Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is not verey strong but smoke, slightly peaty, sweet malts and hints dark fruit are noted. An opaque dark brown pour with rocky mostly diminiahing tan head and fine lacing. The taste is smoky (peaty), sweet roasted malts, with slight hint of chocolate. There is a oaky/alcohol taste in the finish. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall, a nice smoked porter. Smoke flavor is not overpowering while the oak aging is subordinate to the overall flavor.
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The look is dark, brown to black in color, and has a light tan head. The smell is whiskey, wood, alcohol, malt, and nice. The taste is wood, alcohol, whiskey, malt, and good.
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a decent tan head. Aroma is of mesquite smoke, leather, wood. Taste is of pepper, mesquite, leather, smoke, bourbon, roasted malts.
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a black color with a beige head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke, with some chocolate and roasted malt thrown in. As the beer warms the oak notes begin to come through, but I never really get any whiskey notes in the beer. The smoke is very well done and is not overpowering. It allows some chocolate to come through, as well as a hint of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was showing no signs of infection.
mar (4766) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Vanilla, smoke, bbq, light meat, wood, and faint alcohol. And smoke. Very nice on the palate, heavy vanilla, alcohol, barrel, smoke, chocolate, smooth finish.
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is smoked meat, wood, bourbon, and a little bit of sour character. Taste is smoky, wood, booze, bitter chocolate, and a hint of tart fruit. Silky texture. Really nice beer.
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from D&Q, 12/22/2012. Bottle date of 11/27/2012. Pours dark brown, nearly black, dense head and impressive retention. Aroma of infected stout- tart dark fruits and roasted malts, smoky vanilla, sour whiskey, touch of salt. Taste is chocolate, smoked sour malts, caramel and boozy bourbon finish. Medium palate. We had two bottles, both were showing clear signs of infection. Not entirely unpleasant at this point and kind of a nice sour stout, but I don’t think this was intended. Hopefully not all of the batch goes this way.
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lot going on here. Thin, dark brown beer with no lacing or head. Smoky, vanilla aroma. Smoky, malty taste with vanilla. A little sourness comes in. A smoky, malty porter with a sour character. This beer is much ado.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Whiskey and smoke aroma. Light chocolate and toffee/caramel notes. Black with no head. Light to medium body with big whiskey and mesquite character with background notes of dark malts. Very well balanced and impressively flavorful.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a murky muddy brown color. The aroma has some roast, yeast but there is also a Band Aid like phenol smell. I almost start to think it’s the smoke but it is a little medicine like. The taste has more roast, more Band Aid. The yeast flavor really shows itself and can seem a little much for a smoked porter. I have to say, I am disappointed. I really don’t see how this can last 10 years while properly cellared and still be drinkable. Honestly I doubt this would be any good even in a year.