Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany hue. Roasted aroma, licorice, chocolate. Sticky tan head. Sweet malt backbone, smoke undertones, very nicely balanced. Chocolate, coffee, velvety smooth. Perfect bitter ending, dry and clean. Very nice.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was very impressed by the balance between smoke and with sweet malt, which is probably the best thing to balance the smoked quality with. Cool, all I got was a one dimensional smokiness, but let it warm and let the sweetness catch up. Really good porter.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly smoked porter that could stand up to a session. Aroma is of raosted malts and a slight smokiness, esters, and alcohol. A very dark porter with a stable head. The smokiness really comes through in the flavor. One of the lightest smoked porters I have had. Really nice.
JFGrind (1859) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft poured with a hearty tan head and the beer itself looked great in the glass. However there was no overwhelming aroma and the smokey taste I craved was not easy to detect. I agree this is a good porter, but by the end of the glass I was left a little disappointed.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew has a slightly smoked, very malty aroma emanating from the thick dark brown body and frothy head. It’s fairly bitter and robust with hints of smoked sausage on the palate. The body is not a sweet as most porters, but it does have lots of subtle character.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque, with just a spot of ruby light shining through. Minimal head remains after the pour. Moderately smoky aorma, dull coffee, lightly bitter and minimal sweetness. Slightly roasty with a lingering bitterness reminiscent of a dry stout. I definitely appreciate the restrained subtlety of the smoke element. Appropriately textured for a porter. Not exactly my cup of tea, er, glass of beer, but well appreciated.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer rocks. Looks just like the picture. The color is deep brown/amber...almost black with a consistent tan head. The taste is very roasty with only the tiniest smokiness you can think of. A suberb example of a porter and one, if not my favorite porter.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very stout-like porter. NIce roasted malt aroma, a very dark brown with lots of light tan head. Had roasted malt flavors predominating, with hints of smoke barely noticable, but adding a nice touch. A great beer , and a nice transitional beer for someone looking to move into stouts.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smoked and choclate aroma, full and stouty, lingering bitterness, trix my mouth like a silly rabbit
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 01/05/02: Deep dark brown, generous beige head and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, lightly smoked, caramel, and the front begins sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, acidic, nicely hopped and the abv warms the ’Belly’. My favorite of all the smoked beers, and ranks in the top 5 on my master list of porters.
Re-Rate 09/30/02: As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is ’Chocolate’, frothy, long lasting, the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course ’Smokey’, nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a ’Stone-o-phile’, but I like the over the top hops, high abv’s, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as ’Alesmith’. Ranks #39 on my current 1000 beer master list.