neepsntatties (1420) - 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!
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Speakeasy tap room. It pours black with a tan head. The aroma has smoky wood with some coffee, toast and dry cocoa. Nice. The flavor is burnt wood… very savory., dry roasted malt with some chocolate. Really a great smoked porter. On point.
bhensonb (12582) - 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 (7207) - 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."
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.
Brouwerij (957) - 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.
drjay44 (2996) - 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
zvikar (4069) - 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
BillKismet (3515) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with a thin chocolate head. Nice smokey and sea air salt nose blends splendidly with the roasty malt base. Salted chocolate sea shore body with a smooth chocolate roastiness that is accentuated by a gentle smokey salt. Quite lovely, albeit a bit on the salty and sweet side.
riversideAK (5738) - 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.