dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla and smoke in both aroma and flavor. Really an anjoyable porter!
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 10/18/12
Aroma: The nose is lightly smoked malts, a little caramel, peat, and some wood
Appearance: This one pours a murky brownish-orange color with a small beige head
Flavor: The taste is a little smokier then the nose, but otherwise similar, it is also light-medium sweet
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a sticky and a little smooth, with a fairly soft carbonation
I thought this was a pretty decent smoked beer, but it didn’t have a ton of depth to the nose or the flavor. I liked this one, but I just can’t really find a reason to go much higher then middle of the road rating-wise.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Paramus. Pours a hazy bronze color with a thin fizzy tan head that fades very quickly. That’s the 2nd beer in a row that’s done that. Smoky, roasty aroma with faint toasty and vanilla notes. The taste is bitter, astringent smoke, roasted malts, nutty notes. Tastes almost charred. Medium bodied. Decent.
thornecb (4164) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light mahogany into a Sam glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Fire pit aromas. Medium bodied with caramel upfront and charred oak front to back. Lasting bitter charcoal finish. A little overloaded on the smoke...
jgb9348 (4488) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep clear rich brown coloured body with an earthy darkness, some ruby and indigo tints and a nice, two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of pungent smoke, peat, alcohol, pit fruits, raisins, cheese and a bit more alcohol and peat. Medium-bodied; Assertive smokey and roasty flavours dominate with some smoked salmon flavours soon afterward and a bit of an earthy mushroom kick at the end. Aftertaste is potent and strong with the alcohol of course showing through with some alcohol, bourbon, rum, pit fruits and some lighter fruits noticeable as well. Overall, a very strong smoked beer and much less of a porter (it really isn’t one at all) - perhaps a bit too deep and dark for me unless I had something that really accompanied it. Still, not a bad beer and fairly well done, but not great by any means. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-April-2012 for US$5.55 sampled at home in Washington on 23-July-2012.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery in Morrisville, VT. Pours a murky brown colored body with a few orange hues around the edges. Finger-width, frothy and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is phenols and a big smoke with a light malt sweetness. Some odd dark fruit notes, a light chocolate and caramel, and a grainy roast. Flavor is better without the phenols, but a bit one dimensional and sharp. Lots of smoke with some dry earth and roast up front with just a light caramel and chocolate in the middle. A hint of dark fruit before this finishes very dry, smoky, roasty, earthy, and moderately bitter before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a somewhat fizzy, moderate carbonation. Overall, my least favorite from Rock Art so far. Very smoky, but not nearly enough of a malt balance to keep this easy drinking. Not a big fan of this one.
puboflyons (1873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 22 ounce bottle. The pour is more of a deep but cloudy amber with a short-lived head. It was not as dark as I imagined it might be. The flavor boasts biscuity-malts with a feint smoky note. The body is just a bit under medium. The yeast brings out the smoke more so in the taste than in the aroma. A pleasant enough beer but it seemed to be missing something.
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A - Almost no head. Zero lacing on the glass. Light brown.
S - Smells like a standard English porter. Smoked malts and heavy Irish cheese. Birch wood.
T - Very smoky. Intensely smoked and zero hops at all. Burnt BBQ chicken.
M - 40/60 carbonation. Oily, heavy body.
O - Intense smoke. Too much. Little much else to this beer.
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut brown with a small amount of white head. Aroma is sweet and phenolic, like smoked bacon and pancake syrup. Taste is exactly that, and the phenolics get a bit acrid and woody into the finish, without ever really crosssing the line. $6/22oz
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a surprisingly clear pour, with an aroma of smoke and carmel, the flavour is not to smoky and it is very smooth, quite interesting, glad to try
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber from CBR. Poured a muddy orange/brown with a smaller lift beige foamy head. Aroma of burnt rubber, band aid, smoke and bad chocolate. Nice medium mouthfeel with fuller carbonation and a quick fading after taste. Flavor of very light smoke, hint of chocolate, toast and citrus rind. Drinkable and by the end it was starting to grow on me......a bit anyway.