j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a small tasting with Max, Paul, and Andy. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a thin white head. Smoke and a touch of roast on the nose, a touch of burnt tire. Medium bodied, loads of smoke in the body, smooth and smoky. Long roast and smoke on the finish.
cfrancis (2700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with a dark brown frothy head. Aroma is heavily smoked campfire with a small amount of smoked deli meats. Taste is big smoke with the oilyness of deli meat. Man I have troubles with this style.
mabel (7437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[4141-20111124] 341mL bottle. Charred smoky roast malt aroma. Black brown body with a quick creamy light tan head. Quite charred roasted bread grain flavour has a light fish scale note. Full body. Odd roasty notes, smokiness brings out interesting malt characteristics. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc)
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [341ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Nov. 2011. Pours a very dark brown, quite bubbly, with a small frothy diminishing beige head. Nice aroma, super smoky along with sweet roasted malt, bbq’ed meat, burnt wood and a hint of coffee. Flavour of roasted malt, lots of smoke (though less then in the aroma), some chocolate and a touch of coffee. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great stuff, I loved it.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 #1058 bottle; Nose is mediumheavy dry smoke, raspberry, cake, late weak hops whiff, feel Is mediumbroad, carb is medium, taste is mediumheavy roasted malt, some coffee, plum, alcohol note
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin dark head. Smells of dry wood. Tastes of roasted malt, wood, brown sugar, caramel and a hint of milk chocolate.A nice smokey, roasted and, do I also taste...maple finish? Body is VERY thick and oily, each gulp feels like a satisfying mouthful. Carbonation is just perfect. Definitely a classic!
pressog (1) - - DEC 1, 2011 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
roasty, earthy, smoke, resin, Massive is the key word as in undoublty the most smokey beer ever. It’s like drinking by the fireplace. Nice on a cold winter night
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011-11-24. Nice black body with a small creamy tan head. Smokey aroma, modes malt note hint at a malty richness below, but the smoke dominates. Flavour is less smokey than expected from the aroma, cocoa and chocolate like accents, mild dark malt core. Smokey roasty bitterness lingers in the finish. 6+ Smooth average plus to medium palate. 3+ Pretty solid, and not intensely smokey but just enough to put me off. Smoke fans will enjoy it much more. Bottle from Dépanneur Tout-Près, Lévis
kevinsenn (1468) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
341mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha. Pours opaque black with no head. Smell is strong whiskey and oak. Taste is very smoky... not much else to say about that. Feels pretty thin for such a dark beer at 8.6% ABV. Decent, though I’m not in love with it.
toffsbury (115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is 92% oak, 8% antiseptic. Pours very very dark, with no head to speak of. Quite attractive black and red colour. Taste is mildly bitter, big on smoke. It’s like a smoked sausage minus the sausage. I don’t taste much else besides smoke, really.
It’s not bad. Decent body, fairly smooth.
Can definitely taste the alcohol. No hops to mask it, and the malt doesn’t do much in that regard.
Bottle courtesey of kevinsenn.