KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 Bottle. Poured a dark muddy black with dark ruby red highlights beaming around the edges of the glass. It had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that lasted a nice while, leaving a layer of foam floating on top of the brew which resulted some excellent lacing.
The aroma was was bold to say the least. It had a strong scent of roasted caramel malts, a leathery yeast with a subtle smokey odor and had notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of raisons.
It tasted wonderfully lightly bitter-sweet with nice notes of dark chocolate, caramel and dried fruit in the beginning then became a tad more on the bitter coffee side and had a mild smokey finish that was left lingering on the palate for a really nice long time.
Mouthfeel was medium to full in body (I am leaning more towards full) and smooth and creamy in texture with a nice light soft carbonation.
Overall this was an awesome brew. I am always a little leary about smoked beers but the flavors in this one melded so well together that it left me wanting more.
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Much rather have the vanilla bean addition!! Not a bad brew, but the smokiness overtakes the porter taste!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BennyBinion (8) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep dark brown with a light milk chocolate colored head. I love the smokey flavor with the subtle hints of chocolate.
CpyNPrnT (120) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoke is mildly present, malt is balanced averagely with the chocolate. Coffee is also present, not overwhelming though.
atomjack9 (11) - - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
smokey enough to satisfy my smoke craving. chocaletey with a hint of dark coffee, there’s a lightness in here somewhere, but I have a tough time placing it...perhaps deep caremely? maybe it’s in the malt? full bodied, also slightly nutty. I didn’t care for the "arrogant bastard" as much as the ratings on here would indicate, but I found this to be a very satisfying and complex brew.
EvanFriend (250) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Coffee, nuts, and a very faint hint of smoke. Not your average porter, almost tastes more like a brown ale to me. Still good though.
coachd (13) - Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell is subdued; only a hint of the smokiness comes out in the aroma, followed by some coffee and chocolate, more of an alcohol scent than the ABV implies. The color is very dark brown, verging on black. Pours a thick brownish head that takes a while to go away. The taste is charcoal, salty bacon, but very light for the style. The mouthfeel is a little weak, but the carbonation is very light and like it is said of many mainstream beers, "it goes down easy". This beer would be great for a BBQ, or for anyone like myself who wants to drink dark beers, even in the summer. Great take on the style. Highly recommend.
Habanero (2012) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average, lacing tan head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with bitter notes. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent porter inndeed.
zacgillbanks (1742) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is a very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights. It has chocolate and red fruity flavours, a smoked/roasted body and a spicy red fruit, citrus, chocolate, oak and zesty and fruity finish. Excellent!
hockey9930 (65) - - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark red and barely translucent. Aroma of chocolate, metal, and a little smokey. Thick body. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, wood chips. Has a bit of a hop kick. Honestly, it doesn’t taste that smokey to me.
Dave_F (5) - - FEB 10, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown head that quickly fades. Subtle aroma of smoke and dark fruit.
Light body, nice subtle smokey flavor. Not overbearing. Finishes dry.