ABUSEDGOAT (2157) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, moderate head, good retention, blah lacing. Aroma is exactly what youíd expect... very smokey with roast, caramel, chocolate, coffee and light hops. Flavor brings this, medium to heavy body with a fair amount of smoke. Very enjoyable. Alchol is hidden perfectly. The best beer Iíve had from them easily.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Large and persistent tan head atop a brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, overwhelmingly smoked Gouda, some caramel, chocolate. Initially taste is medium sweet, chocolate, caramel, some smoke, roast, earthy. As it warms, however, the smoke really asserts itself, pairing nicely with the chocolate character. Alcohol is hardly noticeable despite the ABV. Smooth medium body, dangerously drinkable.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was smoked sausage and chocolate with an espresso note. A nice ashtray smoky phenolic led the charge followed by some strong chocolate and coffee with a backbone of malt. The beer poured clear black with an amber hue and a tall tan head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass. The flavor was malty with caramel and chocolate held in place with a strong smoky presence, like summer sausage. Some espresso coffee was notable with a lightly grassy hop presence behind the smoke and mirrors facade. The body was medium full and with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A very well achieved smoked beer with only slight hints at the true alcohol content of the brew, due to how smooth and drinkable the beer actually was. A winner, no doubt! 750 ml corked and bailed bottle.
Braudog (5347) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I unwinded the metal cap with the $15 pricetag and uncorked this beauty in a venture to warm my insides on this cold Virginia evening. The aroma of a well-used firepit wafted to my nose promising that comforting warmth ... the crimson brown elixir looks warm enough. The first sip is a bit of a surprise, with more a sweetness factor than Iíd expected. The more I drink, the more Iím perplexed by this beer. While there is a definite ashy smokiness, thereís also a combination of pine, bitter chocolate, and that lingering sweet, almost molassas bite. Not as good as Iíd hoped for $15! (#2706, 2/15/2007)
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 from JimboWood. Pours an opaque dark brown with a substantial and lacy tan head. Bacon and chocolate -n the nose - which turns out to be a pretty inviting smell. Full body. Chocolate, molasses and smoke taste, but the smoke never overpowers - this is a well rounded beer that even does a good job of hiding the alcohol.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, courtesy the kind generosity of BitBucket. Amazing stuff. Pours a deep opaque black with a thick, fluffy tan head that sticks around. Big smoke, chocolate, and bacon nose. Lovely forward attack with plenty of deep hibachi smoke, roast, chocolate, and thick oily meaty flavors on top of a medium-high body. Tingly bitter finish, more smoke than resin, but a bit of resin in there as well. If there was a bit higher body and deeper flavors, this would be a true world-beater of a beer--as it is, itís pretty fantastic.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet and smoked malts with some chocolate. Flavor is sweet malt and smoke with a a bitter chocolate finish.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this one form BeerandBlues2. Pours a dark muddy brown with a big foamy brown head. Barbque smoke character with some chocolate and roast. Maybe even a touch of hop aroma? Smoke leads the way over the tongue, but isnít overly domanate. Nice chocolatey flavor with a sort of slick mouthfeel.
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick brown head. Tones of smoke in aroma like smoked sausage. Also hint of coffee and some malt. Would go excellent with any smoked food.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown core; light tan head with web-like lacing. Generous smoke, charred malt, and dark chocolate aroma. Full, dense, smoky mouthfeel: charred and roasted malts; pleasant robust porter maltiness underneath; well put-together. Long, smoky and charred malt finish.