VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, 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.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours a tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is rich dark malt-molasses, earthy. Taste is rich dark malt-chocolate/molasses, peat/smoke, earthy/spice hops. Finishes dryish.
williamherbert (1508) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The appearance is dark brown; light brings a reddish tinge, akin to a dark brown ale. Head lasts a few minutes, then becomes a layer of thin film. Specks of lace.
Wonderfully deep roasted, nutty and smoky smell. Bready and dry. Slightly sweet accent of plums, but mostly roasted.
Immediate smoky flavor, similar to mesquite, followed by bittersweet malts. The mesquite become an accent and the roasted malts and sweet stone fruits take over. Really nice. Burnt cookies with warmth.
The feel is dry and ashy; sandpaper. It’s a very nice, dry porter. Smoky and rich.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Malty roasted aroma. Reddish black body, light beige head. Flavor is definitely smoky, notes of coffee, lots of roasted malt. Finish is lengthy, smoky, very tasty.
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is lightly smoky, but primarily malty. Flavor has dark malt, water, and smoke, in that order. There is just an overall thinness to this beer that really drags it down.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells ofd roasty malt and smoky. Tastes smoky with some molasses and licorice present. Better than the imperial version for sure.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with beige head. Smells like coke, some coffee, little smoke. Flavor and palate are nice, still very little smoke. Good porter notes though. Malty, not very sweet, roasty. Pretty decent.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured into a snifter has a dark red black color and a thin tan head. aroma has lightly smoked sweet malt, cocoa, and cola. mouth feel is fizzy with a thin body. flavor is somewhat sweet, chocolate malt, almost undetectable smoke, drying, and finishes thin with light bitterness. lots of carbonation just does not help the thinness. definitely a gateway beer.