alexsdad06 (8432) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ RB Chicago (from notes 5/23/09). Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has a nice smoked character, roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. The flavor is smoked malts, roasted malt, cocoa, and a strange fruit note. Medium plus body. This one was decent.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Chicago. Pours black with a brown head. Light on the smoke in the aroma and big on barley -- bummer. Tastes of balanced notes of each, though, with added notes of baker’s cocoa and cream. Highly drinkable.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. Poured deep brown with a well-retained cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma found smoky accents over well-roasted dark chocolate, molasses, and black patent malts.. a bit phenolic on the back. The flavor found rich, roasted darker chocolate supporting liquefied campfire smoke.. touches of earth and coffee bitterness surrounded.. warm on the back. Creamy, rolling carbonation across the palate with a nice, dry, bitter complement.. the smoke worked quite well in this one.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark porter with a thin moka head. A rather strange, cheesy aroma, with burned wood, and phenolics. In mouth, a rich and smooth porter, with light smokey notes, oily mouthfeel. A rich and smooth porter. On tap at brewpub, May 17 2009.
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2011 very good brew, smokiness is subtle and as such adds complexity to the chocolate and slight coffee flavour of the porter. my favourite of the night
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark dark brown, tiny tan bubbles for a head, nice lace. nose of coffee and roasty malt. flavor is very roasty, smoky, with notes of coffee, chocolate and some hoppy bitterness. medium bodied, lightly bitter finish. very enjoyable, a touch too heavy to be sessionable. on tap @ RBC brewpub.
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewpub pre DLD 09 ... Deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft smooth roast malts ... bit thin .. little smokey .. nice roast.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At brewpub. Pours an opaque extra dark brown with a small beige froth. Full aroma, creamy, coats the nostrils, smoked beachwood. Really strong flavor, full of coffee and roast, some beachwood, then dark chocolate, a little bit fruity, coffee beachwood aftertaste. The fruitiness is kind of off-putting. Ashy tobacco bitter coffee aftertaste. Creamy full mouthful, medium body with full carbonation. Really nice roasty qualities but has some oddities.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at RockFest ’09, pours black with tan head. nose of smoke and alcohol. flavors of smoke, woody, meaty, milk chocolate. astringent finish. a decent brew but this isn’t really working.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rockfest II, Rock Bottom Chicago: This poured an opaque mahogany body with a modest tan head. The aroma was a woody smokiness with a dark roasted sweetness and a dash of earthy, floral hops. The flavor was ruled by the smoke, but bitter chocolate and roasted malt were evident. As was a hoppy bitterness that seemed to clash with the smokey flavors... which is probably why most smoked beers are lightly hopped. Pretty decent stuff regardless.