eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice dark brown to black appearance with mahogany edges and a nice head. Lacing was only momentary and followed the surface as it was consumed. The aroma was smoky and I couldn’t pick much else up (hey, this is called the fire bringer, after all). The flavor was certainly smoky, somewhat like a rauchbier, but there were also roasted malts, light coffee, and alcohol present (it almost wanted to be vinous, rather than a coffee/chocolate overdosed stout/porter). The mouthfeel was heavy, but the consistency wasn’t like motor oil, just heavy on flavor and fullness. I enjoyed this one, as it didn’t overpower with the smoked-ness.
alobar (2515) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and smoke. Very creamy mouth feel with a flavor comprised of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and smoke More smoke as it warms. Very nice brew! One of the best from Sly Fox.
pilgrimoutlaw (642) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sly Fox Brewery. Pours black with minimal head. Fairly smoky up front, but smoke flavor diminishes by the time you get to the bottom of the glass. Tastes like a fairly standard porter - roast, some chocoloate, moderate bitterness. Somewhat thin bodied. Overall, a good experience.
TeamTrappist (829) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at blind tiger. Poured mahogany with no head. The nose was coffee and chocolate. Thinner front. But the middle had big roasted malts and coffee. Big nice bitter finish.
vtafro (2174) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Dark pour with light brown head. Smokey, roasted coffee, and chocolate with some alcohol. First good one at BT.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Hints of smoke dark malt, chocolate and some roasted coffee character. Full with a nice warming. Good brew...finally.
Funknmilla (668) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4-10-09......growler from Phoenixville location...dark dark brown with ruddy hues...very small beige head....sweet smoky flavors.....simple yet very palatable...a smoky aroma with a hop hint....drinks easy and smooth a taste of coffee and roasted malt....this is one balanced beer!
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mini-growler from Half-Time. Pours a deep dark black with a medium sized dense light tan head. A little boozy on the nose to start, but backed up with a lovely smoked malt presence. Thin to medium body, light sweetness, a touch of smoke, and again, the faintest touch of alcohol. Finishes with a good amount of smoke, a light bitterness, and again, more alcohol. Still pretty solid, and the alcohol presence doesn’t distract much.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Barcade. Deep brown beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is lightly sticky. Some chewy, fruity character. A bit of soft fruity, tobacco and an earthy character. Lots of tobacco and an interesting earthiness. There is a touch of light smoke but also a strange vegetal character that doesn’t really work for me.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Barcade. Roasty sweet, wet chocolate aroma, with some peanuty malt notes. Cocoa powder and an ugly, tar-y kind of curry flavor. No good. Not very porter like.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Barcade: Deep brown with a light tan ring of head. Porterish aroma, but it’s covered by lots of vanilla. Some smooth roast roast, almost coffeeish with dark crystal notes. Silky palate. Sweet for a porter- chocolaty with nutty with dark crystal and quite a bit of vanilla for a porter. It would be a solid amped up porter if it didn’t have that vanilla/maltose residual sugar character.