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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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!


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 (1327) - 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 (5294) - 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 (1844) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9998) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
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.


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