RobertDale (4350) - 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.
sonnycheeba (4296) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with frothy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roast malt, caramel, earthy hops, plums, figs, smoke, and light coffee. Flavor is roast malt forward with heavy smoke, pork, earthy hops, dark fruit esters, and dark chocolate; dry, smokey finish. medium body and carbonation.
maxwelldeux (4171) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose is definitely very smokey, which is awesome. Tastes dark and malty, and with a great amount of smoke. Very light and easy for something based off a porter. I like it.
Aniela (4156) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Rattle & Hum NYC sept 2012. Black beer with a tanned big lacy head. Vanilla, coffee, tar, licorice, chocolate aroma. Tar, licorice, viola, coffe flavour with nice chocolate notes.
zvikar (4070) - 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
Butters (3967) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark brown with no head. Mildly smokey, not overly done. Mild earthy smoke, caramel, roast, with backflavor of ham. Not amazing. But not a disappointment.
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
26 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tannish head. Nose is smoke with hints of coffee and molasses. Silky medium body with a faint tingle. Taste is caramel, coffee, cola and smoke. As it warms more fruity with raisin and plum, the sweetness helping to balance the smoke.
queenholly (3559) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smoky meaty, chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with a thin ring of bubbles. Smoky peaty malt, slightly meaty, coffee, chocolate flavor, with a light roasty finish. Slightly artificial type sweetness. Light to medium body, soft carbonation.
superspak (3509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, August 2012 bottling. Pours clear almost pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, smoke, light char, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Decent aromas with solid balance and complexity of roasted notes; but a bit too fruity. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, toast, molasses, smoke, light char, dark bread, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, raisin, molasses, smoke, light char, dark bread, light wood, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good balance and complexity of roasted flavors with moderate smokiness; fair amount of robustness; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid smoked porter. A bit too fruity in the aromas, but has some solid balance of roasted flavor and smokiness; and is very smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a black color with a medium beige head. Average aroma of slightly smoked and roasted malt. Average flavor of smoked and roasted malt with a mild bitter finish. The body is light with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, but very forgetable.