BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown hue, good head formation. Grainy, roasted malt aroma. Sweet fruity palate, turns grainy, and roasty towards the end, but remains essentially fruity. Charred coffee aftertaste, peated flavor not strong.
Braudog (5026) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Super-dark brown with a solid and resilient head. Silky on the tongue. Relatively bitter, but no real overriding flavors. Bit thin. Poor attempt.
jgb9348 (3966) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber in colour, a pretty dark shade of brown when held up to a light. A thin tan head develops on the pour and lasts for a while. This was definately contained in Nitrogen before, as its characteristics are very noticeable. Sweet and roasty malt aroma, with some of the sweetness smelling like caramel and root beer. Roasty malt flavour, very watery (some nitrogens will do this) with some smoked flavours, but not much. Finishes with a malt-bitterness. Not a great smoked beer, nor porter. I don't know how this one a silver medal at the GABF in 1994, but maybe they changed their recipe a bit or maybe there were only two contestants for the Smoked category 9 years ago :-)...I was only 13 at the time as well! I had this on tap at the brewpub in Colorado Springs, CO on 10-August-2003.
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with a beautiful red hue. Lasting, off-white head. Sweet and roasty nose. Soft and very creamy. Aromatic hop notes. Chewy, roasty-toasty malts with a soft smoky flavor. Peat is sweetish and mild; smoky notes are not sharp or harsh. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice porter that has a distinct peat aftertaste that is full of smokiness and style.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The aroma is too hoppy for me, but it doesn’t mar the flavor profile.