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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4550) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
On Cask at PP Carlsbad. Bark brown pour, nice soft tan head from cask. Chocolate, smoke, bacon, light roasted coffee. Silky mouthfeel. tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Dark brown color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is nice and smoky with a bit of meat, roast, and campfire plus chocolate. Flavor is a bit meaty and quite roasty with some coffee and chocolate in the background. Really nice smoked porter that I hope to see a lot more of.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2009
Draft at Ginger Man NYC. Poured an opaque black color. The head was creamy and light brown with good retention and lacing. Smelled of bacon cooking over an open campfire. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Not overly boozy. tasted of smoked bacon, burnt stick, and subdued milk chocolate. Nice and smoky. I liked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3334) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2009
On tap (cask) at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, wood and meat. Flavor was very meaty and smoky. Highly drinkable and just a really nice tasting beer. Palate was smooth and a bit creamy. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6349) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Pours near black with a tan head. Light roasty aroma with some coffee and smoke. The flavor has roasted malts, some light sweetness, and a decent amount of burnt wood and smoke. Not the best smoked porter I’ve tried, but a certainly a very drinkable and tasty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - APR 17, 2009
First smoked beer. Interesting. A nice porter undergirds the smokey flavor, which recedes a bit as you drink. Guess I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers, but fun to try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 17, 2009
Really good smoked beer. Huge smoke aroma when the beer warms up. Had this on tap at the Taco Mac on Peachtree street. They actually had the damn beer for once. Nice opaque black with a SLIGHT off-white head. The beer is a bit thin. Doesn’t have the best palate that I have ever had. Taste is the best part of the beer. A very nice smoke taste and ash taste, both in the before and after taste. Very good smoke taste. Simply amazing to me. Leaves a wonderful smoked flavor on my tongue. Has a nice dry bitter finish. Overall, pretty good smoked beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2009
Tap. Black, tan head. Nose is a hint of smoke, lots of rich roasty malt, some toffee - all quite restrained. Flavor is roasty malt, the smoke is more present than the nose lets on but not overwhelming. Notes of cocoa, English toffee, some cola-like bite. Really awesome creamy body - lucious but not heavy. More smokiness in the finish, but again, not overwhelming. Lingery roasty malt & smoke w. a hint of hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Draft. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Malt and caramel aroma. Caramel/toffee flavor with light roast and very light smoke. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers. Not enough smoke. Had this again (scores 8 4 8 3 17). Newer version has lots of bacon and smoke. Not at all the same

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
On tap at Rose & Crown. I really like where these Sierra Nevada guys are going with their recent stuff. Nearly black color with a two-finger tan head. Lots of smoke in the aroma, along with coffee and roastiness. Flavor hits you with BBQ smoke up front, then backs off a little bit leaving you with a nice roasted malt, coffee, and earth flavor. Medium-heavy body with a creamy palate. Not quite Alaskan Smoked Porter but close.


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