thb (643) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown (not black) with average bubbly coffee head. Aromas of roasted barley, gentle smoke. Taste of coffee/smoke/tobacco/roast. Warming alcohol throughout (not so much alcohol flavour). Oily, mouthcoating mouthfeel.
oldgrowler (14) - USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty little beer, auburn-black with a transient caramel head. Malty and pleasant, despite moderate bitterness. Although the flavors aren’t especially complex, it’s very drinkable. You don’t even taste the 9.4% kick, which is why I gave it an extra point or two. Slight metallic aftertaste. Starts on a fruity note, ends on a smokey almost-meaty one. mmm!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ml Bottle: Got in trade from Sammy; THANKS SAMMY! Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, lava rock, slight alcohol, and light smoked wood. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, dark brown head that disappeared very quickly. Lightly sparkling. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, lava rock, light smoke, slight chocolate, slight alcohol, and light smoked wood. Medium to full body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, slight chocolate, lava rock, light smoked, and smoked wood finish is dry. 9.4%ABV is slightly present in the aroma and flavor, but barely.
cyrenaica (943) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Before Se[tember 14, 2003
I tried this beer in December 20, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a black colour with a brown generous head that reduced itself in half in no time before sticking around. The aroma is smoked wood, roasted malt, licorice, and coffee. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is smoked pork, roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla hints. The smoke flavour lingers in the mouth.
Sammy (7708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black with reddish brown 1.5 inches of soapy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Big roasty aroma with some smoke. Middling mouthfeel. The taste is definite smoked malt,with chocolate, the carbonation is right there. Alcohol somewhat hidden, it does feel a little boozy in aftertaste.
presario (4419) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with almost no head. Light sweet smoke flavour. Sweet start then smoke middle then burnt sugar finish and finally sweet smoke aftertaste. Alcohol starts to build through each sip. Doesn’t seem to gel and come together. A number of good pieces that don’t seem to coalesce.
TimE (2779) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, with light brown head. Tobacco leaves, snuff, milk chocolate, lots of roasted malts and a touch of smoke, slightly sweet nose. The mouth is surprisingly sweet and wham smoke hits and it is just about smoked gouda then some gouda, but too sweet, for what it is. A bit unbalanced. Liquorice. Interesting, but think a drier more roasty version would be excellent.
probstblueribbon (2617) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 17DE10.
App.: Brown-black with a nice grey-deep mocha foam.
Aroma: A interesting combination of thick, meaty Bamberg-style smoke with rich, lovely dark chocolate, milk chocolate and some hints of vanilla, a metallic note, some molasses and licorice in the background, some esters?, alcohol.
Palate: Medium-full body, soft, silky effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of chocolate, slightly fruity, still quite a bit of meaty smoke but it takes a backseat (almost) to the malts, some ester hints, alcohol, a little molasses and licorice, still a touch metallic, interesting; sweetness over-shadowed by bitterness, molasses, licorice, smoke and alcohol on the finish.
Great choice, LCBO!
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: creamy dark malts , sweet top, gum with hint of pit. Mild approach for such big brew. Clean. 8-
Appearance: dark oily brown with large frothy mocha head. Rings of lace on show. Neat appearance.
Flavour and Palate: Full bodied. Roasted barley with smoked malt and alcohol. Stll felt quiet young with its alcoholic dryness. Soft body noted below. Blend of roast with gentle hint of smoke. Good , solid strong stout.
rwgould (320) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 0.5l bottle. Aroma is very very malty, sweet, a bit of caramel, but not much of a smokey scent, though it is there. Appearance is thick and black, head is thick and foamy. Looks like a solid beer. Palate is not as thick as I was expecting, but it’s not thin either. Taste is strong, very malty, slightly smokey, and quite sweet. Pretty good.