Ernest (7249) - 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...Iím all for rusticity, and it works well when itís part of a complex larger picture of similar elements, but itís not the best pairing for normal clean porter smells like chocolate and vanilla. And yeah, itís 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 (6599) - 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 (7873) - .....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 (2249) - 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...itís a damn shame--the label is really badass and noir-ish--I was expecting more.
icehawk (834) - 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 Iíd expect it would based on description.
brokensail (15635) - Dublin, 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.
zebra (1659) - Illinois, 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
queenholly (3619) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at Beoir Go Leoir. Chocolate, and light earthy smoke aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Earthy wood smoke, chocolate, and light molasses flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
bhensonb (13850) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours black with a foamy tan head. Itís not brown/black. Itís black. Light smoke over dark burnt malt for aroma. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is sort of hickory/oak smoke - doesnít seem peat - with some fairly well hidden chocolate and dark malt. Not getting coffee. The smoke is cool - but it does obscure whatever complexity may lurk within. Nice drink. Nice change of pace. Well done. Much better than many of the Glaswegian brews. :)
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoked meat, ashy notes, and some roasted malts/darker chocolate. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate all with a smoked meat profile throughout. Smooth and drinkable at 7.75% with great balance and smoke flavor. An enjoyable beer.