Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I love this pour ... that kind where the head rises to the top via a beautiful cascade of carbonation that makes you think of the beginning of the Matrix. It settles into a deep-black beer with a thick, pock-marked tan head. The nose is of gritty, dirty ashtray smokiness. This drinks with a definite smoked character, but is mingled with a surprisingly sweet stout underneath. Where are my cigars? (#4864, 12/20/2012)
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mildly smoky aroma, sweet roasty malt coming through. Chocolate aroma as it warms. Beautiful appearance, completely black and viscous with a dark brown head. Great taste, heavy and sweet but not cloying, notes of smoke and chocolate. Not much if any hop bitterness. Palate is amazing, full bodied, oily, rich. Short finish. Great beer.
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured black with a dark tan head and minimal head with fair lacing. Aromas of smoked malts, subtle coffee and chocolate notes with a hint of hops. Flavors of smoke and pete, subtle citrus notes, with coffee and chocolates. The Finish - smoke throughout, Bitter sweet chocolate and coffee, there is a peated presence reminiscent to a scotch whisky, very different expression quite nice...really!
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost black shade of red with thick tan head. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Tastes more mills than the smell. Lots of bitter chocolate, very smooth with dry finish.
larryLSB (508) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with SamGamgee. Poured dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a small tan head. Nose was spicy chocolate mixed with dried fruit. Sweet bitter taste with a nice finish.
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bigtaster (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick with reddish hue and brown head. Nose is pure smoke with slight malt chocolate. Great body on this one, lots of smoke, great thick malt. Malt backbone. Really good beer.
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with some mahogany hints around the edges when held against the light. Thin brown galaxy of bubbles on the surface. Nose of smoked meat and a little plastic. This is a very tasty smoked beer. Sweet, like eating the sugar coating on a honey baked ham. Brown sugar, molasses, campfire, smoked bacon and cigar ash, all coated with bitter chocolate. Some fruity notes in the background. I do like smoked beers, and this is a pretty good one.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of smoked roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and resin hops. Black hue with a small light brown head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Palate is medium/heavy bodied and watery soft. Medium finish. Overall an interesting beer. The smoked malts are well balanced and the aroma is pleasing. Body is a little too thin for an Impy but it works.
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light smoke and lactic chocolate malt aroma. Opaque black with minimal head. Sweet milk chocolate malt and light herbal bitter flavor with smoky aftertaste. Very nice blending - body on the lighter side.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smoky peaty chocolate malt aroma, a little alcohol as it warms. Near black with a small creamy tan head. Smoky meaty, sweet chocolate malt flavor, roasty finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium full body, moderate carbonation.