Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice, with the smoke very much in the background. Really just enough to keep things interesting. Borderline stout, as it is pitch black and pretty smooth.
Not really a SMOKED porter, but a smoked PORTER. It does tie the room together though.
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe I am spoiled by other brews, but this was pretty disheartening. No smoked flavor to be had, very thin body and thinner flavor. Malt/toast flavor, hint of alcohol warmth, and then, gone..... Bah! Perhaps it didnít get a chance to fully warm, but I tried to give it a proper chance.
Sampled at Roziís Wine & Liquor, Stone Tasting Event, Lakewood, OH.
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of flavor! This is not for the faint hearted. There is plenty of chocolate and coffee notes in the flavor and the head/aroma is a thing of beauty.
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice porter. The smoke is not huge anywhere. The nose is espresso and chocolate. Color is black is a light head. Taste is coffee, chocolate and hints of smoke. Palate is very smooth and full bodied.
basaywhat (107) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark pour with a light beige head. Smoky aroma with coffee and chocolate. Roasted bitter hoppy taste with coffee finish.
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Split a 22 oz. bottle with friends. Head lasted a while. Good coffee/caramel flavor with underwhelming smoke. Smooth. Overall, Iím a big fan.
UriahHeep (105) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint @ Taco Mac. Black with dark tan head. Robust, roasted profile with a nice smoky malt character. Deep and full-bodied with coffee and chocolate notes.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
im not into smoked porters but this was decent it seems to have a chocolate taste which i did like
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black. Dark Ruby Red color when held to the light with a 1 1/2 to 2 finger tan bubbly head
First nose dip brang heavy chocolate maltiness with a touch of espresso and brown sugar. smelled a littl grapefruit rine from the hops. After giving it a little swirl the heavier smoke smells and a bourbon like booziness become apparent.
Hard Smoke like iím enjoying a cuban.... cigar. It hits on the outside of the tongue with a nice silky layer of decedent chocolate sifting over the middle of my tongue. Just an ever so slight hint of caramel pops out here and there. it sits and waits in the background till you ahve wore out the smoke and chocolate.
creamy on the top of the tongue, hard on the sides with the smoke edginess. leaves a very slight stickiness on the upper lip.
I want some blackened chicken and roasted corn, perhaps texas style BBQ. Char some meat a little bit and drink this with it. mmmm. I remember having some cheesess with Ash rind. I think those would be deligtful with this. I could drink this with that food or on its own. I think late fall would be great for this when you can smell the russian ash trees. right when it gets cold and you light the fire. very nice.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a burnt brown with a nice 1 finger creamy, tan head. The aroma reminded me of the smell of your clothes after a night next to the campfire. The flavor, much to my surprise, was not dominated by the smokey notes but rather by the roasted malt character. There are hints of smooth chocolate and dark fruits as well.