gwpom (297) - 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.
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from, well, I have no idea. Stuck at the back of the shelf for God knows how long and now its day has come. Very nice aroma, smokey woodchips with some cocoa beans. Taste is lovely and smooth, light smoked character with some subtle chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Lovely stuff.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 04/09/14. A near black beer with a tiny ring of white head. Light smoke and a hint of sourness in the nose. Smoke, fruit and a bit of bitter roast in the mouth. Again a touch of acidity. It does have a bit of a German edge to it but it’s not clean enough. Still enjoyable though.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"I’m generally not a big fan of Ridgeway beers, but they did all right by me on this one. A rather thin body is the beer’s only fault, but the lightish but well done smoke and roast is done so well, it’s easily forgiveable. Very smooth easy drinking brew that will scratch the itch for smoke. "
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, peat and chocolate. Flavor of smoke, chocolate, roast, coffee, vanilla and had some notes of peat.
Bif (1564) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit and trace of smoke. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bit of dark fruit sweetness and smoke. Bit of a malt bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, creamy with a solid malt feel. Enjoyable beer to relax with.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in a nonic pint glass. The beer has some smoke ,oak, and anise character. Atypical English yeast character as well. Faint dark fruit undertones here and there. Considering the source this is not half bad... Doubt I would buy again however. My first rating from a smartphone, hope it comes put okay
joe19612 (1937) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin beige head, malty aroma with hops, the taste is bitter with malt and coffee, did not get the smoke, with a dry finish.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Watford. Poured a very dark brown, with a tan head, which rapidly dissipated to nothing. Aroma of dark malts, vanilla and milk chocolate. Initial flavours of toast, rhubarb and a slight medicinal edge. Cooked fruit, liquorice and straw in the finish. Not much in the way of smoked character and far too sweet for me.
ContemplateBeer (1585) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Roast is most apparent, but a touch of peat is in there; oak is a little more obvious as the beer warms; chocolate is more implicit than anything. Appearance: Very dark brown/near black pour with a foamy tan head that settles into an ever-present skin. Flavor: Oak is more apparent; vanilla sits at the edge of the roasted malts; chocolate is, again, more implicit; peat finally shows along with a little tea leaf toward the finish. Palate: Light body, oily texture, flat carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: A gently complex beer, really very lovely.
VastActiv (3084) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 0.5l from local market. Originally rated 15092011. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, some coffee and roasted malts.