Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
While clearing out the cellar I found this lurking in the back of a box. Tired of low ABV IPAs I decided to give it a try as I try to whittle down my backlog of ticks. Smoked porters are a style that I wish other breweries would try more often. Smoked beers in general are something that can reveal just how good a brewer is.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid reddish base has a black edge to it. A dusty head surges for a while before it then collapses to almost a finger in height. Mesquite smoked wood warmed over an open flame brings to mind old westerns sitting in the middle of the desert under a starlight sky.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, ash, and traces of smoke drive forward a well balanced experience. Smoky ham transitions to a smoky bitter finish. Like drinking water infused with a well used grill this strikes me a fine release for anyone who likes either porters or smoked beers.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from a BA trade - thanks, Miller! Nice cola brown pour with vigorous carbonation and firm beige head. Smoke was immediately detectable in the nose but not overwhelmingly so; a nice, roasted malts-n-choc porter is abundantly evident. Mouthfeel perhaps a trace on the thin side, but there’s some pleasant bite and dryness on the palate. Barbecue chips for sure, and smoke character is a bit elusive. Surprisingly, the more you get into the beer the more it comes across like a moderately hoppy brown with smoke added.
superspak (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass; batch 10, bottled 9/19/2012. Pours fairly clear almost pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, coffee, apple, pear, wood, smoked meat, light floral, and light roasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes; but it is definitely infected, but it is not that terribly offensive in the aromas as it warms up. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, wood, smoked meat, light char, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, coffee, smoked meat, light char, wood, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted notes and smokey flavor; with a great balance of malt/smoke; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked porter. Luckily the infection seemed to only be noticed in the aromas. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and smokey flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
emacgee (4273) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with one finger of chestnut brown head. Definitely mesquite, interesting. Barbecue big time. Smoky character with some dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Light medium body.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Somewhat of a chocolate milkshake color, thin to moderate sudsy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Super strong mesquite smoke on the nose, slightly roasted, a little cream and sugar sweetness.   Smokey on the tongue, definite mesquite in its smokiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as heavy or roasty as others, but the mesquite is nice.   Not a big roasty example, more smoke than others, but clean and entertaining.   Thanks Bill!
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is wonderful - mesquite wood, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Flavors follow the aroma.
A truly nice and unique beer. I’ve had it both on tap at Ranger Creek and in bottles; both are excellent. Can’t believe I hadn’t put up a rating on this yet.
Ratman197 (10650) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of Bu11zeye (thanks Markus!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of mesquite smoke, roastiness, bakers cocoa and coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of mesquite smoke, bakers cocoa and roastiness with a smooth lingering smoked finish.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle Batch 11 12/14/12 (Whole Foods)-AUS Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoke and more smoke. Taste of smoke, chocolate, and malt. This medium bodied brew is more smoke than porter but is still tasty.
crajun (1046) - , Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice aroma; wood or smoke combined with toastedness and chocolate. dark cola pour. palate was thinner than I expected? Taste was toward bitter side a combination of the coffee and slight hops. will try again..
BelgianBeerGal (3302) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at a Scardello tasting. Very big and bold smoked beer. Great porter base beer with notes of semi-bitter chocolate and coffee. The smoke is nice and not overpowering. I couldn’t tell you it was definitely mesquite but it reminded me of BBQ. well done.