Leini (841) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Deep brown body with a large tan head. A nice balance between roasted malt, chocolate and campfire.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome aroma of chocolate, roast, smoke and all perfectly well balanced. The flavor characteristics are equally as good a blanced. Aperfect brewe.
rondphoto (2080) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque black, good rim head, swirls of lace. Taste is solid, mainline malt that adds just a wisp of smoke in the palate, then a bit of hops comes along as it moves effortlessly to a lingering finish. Chewy, understated, really satisfying to drink.
superspak (2681) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/24/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, molasses, light char, light dark fruits, herbal hops, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, wood smoke, light char, light dark fruit, herbal hops, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, wood smoke, light char, light dark fruit, herbal hop, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial smoked porter! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Darkmagus82 (1727) - - AUG 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-12-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of chocolate and smoke. Other aromas of coffee, caramel, char, and some dark fruit mix with the former to produce a quite nice smell.
Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some sweeter flavors of the dark fruit and the caramel that were detected in the nose then start to enter the taste. While these sweeten the flavor in the middle of the taste, a smokiness soon starts to come to the tongue. With the arrival of the smoky flavors the sweet flavors seem to fade and the roasted flavors seem to intensity. This coupled with some char and burnt tastes coming to the tongue, along with a light alcohol taste, overall create a very roasted and warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body is wonderful for the dark and smoke flavors and complemented well by the warming alcohol taste.
Overall – Quite delicious. It has a nice semi- sweet and smoky porter and one to give a try
if you have a chance.
andrewje41 (511) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split pour. Pours coffee black with a nice, super smokey aroma. Wow. Incredible beer. Full of smoked flavor with a nice chocolate background. Very impressed. Memorable. Solid beer. Loved it.
KyotoLefty (6559) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. black and almost flat. Meaty flavor of chocolate, soy sauce, smoke. rich and tasty, though not hugely smoked.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2162) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Hanshin Seed Event. Black pour tan head. First impression: bacon. Then more of a honeyed ham the second time around. Smooth mouthfeel, the flavor is solid smoked ham & mesquite. Good stuff.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent smokey porter. Rich, hairy and full. A tad short on the finish, but otherwise top notch. Better than the Alaskan smoked IMHO.
ttroha (296) - Americus, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Aroma of booze, molasses, and hops. Taste of smoke, molasses and bitter hops. Tangy aftertaste with sweetness at the back end. Very good