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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Dark mahogany with a creamy tan head and spots of lace. Smoke and BBQ chips with some notes of camp fire (thanks Tim.) Slight fruitiness to it. Chocolate and roast malts with lots of smokiness to it. Fruity again. Not overpowering in the smoked department, but enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2005 Dark brown colour. Slightly murky. Smooth, smokey, chocolatey aroma. Soft body. Light smokiness with hints of chocolate, roast and toast at the back. Very nicely balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Dark brown with tan head, light lacing. Nose of simpsons medium peated malt, very smoked with light hops to confuse the palate. Bacon, bbq lays. The flavor is similar with a watery porter. Finishes weak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Black body, slight browness with a small head. Aroma is smokey and peaty with some caramel malts. Quite typical of a smoked proter as the flavour is dominated by smoke but not a lot of anything else.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
This big porter has a rich powerful smoked jerky aroma that leaves the coffee smells hiding behind it. The malts are dried out by the smokiness giving this a charred wood taste and a salty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Very dark porter. Malty aromas. This porter lacks the typical coffee and chocolate flavors, to its benefit. Full and bright, though, the emphasis is on the mellow hickory, smoky taste. The only objection to this clean porter is that the palate is a little unbalanced. Otherwise, this is a unique and interesting specimen.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Thanks to beerhandy for this one. Pours very dark black with medium off-white head. Big rauchy aroma, backed up with malt, chocoff. Tastes very malty, with a big smoked salmon element coupled with firm roasty malt and some licorice. Medium palate, with a solid smoothness. Nice complexity and balance. I love rauchbiers, and this one didn’t dissapoint. If you don’t like rauches, then pass on this. If you do, you’ll love it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
This poured almost black with a small tan head. The aroma was roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and smoke. The smoke was okay in the nose. This was medium bodied and a little on the thin, watery side. The flavor is where the smoke killed it for me. Don’t care for beers with too much smokey flavor. Smoked porter? Give me the Stone.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Yup, its a porter. Not as much smoke. Thats a good thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black (not opaque), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), with a strong note of smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty good, but on the simple/straightforward side (which would probably explain its strong showing at GABF...this plays it real safe). Rather watery and thin, though, which hurts the mouthfeel.


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