jaymobrown (1588) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried and tried I might could not find a nose through the night. The smoked flavors are not up front in the flavor and really needed to be searched for. Makes a good porter, and a fine beer, but expecting the smoked and not getting any is kind of disappointing. Creamy textures fairly good feel.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black beer with crisp tan head that fades quickly to tan lacing. Oily, chocolately, coffe taste and much more interesting than a porter, with smokey peat and bitter cascade hops on top of the usual simple porter dark malt. Sweet and bitter finish, with lingering smokiness. I did not expect to like it, since I don't like rauchbieres or porters. This was great, and an unanticipated delight.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
While I totally missed any suggested smokiness, I found this light bodied, oily porter to be chock full of great flavors. Huge oatmeal, chocolates, and gourmet coffees. Dry hoppiness is light and the aftertaste is sweet and subtle. The empty bottle does give off a bit of smokiness, more like a dying campfire than smoked meat, ala most rauchbiers.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark black color with small tan head. Needs more carbonation. Roasted malt and smokey flavor.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rich brown with a brown, creamy head. The first scent is of hops and a smokiness. Then slowly the coffee-ish notes seep in. The taste has some hop bitterness to go along with the cocoa and coffee combo but the smoke taste is not a strong as the Aecht Scherlenka brand. That was a little overwhelming whereas this was more tolerable. Good beer.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick tan head. Very little smoke, if any at all, in both the nose and the flavor of this beer. Piney, grassy, and almost slightly tangy. Body seemed thin when compared to other more robust smoked beers I've had. Probably would stay away from this one in the future.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My new favorite brewery, if only they weren't all the way in California. Awesome porter! Coffe aroma with slight chocolate notes. Tannish head and nice lacing. A porter that stands up with a slight smokiness. Thick enough for breakfast, but not for dinner. Wow.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusty peat aroma, color is black with a light red tone. Nice healthy head. Taste is malty and swwet and not at all smokey/ Finishes with a crisp clean light licorice note.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown, bordering on black. Light looks red coming through. Tan creamy head that surprisingly doesn't last long. Thick lace on sides of glass that takes a minute to form. Smells of oak woodchips. Tastes like a chocolate malt. Thick, but not syrupy, almost chewy. An excellent porter.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is a good, robust porter...I'm just taken aback by the strength of the smokiness, and it reminds me a little too much of a BBQ or bacon. Dark reddish brown body, small lacing of the head around the sides of the glass. This beer has an awful lot of hops for a porter, which results in an unusually bitter finish. I will probably not buy this again soon.