zvikar (2568) - 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
queenholly (2565) - 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.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by MikeLovesBeer.com. Never really been too keen on smoked beers but this one wasn’t too bad. Smokey..yes but not to the point where I was turned off by it. One I’d like to try again.
Beerdedone (2460) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke and chocolate. Flavor was smokey with roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of caramel and a hint of coffee with a nice roasted finish.
Ron (2312) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012 Flour City Brewers’ Fest. Dark pour with a tan head, some lacing. Aroma of coco and smoke. Some caramel in the flavor mixed with chocolate and a smoky charr. ok
Aniela (2294) - 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.
adrian910ss (2273) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a black cola with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, leather and hints of smoke. Taste of malt, chocolate, hints of smoke and faint charr.
BREWMUSKCLES (2142) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
black and smokey as well as chalky brew with decent sweetish hint of cocoa and even less so caramel. moderate body making this a bit like a cigar that has been in your mouth and unlit for an hour ... with a dash of salt.
superspak (2112) - 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.
ROGUE (2086) - 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.