughout.
jcr (2112) - 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.