brokensail (9853) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a rather tall khaki colored head.
S: Definitely gives off sort of a mesquite/barbeque feel to it. Lots of roast and smoke with a fair amount of char to go with it. Mild chocolate with some hints of licorice and just a touch of sweetness.
T: Smoke, roasted malt, and coffee are all strong flavors. There’s a slight toffee sweetness sweetness to it along with a light metallic note. A touch of earthy hops and bitterness with a light acidity coming through on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation for a porter.
O: Smelled pretty decent, but the flavor was a bit off, unfortunately.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark brown with a big tan head. Chalky, burnt malts, chocolate on the nose. Taste is very smoky and dry, with some cigarette notes. Medium body and bit over-carbonated for the style. Fades slightly on the end. Overall a solid beer.
bhensonb (10216) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from ericandersnavy. Pours pretty black with a five finger creamy tan head. The aroma is smoked chocolate. Med+ body with frothy creamy carb. Flavor is really wood smoke with a lot of dark chocolate. Imagine a steak cooked over mesquite and then rolled in shaved chocolate? Minus the blood. It’s almost beefy. Finishes pretty much as it starts. Except maybe a little coffee is detectable. Damn good beer.
rougeau13 (1843) - 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. I’d prefer a smoother mouthfeel to the bubbles, but a nice beer for sure.
SphinxTX (2876) - 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 (I’m 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 (5723) - 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 (10938) - 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 (968) - 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 (1377) - 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 doesn’t overpower.