beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Nice aroma of peat smoke and coffee. Dark brown coffee color. Thin brown to tan head. Flavor was strong malts, with coffee, burnt caramel, and smokey. Bitter and a bit lively on the palate. Very nice overall, considering I do not care for smoked stouts.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at gingerman. Chocolate and roasted barley hulls. Touch of charcoal and rich dark malts. Big beer perfect for cold weather drinking... wanted a bit more smoke on this, but tasty overall.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ginger Man. Pours near black with a beige head. Medium smoked and roasted malts, nothing over the top, with a lighter sweetness, faint coffee, and a relatively dry smoked malty finish. Full bodied for the 4% ABV, and extremely sessionable. My pint disappeared in probably 15 minutes. Oops.
snoworsummer (1516) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy beige head. Tastes like smoke, malt, corn, grains, earth. Dry feel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like smoke, malt, and seltzer.
sonnycheeba (2979) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewery. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is smoked malts, milk chocolate, light roasted malts, light prunes, and faint vanilla. Flavor is dry roasted and smoked malts forward with some chocolate and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish with heavy carbonation leave a soda water finish. Medium body and high carbonation.
mansquito (3062) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Proletariat, NY tap: Pours black with small creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, bit of smoke, and a hint of chocolate. The peatiness of this beer is somewhat unwarranted coming from a true peat smeller such as myself. Taste isn’t too bad. Normal stoutish with just a hint of smoke. Not too impressed.
dvw1961 (1) - Newburgh, New York, USA - APR 17, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best local brewed Stout I have tasted. Smooth to drink with a pleasant smoky taste that leaves no bitter aftertaste. Doesnt give you that to full feeling. This one I could drink all night.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From another promising new brewery comes this smoky release. Draft from The Growler Station and also at Good Beer. Not that stout, more like a brown ale or porter, with a little orange and coffee, and plenty of peat smoke flavor. It tastes fairly robust, but the ABV is pretty low. Good stuff - I look forward to seeing more releases from Newburgh.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A medium-intensity roasted dark ale with smoked peat upfront. Easy to drink for the style
How: Tap at Tap-NY 2012
The look: Almost black body topped by medium tan head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose of medium intensity is pretty much what the name of the beer announces: smoked peat with some burnt toasts in the back. Taste is smoked peat upfront with also some burnt chocolate cake and burnt toasts. Even if smoked peat is the dominant flavor element, this is not a very smoky or peaty beer, I’ve had beers that were much more smoky and peaty. Far from intense this is very much a sessionnable beer. Enjoyable. Another good beer I enjoyed at the Tap-NY 2012 festival, and I also came back with a great movie idea: Aliens & Predators vs People Cutting Lines at Beer Festivals.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome growler goodness from growler swap 4 & j12601
This is super carbonated from the growler, a little bit of vigor in my pour produces a four-finger thick, nicely brown stained, tan colored head. There is lots of thin lacing and a rocky, dense head is sustained as slowly subsides. The aroma smells of salty, smoky peat, roasted smoked bread, and lots of toasted whole grain cracker after I get used to peat. Some burnt plastic phenolics from, and characteristic of, peat, is found here though it is not too aggressive. Touches of dark cocoa and cold coffee add some rounding out to the smoked character after a while.
The head, requires me to take quick action so the beer doesn’t overflow during the pour and has a dry, smoky, phenolic, roast taste to it. The beer is light bodied, definitely a bit carbonated and prickly; once the excess carbonation can be shaken out it becomes eminently quaffable. Ample peat smoke flavors are dominant, without being completely aggressive; lots sea and smoke, as well as some phenolic plastic flavors are definitely found in the flavor. Hints of malt sweetness towards the finish accentuates dark cocoa flavors, notes of burnt grain, and perhaps a touch of coffee, but this is a quite dry beer overall.
This is qite the quaffable brew, and certainly enjoyable. Having said that, the choice of peat smoked malt is unfortunate as it isn’t nearly so savory, clean, or tasty as beechwood smoke rauchmalz. Definitely gets more balanced a it warms up.