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.
ContemplateBeer (1438) - 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 (2205) - 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.
nearbeer (3442) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Max’s Taphouse. Uncloudy mahogany with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is molasses with a hint of char. Taste is similar with some apple and marshmallow notes. Light-medium body is watery, has low carbonation and a good balance. Good but a bit disappointing with the barely detectable level of smoke and oak.
BlackHaddock (3201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5.8 version: 11.3 fl oz bottle. Poured on 4th March 2014 at home into a Gordon thistle shaped glass just for the hell of it. Actually the brew suited it, or it would have done if the head had bothered to appear.
Dark, dark ruby red to a deep mahogany body with ahead that disappeared before it arrived: I don’t like that!
Mild smokiness to the malty aroma, same in the taste. Some wood notes within the flavours and nose. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate arrive as the beer warms a little which add depth and character to the brew which had been a tad blandish when cooler.
Weaker body than I expected but not watery, just not Porter like either.
Overall not bad, wanted more from it, but content with what I got.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Very Dark Brown in colour. Very Malty; lots of peaty smoked malts, oaked, roasted malts, hints of iodine, vanilla, coffee and smoked bacon; Scottish peated whisky malt. Hoppy; slight hops. Smooth, subtle smokiness. Sweetish smokey malty and very dry throughout leading to slight bitterness in the smokey finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Smoked Porter!
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with a short tan head.
Smoky coffee, peat, chocolate aroma.
Taste is lightly smoked, roast coffee, chocolate malt.
Very light and tasty....
Drinks like a very, very good porter.
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like a brown ale rather than a porter with a foamy head. Lightly sweet with a touch of smoke. Not much else. Pleasant enough.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jjsint (505) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark brown with a hint of indigo. No head, but plentiful carbonation which dissipates quickly. The aroma is of burnt coffee, vanilla, firewood. It is a sweet beer, with some acrid bitterness mixed in. The bitterness fades over the course of the taste profile to give an understated sweet finish. A decent smoke flavour that isn’t over the top. Uncomplicated and refreshing.
Philym (722) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Dark brown with finger thick tan head.
Aroma: Toast, grass/hay, pepper, wood, smoky and note of peat.
Taste: Low/medium bitterness and sourness, with low sweetness.
Palate: Smooth thick texture, light body, low/average carbonation, lingering astringent, smoky, roast malty, finish with tobacco notes.
scotty (1033) - SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought from local Sainsburys for 84p!!! Big smoky nose, reminds me a wee bit of Islay malt whisky ( the peated malt connection?) nice! Deep mahogany colour, the off white head dies slowly, leaving a thin patchwork. Medium body, the initial flavours are smoky malt and toffee, there are hints of spice creeping in on the finish, these linger awhile, a nice satisfying brew, wishing I?d bought more than one bottle, I bet there?s none left when I go back tomorrow! :(