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!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, 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!!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, 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.
mkobes (2141) - 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.
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.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2002. Small light-brown frothy head. Dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma... sweet whiskey, light smoke at the start, burnt grain, with some sweet fruit (maybe grape0 and brown sugar. Taste has burnt charcoal followed by a fruity (grape) bitterness (grapefruit) and sweet with brown sugar. Some alcohol burn after a while, but it has a nice smooth and almost creamy/sticky feel. Very good beer.
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!
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a mild carbonation. Aroma is of sweet soy and raisins. Flavor is of sweet soy, raisins, with a bit of chocolate.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 An essentially black body with a short-lived tan head. Dry charcoal-y aroma with a dark sweet presence right underneath it, smells like blueberry and apricot. Rose petals at the end of the aroma. Big malty flavor and that same dry charcoal wraps up with grapefruit tartness. Dark apricot notes in the malty start. The finish has more charcoal dust combined with porterish tartness. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I found the smoked element to be distracting.
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.