DrnkMcDermott (2789) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber, $5 @ Lemon Tree. Robust. Yep, that’s about the way to describe it. Pours a big, robust deep brown with a big slightly tan head. Nice peat smokiness up front in the nose, and it segues right into the taste. Malts show in a little later; a nice coffee roast that’s still wedged in behind the smoke. Some malt stickiness starts to build on my lip. Taste is nice and rich, but it makes clear the alcohol is no stronger than any mass beer. Nice to sit with at the end of the day, with some sausage or an ice cream dessert. I tried it with a PB&J as suggested on the bottle. That works too, but I wouldn’t serve that at a beer pairing.
davidtjm (313) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting. Pour is black with a small caramel head, aroma is sweet roast malt with light smokiness. Taste is smoky, rich maltiness, light coffee and a balanced finish. Very good
rollsrace (21) - - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey initial flavor with chocolate aftertaste, dry bite sort of pale. Gets better when warm and through most of the bottle
stevoj (2064) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with velvety, creamy beige head. Soft burnt wood aroma, some coffee, some peat. taste has some of the smoke flavor, some chocolate, lots of the dark roast grains. Still plenty bitter, but with a nice fireside feel.
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are roasted malts and caramel with a slightly smokey finish.
jrodooo5 (987) - 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 (1006) - 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 (154) - 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 (1602) - 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.