Cornfield (5497) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The world needs more rauchbiers and, while not exceptional, this is a welcome entry. From a bomber, it pours a deep brown color with red highlights and a slender tan head. Itís got a nice smokey aroma (more bacon than sausage), but itís missing the malts that the smoke should be enhancing. A bit watery in the mouth, but besides the smoke, it still had some malt sweetness, hints of chocolate and some woodiness. Iíd have it again.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 I never really had a smoked beer and I liked it. Wierd as hell but the Guiness meets hickory fams was right up my alley. BBQís should stock this stuff. Anyway it tasted like food and that is not a bad thing at all. Unique to me.
Terminus (3250) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-purchased at Binnyís in Naperville, IL. pours a very dark brown almost black hue with a nice tan head. smokey (yea definately) aroma that was pretty harsh and one-dimensional. More a rauchbier than a porter (although i am pretty shure this is an ale.) Thin body. flavors of smoke and a chocolate note that comes in as the smoke fades away. A good idea, but needs a little more body and balance to be a contender in the smoked porter family.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black-brown body and tight, sudsy light tan head. Aroma is smoky and woody. Smokiness seems a little contrived and one-dimensional in this beer. Still good, but I need more character underneath to really love a smoked beer.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beers pours a deep thick, opaque black color, and is topped by a creamy brown head. The aroma is unmistakably smoked, it has rich notes of smoke, underlying it there are notes of coffee, and roasted grain. Actually the smoke pretty much dominates the aroma. The taste is surprisingly light considering I was expecting something more like Alaskanís smoked porter. The taste is lightly sweet, with an infused smokiness that dominates every corner of this beer. As this beer warms up and my palate becomes smoke saturated, it starts to pick up a bit more complexity, with notes of coffee, wood, and caramel. This is fairly tasty, though it is quite one dimensional, it really needs a bit more of a malty background. Basically this is like the little brother of Alaskanís smoked porter. Definitely good, and fairly light.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thx to npdempse for this one.
This is a love it or hate it beer. If you like smoked beers, this one is great.
Opaque dark brown, beautiful smokey nose. The aroma is like walking into a deli. The flavor is lightly smokey. Itís a very tasty beer.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost opaque brown/black, with a sizzling light brown head. Very smoky nose, with some metallic notes. Flavor is medium sweet, somewhat chocolatey, with a good but not overwhelming dose of smoke.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz. bomber. Pours black with a brown head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma has a strong leathery smoke smell. Flavor profile follows aroma with mostly a light smoke flavor. Palate is slightly thin for a porter making this easy to drink. Nothing to crave, but worthy to try.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black body with minimal head; aroma and taste are two of a kind, with distinct smell and flavors of complete smokiness; a typical porter taste dominated by smokiness....
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown body with reddish highlights and a minimal off-white head. Smokehouse aroma carries over to the flavor which is dominated by smoked malts that subside to light chocolates and toast. Sharp acidic finish before another round of smoke flavoring. I suspect the smoke hides a relatively weak porter, but the sum effect here isnít half-bad. Thanks Joe (marinaro500) for the bottle!