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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
The commercial description more than aptly captures this beer’s appearance: "black mahogany", although it failed to note the well-sized, light brown head, that receded slowly to an oily film. Roasted barley and smoky aromas, but not in excess like Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, et al. Rich flavors fill the mouth, with roasted bitters and rounded malts. (My bottle came equipped with a rubberbanded neck-tag that stated ’chococlate undertone balanced the bitterness of the hops..." and I concur.) Flavors were enhanced by a hearty carbonation. Rich mouthfeel, oily and full.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2005
This new bottle of "Smoke" was a gift of Brian the brewer. This is a solid black with a nice tan head of small bubbles. This presented a sweet aroma, and indeed the flavor has a sweet roasted basis, with a nice pleasant smoke backdrop. If the full-on Rauchbiers of Bamberg are a bit too much, this is a great starter. Well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Very dark brown body, decent tan head. Sourish smokey aroma with some fruity esters getting in the way. Thinnish body with chocolatey, slightly nutty and of course smokey flavors. Appetizing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2005
I’m glad I finally tried this - being here in MO. A smooth smoky taste with slightly fruity, caramel and chocolate undertones. The aftertaste is not strong, but doesn’t leave the best of the flavors behind - more of the smoke or something. Still, an enjoyable drink. ($2.69/22oz)

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Opaque, black in color with red only at the edges and a thick, but not well-sustained, tan head. Aroma is intensely smokey from hardwood smoked malt but also from black malt. Caramel is also an underpinning and adds depth. This beer finishes too quickly for me except for a lingering, somewhat unpleasant charcoal flavor. Medium/light in body. Good but not overdone roast and a solid bitterness. Carbonation is too high as well and detracts from the total palate. There is some milk flavor on the palate as well as charcoal and smoke, some sweetness, subtle caramel, and grassy hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005
Has a black almost mahogany color with a big brown head. Lots of smoke in the nose. Some chocolate and a littlefruitieness at first followed by the smoke. Has good mouthfeel. This would be great with some good slow cooked barbeque!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2005
Bottle from Coaltrains in the Springs. Pours a brown/black color with a shallow whitish head. Aroma is ’surprise!’ smoky, maybe some sort of smoked meat, but I don’t like it as much as I did the Alaskan Smoked Porter that Hi-Times Wines absolutely cheated me out of as they enjoy my $100 gift to them---that’s another story...the bastards. Taste is somewhat malty, with a slight malt sweetness, but continues with a smoked earth taste that left me not so impressed. Too thin for me also.....kinda dissapointing, given they won at the GABF.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005
Extremely dark brown but not quite black with an abundant creamy tan head. Industrial aroma of the factory in St. Louis in 1912. Leather and oil smells. Very smokey in flavor. Peated smoke flavor dominates. Not bad but perhaps one dimensional.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Tried again in a 12 oz. bottle. Aroma of beef jerky. The taste is also stronger with beef jerky and some light chocolate. The main difference I noted was the much stronger presence of smoke. From a bomber purchased in KC. Poured with a very large tan head. Body is a dark brown with just a hint of light peaking through. The aroma is smoky campfire with apples and some allspice. The flavor is nice and smooth with milk chocolate and mild cherries. The smoke is only noticed at the back of the throat and in the finish, but it does build after you drink this a while. A fairly light bodied porter that is easy to drink.

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.


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