muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample from 22 oz bottle (I think) at RBSG Montreal. I’d been detecting smokiness in a couple of beers just before this...maybe it was karma? Yay, a new smoked set in front of me, my first in how long? So with joy I see a thick, dark oily body with little head...the nose give less enjoyment, smoky-meaty yes, but also cardboardy and too dry...chocolate, dry roastiness in the body, which is rather thin...becomes fairly sweet and rather syrupy towards the finish, light smoky bitterness apparent throughout but cannot save this average-at-best porter from the forgetfulness of Morpheus...
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Lightly bacon-smoked without a hint of sweetness, somewhat disturbing swampy smell as well. Bland appearance: dark, reddish-brown body with a big-bubbled, yet very small amount of head. Flavor is better than the aroma in that the flavors blend well, yet it is still quite thin, with only a hint of the fullness it could have had.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First smoke beer I’ve ever had and I’m quite impressed! This one is not characteristic of other porters in that it is crisp and has a light body along with the campfire smoke flavor. It is dark brown and has the characteristic long-lasting beige head (little lacing on my pour, though). The chocolate and full-roasted malt flavor doesn’t exhibit itself until late in the experience.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 22 oz long awaited bomber. Nice and dark with a smallish head. Smokey aroma. Taste is thin bodied that starts out with a lively mouthfeel. I like the effort but no where near any of the great Smoked Porters. I guess this won gold at GABF last year but what they turned in is no way the same beer thats in my bottle.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: smoked fish, some cream, roasted malts, and some cinnamon
Appearance: dark brown-->black, cream head, little lacing
Flavor: slight smokiness and some cream
Palate: very thin, not very robust, kind of like a soda texture
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Midnight black with slight ruby tinge on the exterior of tulip and an aggressive, tight head. The aroma is dominated by salt-cured meat with some smokey notes underneath. More bacon-esque notes in the body, with a bit more liquid smoke flavoring coming to the surface. Really unlike other smoked porters I’ve had, but good in its own right (unless you’re Kosher of course).
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown and clear color with a tah head. A little thin, especially up front, with some smoky meat and cheese flavors, and a thin milky finish. Light plasticy smoke flavors everywhere, with some gouda and smoked cheddar later on. Not impressed.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black. Head was nice at first, but it faded fast like a Coca-Cola. Come to think of it, there were some soda-like qualities in the flavor of this beer. Body was on the thin side at first, but there were times where it seemed to thicken a little. Chewy aromas of wood, campfire-soaked flannel, baker’s chocolate and vanilla. Flavors of heavy salt, brown sugar ham and burnt marshmallow crust. Smoke aromas in the background wove in and out. Some toffee sweetness at the base, but its bitter-burnt robust side surely stood out the most.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Black w/ light tan head. Smells of bacon, smoked fish, salt. Taste is salty, smokey and meaty. One of the most unique noses Ive encountered.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle: Deep brown/black pour, with a tan sustaining head. Aromas were of bacon, lots of smoke, and salt. Flavor followed the aroma closely with lots of campfire and slighter sweet malts (some chocolate) fading in the background. Finished as smokey as it started, with a thick, chewy mouthfeel. A little bit overdone, as the smoked malt resembles fried bacon a bit to much.