Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yup, its a porter. Not as much smoke. Thats a good thing.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.