brokensail (15774) - 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.
bhensonb (13995) - 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. :)
slowrunner77 (9950) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Payback is a super nice Porter already. The smoke here threatens to overwhelm, but never does. Big bodied, rich, malty, with ample smoke on the nose and in the flavor. Compliments the roasted malts well, especially on the palate. Solid."
marcus (9029) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with a thick tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor, in fact a bit too much smoke, and a dry finish.
bb (8528) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (7977) - .....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
Ernest (7286) - 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).
onceblind (7135) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour under a foamy light khaki head. The aroma reminds me of fingerprint from kindergarten. There’s a bit of earthy plastic with some rauch malts and dark rustic malt tones. The flavor is also a bit rustic and smokey, with a wee bit of espresso and smoked pork. Dark burnt caramel flavors underneath. Not shabby, just not my thing.
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.
riversideAK (6104) - 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.