TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is based on a robust porter, brewed with chocolate malts, dark malts, and roasted malts, but is brought to an even higher elevation, with the addition of peat smoked malt. This specialty malt is smoked over a peat or turf fire, and is usually found in Scotch whiskey, or in many American brewed versions of Scotch ale. The combination of dark and chocolate malts, roast, and peat smoke, make for one complex, delicious, satisfying beer.
Zebulon Peated Porter pours to a beautiful, pitch black color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is just fantastic, and loaded with big aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and wonderful smoky aromas of peat. The palate is soft, fat, and creamy on the tongue, with big flavors of dark chocolate, dark malt, hints of black currant fruity flavors, and mild roasted coffee flavors. Zebulon Peated Porter finishes with more flavors of dark chocolate and roast up front, and then ends with a nice bit of roasty/peat smoky flavor that lingers on the tongue.
This beer was outstanding, and an absolute must try for any beer lover visiting the Colorado Springs area.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a few glasses on tap during one of my fall trips to Colorado Springs. Deep dark brown with no head. Smoke in the nose and a taste reminiscent of an Islay scotch in the body mingled among the chocolate and coffee flavors. The first time in a while I’ve turned down a second glass of a stout in favor of a porter. I hope this is on tap next time I’m town.
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.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the tap, this beer was a deep garnet (almost black) in color and clear. There was little or no head and subsequently no lacing. There was a subtle hop aroma balanced by the also subtle smoky malt. The body was full accompanied by a smooth texture and low carbonation. The flavor started off with an impression of a fine 20 year old scotch. There was decided alcohol warmth in the middle and the finish was long with very little bitterness.
wchesser (894) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at brewery. Solid porter. Light smoke on nose but mostly dark sweet malts. Smoke much more pronounced in taste as peaty earthy smoke on good classic porter core. Dark brown with heavy lacing. Cask treatment works great.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Pours a deep, rich brown. Smells faintly of roasted coffee. Flavor starts out as a light scotch and finishes roasty and malty. Very good stuff.
LilBeerDoctor (3230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the brewpub. Pours a very cloudy dirt brown with a tan head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt, some chocolate/cocoa. Flavor of bitter chocolate, sweet oatmeal malt, less roasty than the aroma suggests. Very chalky palate. Interesting porter.
Aubrey (3356) - 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.
adnielsen (7595) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2012 Cask @ PC. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Roasty, chocolate malty, lightly smoked aroma. Low carbonation. Mild smoky, a bit woody, roasty chocolate malty flavor with notes of coffee and vanilla. The best I’ve had from PC.
UncleKorm (483) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand pumped from cask to aerate at the brewery. Dark brown, almost a black hue. Aroma of coffee & slightly roasted malt. Head is light brown & creamy, fair lacing & mostly diminishing. Moderately sweet with complex peat flavor not unlike sipping a fine aged scotch. Medium to full body, texture is not a creamy as I would expect, carbonation is soft. An enjoyable Porter that is one of the standards Phantom keeps available year round.