jgb9348 (4771) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, licorice, coffee, nuts and a lot of alcohol. Medium-bodied; Strong anise flavour with a lot of roasted malt, coffee, nuts and a touch of soy sauce and permanent marker - no smoked notes at all, just a deep burn and strong licorice flavour. Aftertaste deep and strong with the roasted malt, burnt coffee beans (a la *$) alcohol and anise flavours dominating with a touch of decent camalised sugars on the back end. Overall, a strong and rather underwhelming beer, but it has a lot of flavour - just not great flavours, especially for this style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 27-November-2011 for US$7.95/6pack, sampled at home in Upstate New York on 25-May-2012.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear brown porter with no head. In aroma, a strange beany chocolate, a bit off and unpleasant. In mouth, a smooth peaty chocolate with light acidity lingering, watery and boring. On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill, April 7, 2012.
BroSpud (1707) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish-red with a light tan head. Smoky aroma followed by flavors of smoke and coffee with an overall bitterness throughout. I usually like smoky coffee flavors but coupled with a very thin, almost watery palate this one seems a bit lacking.
coldbrewky (1428) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via Dad. Lightly smokey nose on this thin bodied translucent brown beer. Light to medium carbonation, as the amount seemingly undulated from slow to moderate. Hops linger in wings. Thinner watery body takes quite a bit away from overall experience. Smoked character is strong but it is pretty much the singular focus. Porter it is not.
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pints. Chocolate and coffee. Roasty more than smokey aroma. Hits the style.
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with off white foam head. Aroma of caramel and smoke. Sweet caramel taste with heavy smoke and a balancing bitter layer. Too smokey for my taste. Watery.
jtclockwork (8592) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2010 Bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger. Pours brownish. Nose and taste of smoke, BBQ, lager malts and light cocoa.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Sampled at the brewery - Pours a dark brown in color, but has reddish tones if held to the light. Aroma is of roasted and smoked malts with some sweetness underneath. Flavor is quite smoky with some dark fruits and perhaps some chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter. I liked it!
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle variety pack brought back by a friend who went home to VT for a visit - Pours a dark ruby brown with a small, white head. Smells of malts with some light roast and intense smokey woodiness. Taste is roasty dark maltswith a little sweetness and a hint of dark fruits. The smokiness is there for the whole event from first whiff to the last sip - pretty decent porter and I would rank this as the best beer in the variery pack.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Malt y smoked malt, light peat, thin body with some lighter caramel and chocolate esk tones. Thin and light with a drying bitterness to finish. Okay.