mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into a pint glass had a solid tan head that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malt, as is the flavor. There is a little bit of smokiness in both, but I can definitely understand the complaint that for a "smoked" porter, the smokiness is not very pronounced. Itís plenty for me, though. The color is basically coke; itís pretty much black, but if you hold it up to a light you can kinda-sorta see that itís brown. Sort of.
The more I sit here and drink, the more the sweetnees and the smokiness are coming out. Thereís also a nice, lingering bitterness on the backend (the beerís, not mine). I tend to like my pale aleís on the dry side and my porters and stouts a little sweeter. This is definitely on the dry side for me. But, with that said, itís definitely a beer worth repeating.
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black. Sweet apetizing aroma. Taste is heavy smoke and dark malt. Little to mild sweetness notes come through during initial taste. Body is heavy and flemmy. Lots of smokiness though is this guys redeeming quality.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, almost black pour with a thin lasting tan head. I have a cold, so I will just assume the aroma matches the flavor. The flavor is very chocolaty with coffee and malt bringing up the rear. The smokiness is very noticeable, but not dominant. All in all this porter is very balanced. There is no wateriness to the flavor or the feel, which is a welcome change from some other porters I have had recently. I am very happy with this one.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2003 14Jan2003 Update: After some prodding (from the brewer, no less), I
decided to clarify this rating. The beer is not
bitter by absolute standards, but it is (in my opinion)
over-bittered in the sense that it overwhelms the unique and
subtle flavors present in the beer. Re-rate ASAP.
(20Dec2002--22oz bottle) Reading the commercial description, the smokiness of this ísmoked porterí is indeed subtle.
Unfortunately, the hop bitterness of this beer is anything BUT subtle.
In what seems to be a recurring theme from this brewer, excessive bitterness undermines what would otherwise be a unique and wonderful beer.
The beer is totally opaque. Its head is lumpy, rust-colored, fine-textured, very lacy, and provides a nicely persistent effervescence to the beer.
The aroma is surprisingly mild; a little smoky, with some malt and alcohol.
Flavor: starts bitter, ends bitter, bitter in the middle. In the midst of the bitterness, I did actually taste wonderful smokiness and tasty roasted malt.
The beer has perfect mouthfeel. íHop headsí love this, but I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that the level of bitterness in this beer detracts from its overall quality.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, very little light gets through this brew. A short thick nutty brown head takes a long while to dissipate. This beer smells like deeply roasted malts, and lots of them. There is a hint of smoke but it is well mixed with the roasted smell. The taste is a bit coffee and chocolate with the smoke coming through a bit more as the beer warms. This is a very enjoyable brew.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottle that was a few monthís past itís enjoy by date. It poured black with a tan head that was gone within 2 minutes. It smelled like someone lit a campfire in the distance. I could really taste the smokiness.
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A decent porter although will not purchase again when there are so many better porters available. Taste is more enjoyable then their vanilla bean version.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially sweet and a little ghosty, that fades into a dry slightly smokey finish. This is a superb beer. A little more smoke flavor would be good, but itís hard to complain.
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.
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick smoky porter with a dark black color has a littly bit of a brown color when held up to light. Small amount of brown tan head but it lasts. Flavor is very smokey and very flavorful.