Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted band-aid aroma. Very dark brown, opaque with a dark head. Smoky but also fruity--cantaloupe and prune. An astringent note grows in the end--what’s going on? A little vanilla and cream soda, too. (tap at Old Fashioned, Madison)
nuplastikk (5675) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Old Fashioned as "Smoked Porter". Deep brown-black, opaque, with a steady beige head. Mellow, subdued (under)carbonation. More roast and chocolate than smoke. Sweet, sort of unrefined. Not bad, just sort of boring, not much depth.
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Old Fashioned, pours a very dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light, thin off white head, the aroma has a little bit of smoke and pig meat on the nose, kind of light though, the flavor is more porter with chocolate and malt notes with the smoke really not coming through all that much, kind of a wierd combo with a smoked beer and a porter, not my favorite.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at St Francis Brewpub. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is rather smoky with dark roasted malt and notes of peat and caramel. Taste of heavy peat and smoked meat with a sweet malt backbone and a mild smoky finish.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the St Francis brewpub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored porter with a creamy beige head that quickly dissipates to a film top and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, pork jerky spices and a hint of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of smoked chocolate malt, a hint of beef jerky spices, caramel and mild floral hops. Finish has a sharp spiced bitterness followed by some smoked caramel malt aftertaste. A touch spicier than most other smoked porters I’ve tried.