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RATINGS: 88   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
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On On tap at Zenoís Pub - State College, PA. Aroma throws a light dusting of volcanic soil, stained wood, and hickory char. Rustic, but very quiet. Dark black-brown, with a good half-inch of soft, creamy tan soap. Flavor starts off really slowly, with a quiet chalky tone of cream, caramel, and ash. As it warms, the incredibly minimal smoke character evolves as a bit of white ash and not much else. Overly refined. I want much more smoke. That said, the soft, fuzzy porter that lays below is delicate and nice. A good melange of darker flavors and a sweet backing. Crisp. I like the porter, but not the smoke. Finishes clean and lingers in some hop oils. Alcohol way down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Date: January 26, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Metropolis
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: rich dry chocolate aroma with lots of woody hickory smoke character
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of earthy smoke, touch of peat, just enough sweetness to balance the earthy smoke and bring out the chocolate, long smokey and bitter finish
Overall: a wonderful big smokey porter in league with the big dogs

Date: June 26, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
this beer still kicks ass even on a hot Georgia night sitting by the bottle cooler spitting out waves of heat

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Pint at Zenoís, State College. Dark brown, light brown head, lasts and laces. Subdued smoke in the nose (no campfire or smoked meats, but some smoke presence), chocolate, and roast. Surprisingly balanced between sweetness and roasted, darker, burnt flavors. Very rich on the palate, quite viscous. Alcohol not apparent in nose or taste. A solid effort.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2418) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
On draft at EBB. Pours a dark cola with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of cola. Leaves a charred aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Draft at Gingerman. A good day to be drinking smoked porter with all the snow outside in March. Great amount of smokiness in the nose with a strong alcohol burn. Flavor is even more boozy, almost to the point where you canít taste the chocolate or cocoa. Disapponting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Draft at Binnyís South Loop. Pour a nice, deep black/brown, small fluffy head. Nose is rich and chocolatey with a little smoke in the nose. Taste is nice, big and rich with the smoke complimenting the Porter body and tastes of chocolate and grains. A very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a deep black with a smallish brown head which deflates quickly. Smoke, port, stone fruit, toasted malt and. Medium to thick mouthfeel, enhanced by the light creamy carbonation. Slightly sweet, but with a good amount of roast. Lots of slowly developing smoke on the finish. Really good, and a couple steps above what I usually think of for SN.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
16 oz. pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia. Appearance: Black body, not quite opaque, with a lean, beige-colored head. Smell: Aroma of roasted maltiness mingled with notes of chocolate and industrial-grade smoke. Taste: Roasty, blackened malts with a charry smoke component and taste of unsweetened chocolate stirred up with licorice root. Nominal sweetness throughout. Small hint of fruit. Negligible but noticeable alcohol presence. Medium-low bitterness builds as you near the drying, smoky, roasty finish. Mouthfeel: SNISP is a bit above medium, both in terms of body and carbonation. Drinkability: Itís likable. Mostly, itís just nice to see Sierra Nevada releasing a new beer that isnít just another pale ale of IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Tap at Barcade: Dark brown with dark khaki head. Lightly smoky nose with more chocolate character than anything. Thereís a touch of sweet peat in there, and perhaps a milky note. Slick creamy body. The flavor has a dense malt character with only mild smoke, more lean peated character with some cocoa as well. Not too sweet, with a light roasted note. Decent, just a simple solid Porter, and not smoky enough!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 This is what I look for in a smoked porter. Dark black pour with a fingers worth of caramel colored head. Strong chocolate presence in the aroma with the unmistakable aroma of ash. Surprisingly this one is sweeter than I expected. Sweet chocolate and molasses flavors meld well with a bold smoke presence. Must get more of this before the keg runs out.


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