zvikar (2518) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at beerandbeyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours black opaque with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, wood and smoke, flavor is bitter and smoked with burnt wood, chocolate and cherry, medium to full bodied, great
drjay44 (2350) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, light beige head, with some lacing, over a brownish black (SRM 35) body.....nose is light coffee, chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel, light smoke from the smoked, roasted malts, light herbs from the hops, minimal esters....taste is light smoke, light coffee, chocolate from the malts, leading to a light bitter finish, with hints of herbs from the hops.....mouth feel light of medium, slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation creates a creamy mouthful, with a clean slightly acid finish. This is a nicely balanced beer. The smoke was used with a light hand, and added complexity to both aroma and flavor making for an interesting and a quite good beer. BJCP 8/3/15/5/8
Brouwerij (722) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with tan head, settles in minutes with some thin lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasted, chocolate. Flavor is heavily roasted, dark chocolate, with a mildly smoky, roasted finish and aftertaste. Nice malt profile. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and crisp texture. Carbonation could be toned down a bit, it always prevents the flavor from coming through fully. Wouldn’t classify it as a smoked beer, but a very pleasant smoky porter. Really enjoyed this beer.
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of manure, scorched earth/peat, vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I must admit the horse manure odor is a little off-putting...I’m all for rusticity, and it works well when it’s part of a complex larger picture of similar elements, but it’s not the best pairing for normal clean porter smells like chocolate and vanilla. And yeah, it’s really more manure-like than smoky. Also a little syrupy sweet for me, but seems reasonably well-made in general...no off notes (unless you consider the manure smell to be off).
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Black, moderate frothy light brown head, nice lacing.   Very soft roast, slight ash, not too much smoke.   A bit more smoke on the tongue.   Roasty, not too bitter, very light sweetness.   Seems a tamer example of Alaskans example, and without that silky body.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with a soft lactose sweetness, very pale roast, and even softer smoke and ash.   Light Smoked Porter, but clean and with a decent balance.
SudsMcDuff (5374) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks M.A .-bought in San Fran at Healthy Spirits .. . Pours a deep black . .. foam is solid, mild lacing .. . tar, black gum, baked on frying pan specks, musty burnt molasses, and burnt toast .. . shake that head, cat! .. . mouth is mild to medium in intensity .. . a decent beer for sure, but not much of a smoke heavy beer
.. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C9uU0R89Bo
poisoneddwarf (1483) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head with good retention; leaves some lace. Aroma is pretty stinky. Smells like wet burnt dog hair; I also get some caramel, cooked vegetables. Taste is sweet and smoky; I get cigar ash, licorice, cough drops (the beer actually seems to numb my mouth like a cough drop would). Body is medium, carbonation average. Not good, and I love me a good smoked beer. Messy, unsophisticated...it’s a damn shame--the label is really badass and noir-ish--I was expecting more.
icehawk (612) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with cola colored head. Nice coffee aroma with a subtle smokiness. Smoke up front, with chocolate and coffee flavors. Smooth, medium, slightly slick mouthfeel. Aftertaste is on par with the aroma... coffee with subtle smokiness. Good stuff; tastes exactly as I’d expect it would based on description.
brokensail (9202) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Smokey nose, roasted malt, and some charred wood. Mild caramel, some chocolate, and earth. Smokey flavor, roast, and a bit of char. Wood, almonds, chocolate, and a light sweetness of malt and dark fruit.
rhsiung (495) - USA - MAY 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap @ city beer store. very nice. did like James Bean and Figaro even better. sf is such a great beer town. rating #10! / amber, frothy, butterscotch, heavy, floral, cheese, ginger, soft, alcohol, lively