frankenkitty (2005) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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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Braudog (6219) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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)
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Ratman197 (12826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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.