cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/26/04. On draft at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 8/26/04. Pours a very dark coffee brown, pretty clear. Head is light, sort of a white sandy tan. Fat, lumpy ashen lacing, fast but sandy and nice. Aroma has some chocolate, bright smoke, sweetness, richly luscious, and a bit of unmalted barley. Big round smokiness and dark brown sugar. A touch of burnt sugar, some sharp hops and a touch of alcohol. Dark malts all over the place. Medium body, silky smooth. Finish is long and mean with a touch of brown sugary stickiness creeping in. Very delicious beer, and I wish they would make this on the regular. Much more malt presence and much more complex than their typical smoked porter.
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin, light brown head. Roasty aroma with a bit of coffee, smoke and bittersweet chocolate. Color is a dark brown/black. Rich, complex chocolaty flavor. Full bodied. Finish is slightly dry and slightly bitter. A great porter. Thanks to willblake for this great brew.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brownish black, creamy tan head. Awesome nose of expresso, bittersweet chocolate, bitter citrus, leather and light smoke. The taste is a complex blend of blackened chocolate, earth, smoke, with a good hint of Stoneís citric hops to round it out. Full bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter hop finish. If only there was more....
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is very goooood stuff. Beautiful, very dark, vaguely deep red. Huge head, brownn and full, lasts for a very long time. Nose a bit smoky, lots of woodiness. Great flavor, some smoke, woody, and a great roastiness at the end, a bit of chocolate, nice bitterness, very good things going on. Finish is dry, surprisingly hoppy for a two-year-old beer. Very enjoyable brew.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice looking beer, beautiful creamy tan head superb lacing. Deep dark ruby not quite opaque. Very nice smoky chocolate and some wood. The flavor is lots of chocolate, tons of smoke and a big wallop of bitter roasted malt at the end. Medium full body. The finish is a tad harsh but overall an enjoyable beer.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Killer porter Smell: plums, smoke, peat, roast. Taste: smoke, roast, mouthfeel oily and full, yet not too thick. Ends with my luvvly, luvvly rich TANG. PíTANG! Thanks Willblake!!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.23.04 Bottle thanks to Secret Santa. Black beer with dark head. Aromas roasty and grainy, some smoke, some coffee, some burnt/caramelized sugars. The flavors mimic the aromas with the addition of oak notes. The palate is creamy and thick like chocolatey coffee thatís been left on the burner all day. Thanks Santa!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Willblake. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Roasty and malty. Aroma is slightly smokey. Smooth caramel flavors. Smooth and complex flavors. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special thanks out to Willblake for this absolute gem. Deep brown, tan head. Nice roasty, slight smoke aroma, but you really have to search for the smoke, especially after Fred. Malty smokey smooth carmel flavor with a hop bitterness finish. Really smooth and complex. Nice!
muzzlehatch (4464) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Wow, cool, someone had this, now I donít have to trade for it...except I really liked it and want more than the tiny dregs of the bottle I got. I donít know why this isnít still listed as "smoked", the aroma on this thing is pure barbecue, sausage and Virginia ham and just a bit of spicy coffee, wonderful. In the flavor: vanilla, smoky malts, light finishing bitterness which grows much stronger when warm; sugar strong but subdued under the meat. Awesome.