Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at The Pony Bar HK, NYC. Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma holds a bit of dark candies, light char and modest smokey malts. Nice flavor, medium sweet, well rounded, sturdy but not oppressive smokiness, some earthy bitterness, a bit of char, some soft brown sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish with lingering, lightly charry roast, further restrained smoked malts, very light ham, some dark bread. It’s a very decent smoked beer. Good job, Magic Hat.
Lubiere (9320) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A deep dark brown ale with a thick brown head. In aroma, a peaty chocolate with light boiled veggies, pepper, so-so. In mouth, a rather smooth peaty malt with faint chocolate. Tasted with GRM, Puskinwow, Boutip, Ian, Mike on Sept. 7 2012.
rlgk (9034) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Rattle&Hum, NYC. Black beer with a creamy beige head. Malty roasted aroma, vinous, smoked, chocolate, cocoa powder, licorice and tar, fig notes. Malty chocolate flavor, vanilla, milk, hay, peat, rather roasted, figs, dades, vinous notes, plums, some ash and with rather spicy notes. Chocolate finish with figs, peat and bitter hops. Good beer!
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is meat, smoke, wood, spicy hops, caramel malt and dates. Flavor is malt forward with smoke, wood, dates, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
So-so smoked beer. The smoke is there but the porter is rather subdued. Black with head and smoke aroma. Mouthfeel less than average. So-so drinkability.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick jet black and turbid with 1-finger tan head. Nose is roasty black patent malt, chocolate malt, rauchy smoked malt, cacao, molasses. Tastes of smoked chocolate and patent malts, mild cacao, anise, hops, and a dry finish. Finishes a bit flat.
shrubber85 (6811) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Smoke, lactic chocolate and coffee malt aroma. Very dark brown with minimal head. Wood smoke, chocolate malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Okay.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Smoked malts, lighter roasted and sweet malts, faint earthy notes. Solid smokey finish. Very easy drinking.
swoopjones (5250) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Coles, black pour, chocolate notes, light smoke, roasted maltiness. lighter mouthfeel, smoke content would fall short of a true smoked beer. Not overlysmoked but its better than I thought it would be. ok
DSG (4932) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks YK23 & eyes_wide_shut. Very dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smokiness and some licorice. Sweetish flavor with smokiness, chocolate, a bit of caramel, licorice notes and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.