cblado (298) - Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark, nearly opaque brown. When held up to the light one can see a bit of deep amber, but thatís it. Itís easy to see this is a full-bodied brew. A bit of a tan head stuck around. Smoked, malty aroma, very mild. But the flavor, wow. Smoked flavor really cut through, but it gave way quickly to a sustained malt taste with delicious chocolate notes. Again, this is a full-bodied beer, and one can definitely feel it. I was a bit disappointed that the smoke flavor didnít linger, but some may enjoy its nuanced character. Overall a great porter.
thomashall (642) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared. Dark black pour. Aroma is nice smoke, some bandaid. Taste is money, beef jerky. This is pretty good.
BVery (9514) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Rich dense dark pour with a soapy head. Some band aid on aroma - too bad. Taste doesnít suffer - mild beer jerkey. Solid.
rxeight (2516) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz 2016 thumbprint. Black thin khaki head. Aroma is smoke. Flavor is smoked malt. Slight chocolate. Band aid flavor on the finish.
muzzlehatch (4621) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Badger Spirits in Janesville, WI (July 2016), served at cellar temperature in a New Glarus Glass. Not-quite-opaque black body topped by a very creamy taupe head, slowly diminishing...light to moderate smokiness in the nose, mostly typical porter dark roasted malts; I know porters are pretty popular to hit with the smoker, but this is not the first time Iíve thought that the Germans have had it right all along - smoking lagers gives you a stronger smoky intensity just about every time; if youíre using smoked malt in something that already has a lot of roastiness and sometimes comes off as smoky, whatís the point? anyway itís a nice nose, but itís got nothing on Schlenkerla thatís for sure...on the tongue, itís a bit more distinctive I think, with a lovely velvety semi-sweet initial flavor, lots of sweet caramelized malts here, giving way slowly but implacably to an almost overwhelming finishing bitterness and burnt character that verges on harshness...the full body and soft mouthfeel and low-to-moderate carbonation are well-judged, and this ends up a pretty impressive experience after all, even if itís not going to displace any of my favorite smoked lagers anytime soon...
Patrickctenchi (5949) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a small, dark tan head.
Smoke, chocolate, tobacco scent.
Sweet, smoky chocolate malt, roast...the applewood comes through nicely....
A little sweet and on the light side, but still, a pretty stellar smoked offering.
tmoreau (3628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, a modest layer of tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, mocha notes, smoke & char, with a hint that may have been meaty, but came off to me as fabric Band-Aid. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was as the aroma, less the tape, but not the presentable smoke & char. Mellow roasted & earthy bitterness, without a typical tannic astringency. A decent Smoked brew.
DuffMan (9500) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2016 shared at the Grand Tasting after-party in the hotel lobby. Bottle. Dark amber brown. Moderate meaty smoke, brown bread crusts, excellent balance.
MrTipple (3565) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoked flavours, dark, toasted malts, coffee. Hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, off-white head. Light bitter. More toasted, dark malts, cacao, coffee, soft carbonation. Very nice Smoked, well-balanced. Keg at The Old Fashioned, Madison, WI.
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a very small head. Aroma is rounded smokiness and subtle anise. Restrained and simple, but nice. Taste is balanced between smoked barley, light hops, and a faint sweetness that I canít quite peg. Medium-thin, but smooth and has a long finish. Overall, smoked beers can get overpowering pretty quickly, and arenít always my favorite. However, this one has great balance and Is probably one of the best smoked beers Iíve ever had.
andyhwcinc (1821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha, WI; enjoyed at a vacation home for a family reunion in Lake Delavan, WI. Appearance is pitch black with a rich dark tan head. Aroma of smoked malt and chocolate, smells pretty good. Taste is very good, reminds me of Schlenkerla, rich in smoke and not heavy, light chocolate profile. I like this very much.