poisoneddwarf (1621) - 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 (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 I’d expect it would based on description.
brokensail (9938) - 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 (596) - 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 (2612) - 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 (10352) - 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. It’s not brown/black. It’s black. Light smoke over dark burnt malt for aroma. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is sort of hickory/oak smoke - doesn’t 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 (5560) - 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.
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured dark black with moderate head. Campfire and smoked bacon notes were dominant on this one. Some malt, toasted grains, and caramel sweetness for depth. Dark chocolates and a mild bitterness. May come off astringent if you’re not into smoked beers.
neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Colour...black with a slight twinge of brown around fringe. Nose...redolently smoky though I can’t discern that its cherry wood, but it doesn’t matter, as it’s quite a treat on the nose. There’s also whiffs of cocoa powder and devils food cake. Palate...silky, smooth, smoky and seductive. The smoke maintains an obvious presence but does not overwhelm and allows itself to meld beautifully with the flavours of chocolate ganache, roasted almonds and sea salt. This is one of the finest smoked porters I’ve ever tasted!
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Brown beer with a dark cream head. Bacon and smoke aroma with malt. Malt and light smoke flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Smoke and light caramel lingers with light malt.