DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from DRE. Pours dark brown with off-khaki head. Nose is rauchy dark malt, earthy peaty, with some cacao and figgy fruit. Tastes rich, dark malty, with moderate rauchy notes, plus anise, cacao, choc syrup, and some hazelnut hints. Solid, and very good.
oh6gdx (21366) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@The Rake. Deep ambery brown colour, small head. Aroma is very nutty, mildly smoked and also has some mild earthy and chocolateish notes. Flavour is nuts, chocolate, some roasted malts as well as smoke and burnt wet wood. Mild liquorice as well.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque brown color with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, peated malt, caramel, crystal malt, roast, and a nice earthy notes. Flavor is malty, caramel, roast, toast, some smoke, chocolate, and a nice bitter earthy finish.
harrisoni (14353) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at White Horse, Parsons Green. Very dark deep ruby, virtually no head. Little bit of wood on the aroma. Fairly thinnish choc though. It’s ok, but just not particularly characterful, boozy or flavoursome. OK, no bad flavurs, but needs more balls, body and flavour.
evergreen0199 (2202) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at American beer fest White Horse London. Deep brown pour with a light tan head. Smokey aroma. Tastes not very smokey, coffee, chocolate. Smooth easy drinking smoked beer. Not bad for SN.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: cask handpull at the Sloany Pony.
Dark brown with the faintest off white head. Fruity and plenty of chocolate. The expected faint smoky notes are done very well indeed, I would just prefer a little more. A little meaty in the finish. Very one dimensional but decent enough. Hang aboot... where the hell is the alcohol? It’s just not there at all. Drinks like 4%!
SSSteve (3879) - - MAY 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap - dunwoody beer festival. black under a large tan head. lightly smoky nose. palate was moderately carbonated, lightly thin. flavor was excellent with chocolate and smoked nuts. this is the only memorable beer of the day. thanks sierra nevada!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled 1702, March 2009
This arrives from the tap with a solid one finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head that is quite nice for a tap beer. The beer is a dark color, approaching black that shows some clear ruby highlights around the edges of my glass. The aroma has a nice smokiness to it that is just what I was looking for. There is a touch of roast character here as well that adds a nice edge to the nose and a bit of coffee aromatics come out after a bit of time.
My first sip sees me noticing the roast flavors up front; notes of roasted grain and coffee like notes add some acidity, but then a solid smoky back-note comes into play here. This has a rich, malt-driven mouthfeel that provides a velvety texture that coats and envelopes the palate. The only downside it that a roasted edge adds a bit of sharp, burnt, acrid, acid character towards the finish that tends to cut into the lushness towards the finish. The roast character is still soft enough though that it does not overwhelm things overall. In fact, as the beer warms it starts to lose that acrid sharpness quite a bit. A really nice, significant chocolate like flavor starts to come out at this time that just adds to the richness of this beer and pairs really quite nicely with the nice smokiness.
While I like a lot of smoke in a beer, I like that this beer only has enough to contribute significantly, but still play a equal / supporting role to the rest of this beers character. This was done quite nicely, and I am especially enjoying this beer after it has warmed up and softened up a bit.
swoopjones (6537) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a deep black/brown. Smokey aroma. Taste is chocolate, smoke, smoked meats. Fuller mouthfeel, creamy. Good beer.
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Opaque black with off-white head.Lots of georgious lace. Smoke aroma, yes this is what I want. Creamy smoke flavour yet balanced with bitterness. Some chocolate and mollasses. Above average mouthfeel. Superior good drinking porter.