michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle (Very tough cork): Aroma of smoke, Bamburg wood, smoked meat, and slight ash. Poured brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is neither sweet nor bitter. Tastes of smoke, Bamburg wood, smoked meat, ash, fireplace, and light wood. Medium body. Dry texture. Soft carbonation. Smoke, Bamburg wood, and light smoked meat finish is dry. Very smoky, but not much to the body or overall palate. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ the brewery and from growler. Nice medium sized tan head, retention is very good as is the lacing. An almost black brew though ruby highlights do show through. Nose is meaty, smokey with some faint malts coming through. Body is medium, lightly oily, slick sorta chewy. Plenty of smokiness for yous smoke lovers backed by some nice roast notes, light woodiness and some faint chocolate notes as well. Did,nt even realize its runnin 8.5% ABV, wouldnt know it.Dry, roasty smokey finish. Might age well and lay down some of the smokey flavors that i,m not really a fan of. I think Smoked fans would enjoy this brew. Better than expected.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the KSBF ’09. Poured a dark brown (almost black) color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, some smoke meatiness, and roasty. Tastes of the same smokiness, roast, and had a light bitter finish. Not overly smoky. Body on the thinner side.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lancaster beer fest: aroma was strongly smokey with notes of bacon and bologna. flavor was rich and malty with loads of smoke character. body was quite lean for a porter, the biggest flaw in the beer, but I really enjoyed the flavor.
KornDogg (517) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 On Tap, Lancaster Beer Festival 2008.... Strong aroma and taste of Band Aides... Yes, band aides... the flavor was so disgusting I refused to finish my sample. The smoked wood chips completely took over the entire beer and the other attributes... could not taste the malts.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler courtesy of afire, thanks Waylo! Poured in a glass stein-a dark brown with a long lasting tan head. Smoke wood throughout, I like these smoked beers. This seemed light (clear) for a smoked beer but the smokey bitterness kind of wore on me a little. As it warmed I warmed up to it. Good Porter, one to sip and relax.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brewed in the USA, Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo. Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is Super smoky with a hint of burnt wood......... The taste is much of the same with a slight bitter finish. The longer you drink this porter you kind of get use to it.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a lasting tan head. Smells of smoke and wood. Taste of hickory smoke melds well with roasted bitterness. Maybe a tad too much smoke but still very enjoyable.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On draft at ABC 11th Capital City Brew fest. Poured a hazy brown in color with a tan head. Aroma of spiced bologna and mild roast. Tasted of strong meat, aged bologna, rancid, with not much body or malt backbone. Smoked and Rauchbiers are one of my favorite styles but something wasn’t clicking with me on this one.