joeneugs (3740) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours black with a light tan head. The aroma is very heavy with bourbon, vanilla, caramel and lighter notes of wet wood. Some fudge. The flavor is alcohol heavy with sweet vanilla, wood and circus peanuts (the candy). A little roasted malt. The smoke did not really make it’s presence here unfortunately. Just a hint maybe. Very sweet and not really rich enough in the mouthfeel to support with all the alcohol. Not bad though. I prefer the un-barreled version.
monk191 (1201) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice smoked porter. Pours a not so thick black with little head. Smells of cooked bacon and vanilla. Taste is sweet, with some bourbon, vanilla, caramel and smoked bacon. Had on tap at the taproom for SF Beer Week.
douglas88 (6692) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GABBF 2015. Pours a dark mahogany color with wisps of black, a small grey head. A big bourbon nose, vanilla, roast, charred wood. Dry overall, smoke, whiskey, vanilla, very oaky. Works perfect. The flavor is not too sweet or hot, but instead very drinkable. Damn good.
Sledutah (5573) - Utah, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GABBF
Black with a small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is woody, smoky and whiskey. Taste of roasted malts, woody, whiskey and vanilla
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Nice smoke/barrel scent. Taste is similar but the flavors are balances perfectly.
JohnnyJ (4729) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at PP Carlsbad 2010 Barrel Blast. Dark black pour, tan head. Chocolate, smoke, oak, lightly roasty, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of sweet fruit. A nice beer.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Barrel Blast. Pours with a very dark, black body with a brown head that is slow to fade. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, salty, vanilla and barrel. Flavors are also smokey, with chocolate and tons of brown sugar. Very chewy mouthfeel. Very tasty.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Co-rate! Sierra Nevada brought it strong to Barrel Blast. Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Aroma of booze and chocolate. Taste is very smooth coffee grounds and velvety chocolate. Very nice.
Travlr (14454) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Aroma of booze and chocolate. Taste is very smooth coffee grounds and velvety chocolate. Very nice.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whispy head rests upon a dark brown beer. Nose of smoked wood in the camp fire vein..with a touch of smokey tartness around the edges. Nice chocolate and restrained yet refined smoked interplay in the flavors..nicely thick body and bourbon roundness allows the smoke to cling to the palate wonderfully adding a pretty fucking awesome dimension to the underlying porter. This is a down right awesome smoked porter..super focused, super refined, perfectly executed..such lovely marriage of chocolaty malts and smokiness. Hells yes.