AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cardinal Wine in Niles. Pours reddish brown with a bit of an off white head. Aroma has smoked meat and grapes, some caramel. Taste is of chocolate, smoked meat and subtle nuttiness with fruit. Finishes dry and slightly salty. A decent drinker but nothing porter-ish about it.
brown2cu (14) - Cincinnati, - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The aroma is truly heavenly. The first thing that I immediately notice is that there is superb balance between all the elements. The smoke is present, however, there is also a heavy emphasis on chocolate and perhaps a little coffee as well.
A: Pours very close to black, however, when put to the light ruby highlights can be seen. There is a very fleeting head and no lacing to be seen.
T: Smoke, dark chocolate, some roasted barley, perhaps some meat, and a modest bitterness towards the finish. Nothing incredible, just a solid beer.
O: As I mentioned before, this beer doesn’t offer anything over the top but it does offer a good example of what precise and methodical brewing can accomplish--well done.
P: Medium bodied with a chewey mouthfeel and just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate.
queenholly (3019) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Meaty smoke, chocolate and coffee malt aroma. Dark brown with a small tan head. Moderate smoke, chocolate/coffee malt and light acidic flavor. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Smokiness is well balanced and not overpowering. Very nice.
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black brown head... Aroma is prune and hospital... Taste is not bad very smokey..i like it good smooth aftertaste also..
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smokey and dark black. Thick tan head. Tastes like smoke and not much more. Roasty.
patrick767 (3606) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is predominately smoke with some roast malt backing it. It tastes of smoke, roast malty sweetness, and chocolate. Good.
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2012
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Looked and smelled ok, but tasted like bacon grease out of a dirty ashtray. Couldn't finish more than 3 drinks.
megawill (14) - Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
coffee and smoke on the nose, minimal head that dissolves into a persistent film, minimal lacing. black with minimal carbonation, i don’t get a lot of smoke in the taste but being a fan of Islay malted scotch when something advertises itself as ’smoked’ i expect it to be a bit more pronounced. I get more of a malt and coffee taste, not overly hopped which allows the malt, light smoke and coffee to come through. Smooth mouth-feel. Overall, while i’d prefer the smoke to be more pronounced this is an enjoyable beer.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured with about 1 cm cream-colored head. Opaque black. Slightly red in the light. Not nearly as smoky as expected. Aroma is mostly chocolate and dry roast, but smoke is faintly present on the nose. Faint smokey flavor, but the smoke lends more of a fruity flavor. Higher carbonation than I’d prefer. Dry finish. A pretty good beer, just not what I was expecting.
csaso (1464) - Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - small foamy head, dark black color, very smokey, sweet malt aroma and flavor, yet still pretty smooth and not hard to drink - better than I thought it would be, need some BBQ to go with it!