mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent pour, dark brown to black, with a great head that lasted a while. Eventually came down to a covering film. Good lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate and surprisingly, a decent amount of hops. This porter could be a good choice for a dessert beer. The flavor is semi-sweet, very light on the smoke, with licorice, chocolate and dark fruitiness up front, followed by a mild alcohol finish. Probably some coffee in there too. Above average, but not outstanding in my opinion.
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a great thick black, tan head. The head is not huge, but definitely gets the job done. The flavors are great, the smokiness balances the sweet chocolate and the coffee is a nice back note. There are also of course some great malty flavors. Finish is very dry, overall balance is fantastic.
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours dark, dark amber with a lively head. Aroma is nice and smokey but not overpowering; taste is smokey with toasted malt and a coffee semisweet aftertaste. Nice for a smokey beer, not something I would drink all night, but a great once-in-a-while brew!
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Good beer, tried it with a PB & J as suggested on the bottle, nice compliment. Smoke flavor was more pronounced to me than the bottle and some other ratings suggest. Quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really enjoyed this (more-so after it got a bit warmer). Pour damn near black.
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich mahogany with a foamy tan head and great lacing. A smoky chocolate aroma, lots of smoke in the flavor, a bit acrid at first, but layers develop as you drink it, coffee and chocolate dominant. Great creamy mouth. Excellent and complex brew.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color and aroma, off in a little in the flavor, maybe more coffee taste would be appropriate
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 pours deep dark brown with a slight head that looks almost creamy. stays lacy throughout. I Don’t get an overwhelming smokiness like the name would suggest... at least not like you’d find in a Paradox (Brew Dog). Great, solid brew. This beer improves greatly with warming, finding a nice balance.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
at first i was a bit intimidated... but it was really good... very dark with white head, and smells of chocolate and coffee.
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 22 oz. Pours black with a tan head. Smoky and roasty malt aroma with sweet dark fruit notes. The palate is met with sweet malt, then hops for a slightly bitter finish. I would have enjoyed some more smokiness, but it’s still good.