RobertDale (3651) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, caramel, and coffee. Missed the mark.
BlackHaddock (4009) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Son-in-Law and I shared a 0.73 litre bottle he brought back from Philadelphia last year: it was broached on 6th Feb 2014, smoking!
One of the most intensely smoked beers I’ve ever had, I struggled to pick up any other flavours at first because of the burnt smoky depth it had. Slowly dark chocolate and ground coffee esters began to fight their way through the ashtray style feel.
We managed to finish it off, just: we’ll not be having another.
I’ve tried to score it objectively.
solidfunk (4304) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of an average smoked beer. Not much sense of a porter here. Pours dark brown with decent head and lacing. Finishes burnt bitter. Not a huge taste and palate a little simple. Bottle.
jgb9348 (4810) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown body with a nice, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, peat, roasted peanuts, earth, caramel and a nice smooth pit fruit flavour. Medium-bodied; Dense earthy flavour of peat, smoked malt, caramel, toffee and a bit of hazlenuts. Aftertaste shows some subdued sweetness, a lot of smoked grain and a touch of specialty grains, some pumpkin and squash and a bit of raisins. Overall,a nice beer and a good smoked option! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased a few minutes ago from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 01-November-2013 for US$3.00, yes 3 Dollars for the 750 mL bottle!!!, sampled a few minutes later on 01-November-2013 in my hotel room here in New York.
BOSSbrewer (1889) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours jet black. Minimal heat that dissipates quickly. Aroma of smoke and malt. Lots and lots of smoke in the flavor. Also chocolate. Medium bodied and finishes dry. Thanks to Ryan P for this one.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle via trade - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is a doughy toasted malt, smoke, and light chocolate. Flavor is smoke, lightly sweetened roasted malt, and chocolate. The sweet malt lingers a bit, but it finishes kinda dry. Medium to full body. Boy, this one just won’t go away.
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks YK23 & eyes_wide_shut. Pours dark brown with a nice head, aroma is smoked with coffee, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, wood and soil, flavor of coffee, chocolate, brandy a touch of peat, medium bodied
ROGUE (2120) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at tasting. Pours a dark black color with a two finger tan head. Aroma of smoked and roasted malts, peat, vanilla. Taste has lots of dark caramel upfront with notes of smoke, along with a bit of clove and molasses in the middle with a finish of toast and caramel. Medium to thick body and light carbonation.
kerenmk (2519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks YK23 & eyes_wide_shut. Dark brown with tan ring. Smoke, ash and ink aroma, smoky and rather dry taste. Smooth texture, full body and smoky finish.
tomer (1754) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At a tasting, many thanks YK23 & eyes_wide_shut, murky dark brown colour aroma of dried horse droppings, porcini mushrooms, mud, smoke, composte and some dark bread in the back, flavour of dark bread with soome dried fruits, caramel and a hint of smoke and charred wood, medium to light body. Could be excellent with a little more body, but still very good.