rougeau13 (1766) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Batch 5. Pretty much black, with a huge frothy beige head. Lots of foamy lacing. Aroma of smoke and wood, licorice, meat and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted and smokey with touches of licorice and bitterness. Medium bodied and bubbly. Iíd prefer a smoother mouthfeel to the bubbles, but a nice beer for sure.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Oz bottle. Pours a deep brown/black with tan head. Aroma of smoked Mesquite (Iím from Texas, this is a great aroma and gets the women hot) and dark roasted grain. Flavor is much the same with a nice aggressive maltiness to balance out the smoke with a nice dark roasted grain bitter in finish. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with medium-high carbonation, soft body...Overall, outstanding brew!
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by The Royale crew- thanks, guys! Pours a dark cola brown with virtually no head. Aroma of smoked malts, roast, toasted chocolate, and something that almost hints at lactose. Flavor of smoked malts, roast, chocolate, rust, and earth. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smoky, rusty mouthfeel. Unusual smoked beer but fun to drink.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a rich brown head and black color. Aroma is rich dark malt/oat-chocolate, some earthy. As it warms, coffee, wood/smoke. Taste is rich dark malt/oat-wood/smoke/earthy, secondary earthy hops bite. Full, rich body. On nitro, anise too.
degbert (902) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Subtle nose -- not over the top with smoke, and adds chocolate and lactic notes. Pours an opaque black-brown with a cinnamon head. Flavor is very surprising -- smoke is subtle, but there, enhancing rather than dominating a dry porter full of coffee, cocoa, and umami notes. Finishes clean, but definitely present. Good.
dfinney23 (1258) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big smoke along with the expected chocolate/coffee porter notes. The Islay malt of beer. Like a medium-rare steak that got charred on one side. Delicious!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours a deep black with an olive-green head. Aroma is as advertised: mesquite smoke, with bits of light chocolate and roasted nuts. Flavor is smoky nuts, Texas bbq, light fajita chocolate, light chipotle, and cigarette ash. Average mouthfeel. Great beer; smoke is there but doesnít overpower.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Draught House. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocoalte, wood, and smoke. Taste is meat, beef, sirloin, chocolate, and then a big smoked finish.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ranger Creek. VERY smokey aroma and flavor. I was hoping for a little more sweetness and not as much bitter. Smooth on the palate. If you like smokey youíll LOVE this one!
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was really looking forward to trying something else (other than the OPA) from Ranger Creek... what a better way to show off the winter season in Texas than by enjoying a mesquite-smoked porter? With a solid black color and a small, bubbly light-brown head, this smoked porter doesnít wreak of smoke like some smoked porters do. With only a light hint of smoke (immediately noticeable that itís not your every day wood), itís subtle and welcoming with a light-to-moderately roasted malt flavor and an almost airy mesquite character in the finish. It has a moderately dense mouth feel, and the beer really leaves you, in the end, feeling you just drank a real manly porter. This is really malty for a porter, and could easily be mistaken for a stout, as itís dense, malty, hefty, and musky. A great job on this porter - very enjoyable, thereís nothing offenseive OR unenjoyable about this beer. Go SA!