Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Dark brown color, brown head with delicate lacing. Aroma of burnt espresso, smouldering embers, burnt toast. Taste is black coffee, charred bacon. Very tasty.
orangesol (681) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours deep dark brown, bordering on black, with a small film of off white head, dissipating down to a small ring around the outer edge of the glass, leaving small trails of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of intense smoked dark malt, dash of dark chocolate, tobacco, day old coffee, a touch of meatiness and a tiny bit of booze. The smoke is quite assertive but not overpowering. It goes a little acrid toward the end of the glass but otherwise quite nice.
T - Starts off with plenty of smokey malt that never really fades away. Hints of stale coffee, dark chocolate and bit of "bacon" as it starts to warm up. The base flavors are still lurking in the shadows helping to keep things in check. Finish is smokey but not overpowering, doesn’t linger for very long after the finish.
M - Smooth, smokey feel from start to finish. I have found this style to be hit or miss when it comes to feel, some far too smokey while others too light, this one straddles the line quite well. Goes a bit watery toward the very end of the glass.
O - If you like smokey beers then you will probably like this one and if you don’t like smoke then it may not be for you. The smoke is strong but it doesn’t take over like others in the style so often do. Definitely worth a shot if you get the chance.