KajII (800) - 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.
PotjeBier (2277) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Beer Temple, sample size. Very dark color, but not quite black/opaque. Frothy, light beige head. Aroma’s: light smoke, light roasted, very mild really. Retronasal there’s a bit more to it: smokey, roasted malts. Flavor is roasted, hardly sweet. Light bodied. Finishes with light tar, moderate bitter.
TheJester (2303) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Decent looking beer, with a sticky tan head. A little smoke in the nose, but the aroma is fairly mild. It’s subtle in the flavour as well, appearing at the start and lingering in the finish. In between, it’s more typical porter flavours, although it’s not as roasty as some. It is, however, more bitter in the finish than most. Not sure what to think of that. It feels like a hoppy bitterness, rather than from roasted malt.
miquelcrush (1969) - Granollers, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cervesa on destaquen els tocs torrats de xocolata i de cafč perň amb un toc fumat.
Cerveza dónde destacan los toques tostados de chocolate y de café pero con un toque ahumado.
deepeary (396) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overpriced bomber from the LCBO. Cocoa, coffee, sweet, dark malt, light smoke, mild bitterness. Solid.
jmgreenuk (6506) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Great Beer Bar, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Poured a clear reddish brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is toffee caramel malt light smoky roast malt. The flavour is moderate liqourice bitter, light sweet with a soft smooth sweet smoky malt, light hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
mariuspoenari (422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a fine tan head. Smells like dark cherries, roasted grains, a bit of whiskey, peat, smoke. The taste is bitter, with notes of peat, smoke, dark cherries and dark chocolate. Silky smooth texture with medium body and a bitter and smoky aftertaste.
LE: when the beer gets warmer, one can identify other notes: funky sour notes in the nose, together with caramel, and the taste also contains notes of caramel and a bit of vanilla. Pretty complex beer.
SlimHabib (391) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour Dark brown with a large soapy tan head with a lot of lacing. Smokey malt aroma with chocolate and coffee. Medium body. Lasting salty taste.
hauxe (169) - Butzbach, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from old notes. A California porter with a rich smokey taste. This is not a pronounced smokiness like Schlenkerla, but much more subdued. Chocolate undertones. Aftertaste reminds more of a milk stout than a porter. Very good.
Worsenma (67) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly pronounced smokiness in the aroma but the taste is really where the smoked malt comes through. Very smooth, black pour with a quickly dissipating tan head.
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jsporrer (307) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Deep brown, not quite opaque, with a medium head of tan foam. Medium to thin body. Not much of an aroma. Medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and harsh with just a hint of smoke. Not very smooth, flavorful or refreshing. Not that enjoyable, somewhat disappointing. Could have been a little thick, smoother, with bolder flavors.