hman43 (311) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is of chocolate and hints of caramel. There is also roasted aroma and maybe a hint of coffee. It is dark brown with very little light coming through. The head is medium thick brown and dissipates very slowly. It has an extremely smooth, rich chocolate taste with a bit of bitterness.
jrodooo5 (948) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark park w/ a great tan head that leaves excellent lacing! Very good smoke, chocolate, & slightly fruity aroma. The light mouthfeel is fantastic as it’s medium bodied but the smoke flavor is just a touch too much. Just a tiny bit more balance w/ the chocolate flavor would make this beer damn near perfect! The smoke is an interesting touch on the porter & overall this is a terrific brew!
ComradeK (992) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby-flashed black, with a smallish beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Black coffee and milk chocolate are the dominant aromas, with a little caramel sweetness and smoke in the mix as well. A brief initial milk chocolate flavour soon fades into herbal hops. Black coffee and dark chocolate in the mid-palate give way to a subtle blend of smokiness and sweetness akin to that of an Islay scotch in the finish. A very nice, subtly smoky porter.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A chestnut colored beer with just an average foam head that leaves a fair amount of lacing down the side. Aromas of rich malts and sutle hints of smokiness.
A nice tasting beer with rich complex malts over sutle background smokiness. Hints of coffee and espresso are present with an underlying hop bitterness.
Smooth full body beer creamy, but a little watery.
A nice well made beer.
psychonaut661 (1) - POLAND - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wedzony mocny w smaku. Kupiony za nieca?e 5 dolarów w soquel. Wedzonka zbilansowana. Warty spróbowania
wvhoran (93) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with James K and Bert. Deep brown with a small tan head, although we were using James’s nice bone porcelain mugs. The aroma is chocolatey, subtle smoke. A little more smoke in the flavour, lightly sweet chocolate and roast malt, ashy, tart smoky finish. Medium body. A really good porter.
TET (1578) - FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A colablack beer with a big, dense and beige head. The nose has roastiness, dry smoke and coffee. After dominating elements there are also some dark bread, chocolate and herbs. Taste has smooht smoke, chocolate, some nice sweetness and bitterness, also coffee in the end. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, very smooth to drink. Good beer, the smoke is not too dominating, quite complex.
c0fein (181) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from Saveur Biere
Black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of coffee beans and some smoke. Flavour of coffee, roastiness, ashy notes. Mouth-feel is rich. I think that this porter doesn’t need more ABV, this is fine just like this.
sir__v (607) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: opaque dark black beer with small carbonation and small brown head. Smell: roasted malt and caramel and sugar cane. Taste: good malty taste and licorice. Aftertaste: good roasted malt with sugar and caramel.
Darkmagus82 (560) - - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-23-12-
Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a thick one finger tan head. The head had very nice retention leaving a medium amount of lacing.
Smell – Roasted malt is heaviest in the nose. These are cocoa and dark bread in nature with lighter hints of some smokiness, pine and a nice caramel/brown sugar sweetness.
Taste – A smooth roasted malt and cocoa flavor mixed with a light sweet caramel start the taste out. The caramel fades as some hoppy flavors come to the tongue. These are largely earthy in nature with lighter flavors of pine. At the end, the smoke that is suggested in the name, comes to fruition along with a resurgence (light resurgence) of some sweeter flavors.
Overall a very nice taste is left on the tongue in the end.
Mouthfeel – Creamier then the average brew with a slightly lighter level of carbonation. Very nice for the roasty-smoky flavors of the brew.
Overall – It’s a rather easy to drink, roasty and a good go to for a slightly dryer porter. Not too shabby.
Handypaul (191) - - JUN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear very dark brown with a big mostly lasting creamy beige head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of hay and grass. Light to medium bitter and lightly sweet in a light body. Light smoky flavor mixed with dark malt and bitter hops. A bit too much carbonation and a long bitter finish.