tommann (2293) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle at 5.8%. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is bitter coffee, leather and a touch of ham. Taste has leather and coffee to start with a bitter ham on the finish.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Churchkey, the 5.8% version. Dark brown color, small off white edge head. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste is sweet burnt toast. Decent.
GRM (2687) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, brown bottle, 500 ml, purchased at Beer World, with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on April 13 2013; eye: ruby, clear, tiny sheet of beige head, slight lacing; nose: nutty, smoke, light peat, slight chocolate, malt, light liquorice; mouth: nutty, smoke, slight peat, slight chocolate, malt, light acridness, light alcohol, finale in malt with nutty presence, medium body, average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: fine
Échantillon, bouteille brune, 500 ml, achetée chez Beer World, avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 13 avril 2013; œil : rubis, limpide, petite couverture de mousse beige, très légère dentelle; nez : noix, fumé, léger tourbe, très léger chocolat, malt, léger réglisse; bouche : noix, fumé, très léger tourbe, très léger chocolat, malt, légère âcreté, léger alcool, finale en malt avec présence de noix, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : bien
kidmartinek (2965) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like winter time. Pours dark, thin brown, with a dissipating whitish head. Aroma of molasses and roasted malt. Tastes like Roasted malt with a milky finish. A bit sweet.
Chontoman (1) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my all time favourites. Strong but extremely pleasant smoked aroma. Layers of flavour that develop with each stage of the tasting and a fantastic after-taste. You can definitely taste the care that was taken maturing the smoky flavours.
dfinney23 (1248) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I generally prefer my smoke a bit more intense but the lighter approach works really well here.
Beerenberger (1104) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, with notes of sweetness. Pours a dark brown with a rapidly dissipating khaki head and no lacing. The taste is peaty, roasty, and woody, with hints of fruit and vanilla. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Overall, enjoyable smoked porter.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish dark brown porter with a thick frothy brown head. In aroma, a smooth chocolate malt with licorice and grassy notes, nutty character, perfumey finish. In mouth, a sweet perfumey chocolate with light peaty notes, molasses, nice.
gwpom (294) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As stated previously, the smoke is the predominant feature of this beer. Not overpowering, but certainly at the forefront. I had this after an Arrogant Bastard, so I know it’s not fair to compare the two. It does have a lighter body than I would have guessed, a dark brown but not totally opaque look to it. But I love a good porter, and this is good. As I said... the smoke is the thing with this brew.
ansermadide (1407) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
There wasn’t much of a release of carbonation when I opened this bottle. I poured it vigorously into my English Pint glass (hey, it’s not every day that I open a 500ml bottle) to produce a modest, cream/light brown colored head atop a mostly opaque, dark brown ale with orange and ruby hues. The aroma is very English, with sweet, roasted malts and light oak. It really smells great, almost of raisins and reminiscent of a smoked peat Scotch ale.
It’s very, uh, oddly sweet up front in a very English way with a mostly light bodied mouth feel. Initially, the smoke is only noticeable in the finish, but as the beer warms the smoke really becomes strong up front as well. I don’t normally run into a smoked English ale, and this one is a real treat. at first I wasn’t so impressed, but this quickly grew on me. The smoke presence is very enjoyable, distinct, and is well balanced with the beer’s sweetness.
Woody, meaty, roasted. and smoky, with just enough body to bold it all down, but not so much that its a tedious to drink. Not bad! It reminds me of a Rauchbier in intensity and body, but with the meatiness of an English ale.