Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at el bait shop in des moines. Most smoked beers either a) are overly smokey without much else going on, or b) posses so little smoke that the beer shouldn’t be touted as smoked at all. This beer does a great job of finding the elusive middle ground. Plenty of smoke, but its set against a real beer. Best thing I’ve had from left hand.
bnokk (73) - Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle ~2 yrs old.
APPEARANCE – perfect black beer, light tan head with good lacing.
NOSE - very good smoke / malty balance.
FLAVOR - excellent smokey porter! Perfect balance of smoke and porter flavor.
NOTES - It takes a bold beer to live up to the label.... and this does.
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
26.11.2014, 0,65l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and smoked, dark malts, smoked bacon crisps, caramel, licorice, grass, chocolate pudding. Taste is slightly rich, dark malts, licorice, paper, medicine, sour coffee, smoke, grass. Medium bitterness, slightly harsh medical mouthfeel. Nice enough.
ej (913) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle(d) 02/07/12 Pours a dark brown looking black in the glass. Creamy tan head. Aroma is heavy smoke, like smoked meat/bacon, notes of ham and roasted malts. Also some coffe. Taste is very well balanced. Smokey notes blend well with nutty and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Close to full bodied with soft to avg co2 levels. A little warming. Pretty awesome.
ClubGonzo (4498) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a jet black body with a small beige head. Nose is bacon crisp, chocolate, juniper wood, herbal tones, caramel, pork rinds, hints of licorice and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate and milk chocolate, smoke, brown sugar, ashes, licorice, hints of caramel, brown bread and coffee. Full body, medium carbonation. Lovely balanced smoked porter, a real treat.
Nische (1028) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of smoked, sweet malt, campfire smoke and beef jerky. Well balanced smokiness behind the chocolate and roasted malt tones.
ansalon (1735) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a fairly large frothy light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, smoked bacon, tar, brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, coffee, slight roasted malty notes, smoked bacon, slight liqourice and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with medium carbonation. Very well balanced with the smoky notes quite well integrated.
tillmac62 (356) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
BBD 3/24/19. Yes, the stamp says 2019. Pitch black pour with an average head, below average retention and above average lacing. The nose is charred oak like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness with hints of dark fruit and chocolate. As it warms, light alcohol notes are noted and chocolate becomes more prevalent. Almost full bodied with a very rich creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with almost no effervescence in the finish. The World Class flavor profile is intense, yet masterfully balanced between smoke, caramel sweetness and mild bitterness. It is quite complex from the middle to the finish. It begins with a rush of oak like, rather than bacon such as in the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers, smoke with a rough charred nature - just like a Smoke Jumper would encounter - that coats the tongue in an oily onslaught. The sweet caramel background, with hints of vanilla and heavy chocolate notes, melds with it and slowly the bitterness and roast characteristics emerge. The exceptional finish is a blending of all previous flavors and the dark fruit characteristics finally get a chance to emerge against a rich chocolate background. As it warms, the vanilla component becomes quite evident in the finish. As everything fades, a nice residual smokiness sweetly coats the tongue and a low level alcohol burn tickles the back of the throat. Truly a World Class offering from Left Hand and the most flavorful smoked porter I’ve ever had the privilege to drink.
bierstein82 (12) - - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it Out of the bottle. Nice one finger toffee colored head. Very dark. Has a nice aroma of smoke, peat, and coffee. Tastes of charred wood and dark roast coffee. Very palatable leaves a lingering smoke taste. Reminds me of sitting next to a bonfire. Paired well with blackened tuna steaks.
Zekada (375) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from systembolaget. Smell is heavy smoke, some beef jerky and bacon, campfire and a little hint chocolates. Pours black with a small brown head. Taste is smokey and dark with some roasted malts. Palate is surprisingly fresh and a little oily. Overall one of the better smoked beers I’ve had. Worth a try.