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 (1327) - 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 (5294) - 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 (1844) - 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 (15651) - 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 (1642) - 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 (9998) - 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.