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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Dark, rich and smoky…this classic porter is brewed with 63% German smoked malt and makes a perfect after dinner (or anytime) sipper for those who love a "bigger" beer. Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 Great American Beer Festival® for best Smoked Beer in America!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6042) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy cola with an ecru head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of burnt sugar. Smooth and creamy textures. Mellow finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle from unknown source. Pours black with almost no head. Leaves a bit of lacing in the glass. Has a bit of smoked notes on the nose. Subdued smoke notes on the nose. Finishes clean. Eh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Aromas- At first, I was stunned to smell Canadian Bacon. I expected smoke, not meat! As it warmed, it reminded me more of pork rib burnt ends with dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses. I was conflicted in the beginning, but halfway through, I couldn’t keep my nose out of this thing! Taste- Beautifully balanced and complex. Smoked pork, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, coffee, and slight bready malts mingle together and merge to form some amazing flavor combinations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (4572) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, smoked meat, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and toast/smoke earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark/bready and smoked malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, smoked meat, light raisin, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, smoked meat, light raisin, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of dark/bready malt and moderate smoked malt flavors, but lacking in robustness; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice smoked porter. Good balance of dark/bready malt and moderate smoked malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Not as robust or smokey in the flavor as I had hoped for, but nicely enjoyable otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
12oz bottle, finally a smoked beer that actually has a smoked flavor. I would like a stronger porter taste to it, but, still a good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4204) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Undated 12 oz bottle with updated label showing the 2004 GABF Gold medal (best smoked beer). Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a small, weak head. Aroma: rather strongly smoky such that the other dark roasted malts are nearly hidden. A hint of sweet, dark fruits. The flavor is less smoky, but still at least medium. Feel: medium-full body with light carbonation. O: a rich, smoky porter that will work great with beef and other meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1709) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. It is my opinion that this is one of the best brewery’s around. Never been disappointed by one of there beers. Brown in color, small, light tan head. Aroma and taste is a light plesant smoky one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Aroma of bacon bits and bready malt. Taste follows suit. I cannot get into these smoky bacon beers - they never taste like real bacon, just the imitation crap. There also isn’t enough of the porter element here - where is the roast, the chocolate, or the coffee? Has good carbonation and soft mouthfeel. Those are probably its best features. Won’t get again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Aroma is very roasty and meaty with hints of chocolate. Pours an opaque black with a tan ring and minimal lacing. The taste is robust. Dark roasted malt, fruit, and hints of chocolate and smoke. Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, I really liked this beer. Would definitely drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steelhead3686 (258) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Pours very dark brown or even black that’s not see-through with a very dark small to medium head. Heavy roast aroma with hints of chocolate I’m something like teriyaki. It has a taste of light bitter and medium sweet. It has a light body with a thin or slick texture. It’s not at all what I would expect from something so dark, but that’s not a bad thing. I can’t say that it’s a great beer or that I would look for it in a bar, but it’s something that I would suggest someone that likes porters.

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