CanIHave4Beers (2495) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish black with a medium head and some good lace. The aroma is smoky and slightly meaty with some chocolate and light earthiness. The flavor has some nice bacon and some bourbon with a light tartness and some chocolate. This si quite a bit like the non-whiskey-barell version of the same beer & thatís all right by me.
Narnad (1340) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown/black with garnet highlights and a very, very dense creamy tan head. Aroma has a very strong smoke presence up front, almost too harsh for my tastes but a mild chocolate roasted malt note comes through at the tail end. Flavor has an early chocolate malt flavor but then a very dominate wood ash smokiness takes over for the rest of the tastings. Very mild, low whiskey ending compliments the strong smoke presence nicely. Body is of modest density with a high, fine carbonation that lends a nice creamy feel to the light porter body. Overall the smoke flavor is pretty intense and lends a more ashy note than I was expecting. Appearance and palate for this brew are on the nose.
Strykzone (3814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big three finger head makes this an exceptionally nice pour for a porter. The aroma is also quite nice. Rich malt, whiskey, chocolate, smoke. For a beer that would appear to be so rich the feel is thinner than expected . Flavor is as well. Malt, wood, smoke, only faint whiskey and vanilla, chocolate. Finish brings out the smoke. Whiskey didnít make much of a splash. This beer looked and smelled great bringing great promise. The taste didnít quite live up to hopes. Still, I liked it and for the style it was much better than most.
wxman (1175) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an opaque deep dark brown with a fair to medium tan head. Aroma is smoke and dark roasted malt. Smoother taste and mouthfeel than I expected. Taste is a slightly sour dark chocolate and coffee, along with a little sweet malt and coffee. Not much hops; most of the bitterness is from the dark roasted malt. PDG, but not the robust, heavy, super flavorful, high ABV brew one would expect from a bomber at $10.99.
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 1996 of 2398. Smokey aroma that also has hints of bourbon. Appearance is dark brown with a small head. Taste is initially smokey with some chocolate notes. Bourbon comes in at the end. Thin mouthfeel with good coating,
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at I-Tap in Chesterfield, MO. Pours near black with dark colored head. Nose is rich, cocoa and smoke come out, along with some vanilla notes. On taste, it is well blended, not overbearing from the bourbon barrel. Body is quite thin, however, but smoke and flavors punch through to make it stand up. Pretty decent, though could use more body.
bluejacket74 (992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/10/2010, #1792 of 2398 handwritten on label. A very nice surprise when I saw this at the store the other day! Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head. The head didnít stick around for too long, and there isnít much lacing either. Aroma is smoked and roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, all of the flavors are pretty well balanced as the bourbon taste in the beer isnít overpowering at all. Thereís also a nice lingering smoky finish. I wish there was a little more of a bourbon taste in this brew, but thatís a very minor complaint as itís still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, itís very smooth and easy to drink. Hopefully OíFallon will make this beer more often!
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour was dark brown with minimal head. Smells of smoke, hint of whiskey. Taste was dominated by smoke. Maybe even overwhelming. I kept thinking of bacon, with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit. When Oífallon said smoked beer, they really ment SMOKE.
neepsntatties (885) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bomber that I got to try recently. Colour... very dark brown with thin head. Nose... smells of smoked meat while sticking my head inside the smoker! Palate... BACON! A bit of garden bonfire. Some dark chocolate, but hard to get past all that smoke!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of STLStoutAddict poured into a tulip. Bottle labeled April 10, 2008, #112 of 960.
Pours almost completely black in the glass with mahogany showing through the edges under a small creamy off-white head that lingers on top with a good collar and a swirl of bubbles on top.
The aroma is a wonderful blend of smoked hickory and bourbon with hints of vanilla and chocolate. There is also a heavy dose of molasses sweetness coming out as it warms. I was blown away by the away honestly and could just smell this thing all night.
The taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma as itís slightly more watered down. There is a heavy bourbon flavor up front with some roasted malts and chocolate underneath. The smoke is present as well, but the flavor isnít as full as I was hoping for.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and close to watery, but not quite. The carbonation is soft and the body isnít quite heavy enough to support the low carbonation.
I really enjoyed this beer and the aroma had me thinking this would be a stunner, but, as it is, itís just a really solid beer. i think I may prefer the regular smoked over this, but itís close.