Strangebrewer (1178) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Poured almost black as old engine oil with a thinning brown mocha head. Quite a robust aroma of smoke and coffee beans. Thick oily mouthfeel .Full flavoured, roasted/burnt maly, bitter chocolate and alcohol.
dmac (5625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Spirits Cross Roads. Poured a medium density dark black body with an average sized foamy medium beidge head, if this was a bit thicker with a more solid head it would be elevated to a 5. Aroma of sweet smoke, hickor and pork, hint of metallic notes, wet malts, rust. Fuller bodied with average to slightly strong carbonation, a decent amount of harsh hoppiness on the end, a lingering sweet yet roasty finish. Flavor of smoke and dark chocolates, burnt toast, ash, dark fruits, hickory smoked pork. Solid beer overall and a nicely hidden ABV of 9.4%, bravo.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this one on sale! Inky black pour with more carbonation than expected, not uncommon from the Scandanavian/Icelandic stuff stouts. Two fingers of crackling dark tan head. Nose is nice, rich and chocolaty with notes of smoke well dispersed. A light caramel/treacle sweetness and notes of black cherry skins and dark fruit. Rich and full flavor, smoke is very well integrated and blends well with the Imperial Stout aspect. Definitely a balanced product, coffee roast and blackstrap molasses all play well with some bitter bakers chocolate. Me gusta. Full bodied and medium carbonation with a warm finish. Medium full bitterness.
douglas88 (8447) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml thanks to Santa! Pours a jet black color with a small white head. A sweet nose of molasses, smoke and roast. The flavor is awesome: rich smoke and a heavy roast, very much an imperial stout more than a smoked, lingering sweet sugars and smoke. Very damn good. Very drinkable despite the hefty ABV.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is the most inviting smoked beer I have had to date. There is coffee, chocolate, some burnt earth, and sugar. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a great smoked beer.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a moderately used motor oil deep dark brown with a 1 finger, oily tan head that fades to a skim and thick ring after a while. Aroma is big smoke, roast, char, chocolate, light planty and metallic notes. Flavor is smoke (as peat smoke-like as it is wood smoke like, the bottle doesn’t mention what they use for the smoke addition, but it is very nice) some grainy and dried grass notes, along with roast, burnt sugar and light barrel-like woody notes. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, oily on entry, lightly carbonated and drying out nicely for the middle and finish, leaving a failry clean palate despite the big smoke and malt flavors. Pretty damn tasty, excellent smoke implementation.
luttonm (4719) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle at SIBF. Another one of the nice surprises of the festival. Smoked stout, wow. Porky smokehouse malt, sweet, medium body. Round smoke over a nice big dry imp stout. Well put together and very tasty.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample after sample of this at the Sam’s smokeout, Durham. Whoa, beer of the event for me (at least of the commercially released brews present). Little did I think I’d be craving a smoked imperial stout on a May day but the smell of meats in the air, the mild drizzle, and the sheer awesomeness of this beer’s nose drew me in. Killer body, thick and gritty with just a touch of oiliness to it and a fat head. Anointed for battle. Body is hefty, creamy, silky, with some grit at the back end that seems to evoke the mild notes of salt and bitterness in the taste. Tons of chocolate, smoke, and vanilla tannins along with deep bitterness, like ristretto (touch of anise too). Really well done.
dinkle50 (1366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge head on top of a very dark oily looking beer. Aroma of smoke and salty ham. Taste is full of roast and salty ham. Bitter finish. Very easy drinking for as heavy as the taste is.
trevor211 (1629) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At SIBF 2012. Black pour, with a tan head. Pretty. Beef jerky and Italian sausage on the nose, with some chocolate behind. Flavor follows, though it isn’t as full and dry as the nose -- would like to have seen just a bit more malt character come through. Nice, though.