corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review # 1000! Thanks a lot to traviserickson for sending this one to me in a recent trade.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger frothy mocha colored head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Roasty aroma that isn’t is smokey as I expected with lots of dark malt notes. Hints of vlbitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, coffee bean, burnt toast and subtle spice. There is still a good bit of smokey aromas traditionally associated with smoked/rauchbiers. Hints of charcoal, campfire, ash etc. But again, there is a lot going on making it less one dimensional. Different and comex but not as intensely smokey as I prefer in the nose.
Chewy, viscous medium body that again, is only slightly smokey. Very well balanced with lots of luscious chocolate malt goodness. Slightly spivey possibly with anise as well as some hops to comiment the roasty/smokey notes. Hints of deep roasted coffee bean, bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt toast and toffee. As in the aroma, the smokiness isn’t as intense as expected. Only subtle hints of vampire, butane, bacon, charcoal, BBQ, etc. integrated into the flavor. Very complex, excellently balanced and the high ABV is pretty well masked, making this beer ery quaffable. I really enjoyed this beer but didn’t find it as smokey as I expected or hoped for. Highly recommend but I would warn the smokeheads out there that this beer isn’t that intense in that regard.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is malty, caramel, and smoky. Flavor is smoked bacon, as well as sweet malts and roasted coffee. Finish is still smoky and lasts for a while. Nice beer especially is you like smoked flavors.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a murky, dark cola-brown color; thin off-white head: fine-bubbled, light retention and patchy lacing. Solid amounts of dark roasted / charred malts, spicy smoke, and a relatively clean lager character at the core (not much in the way of red fruit); smokey, roasted, plenty of non-astringent smoke. Medium to medium-full body; lightly creamy; modest to light carbonation; lightly warming; medium-high amounts of roasted malts, light char, and plenty of spicy smoke character; solid core of nougat, milk chocolate, and well-roasted malt notes; really nice density and complex smoke character; really solid, reasonably clean baltic porter. Medium finish of roasted malts, spicy smoke, and a pleasant, rounded milk chocolate character; reasonably dry; tasty stuff.
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours a murky dark brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. The bouquet is of dark chocolate, espresso and charcoal with a somewhat reserved campfire-smoke component. Full-bodied and silky with soft carbonation. Sweet, nutty, chocolaty, light smoke flavor with a splash of deep roast coffee. Sweet mocha finish with a rumor of smoke at the wee end.
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this at the release party at Brasa’s on 11/30/09. Was poured from tap into a 10oz glass. Little to no head was a little bit of a dissappointment, not sure if that was caused by the pour or if it is just that way. Needless to say, the lack of head hindered the aroma of the beer a little. Smelled of slight smoke and a subtle sweetness. What a taste though! Very smooth with a slight smoke taste that ends with a subtle sweetness, just like the smell I guess. Very drinkable! With a name like Smoke, I was expecting a Smoked Porter taste but was pleasantly surprised. This is an extremely good beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice big smoke nose and flavor. A little peppery hot and rough through the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7336) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Blazer06. It pours amber with hues of copper and brass to go along with an off white head. The aroma is light bacon with a sense of roasty malts and trying to move into a plastic sense. The taste is pretty full and rich with sweet malts, crystal malts, some roast and tasty bacony camp fire goodness. It stays smoky bacon to mild smoky burnt notes into the finish to go along with some ripe sweet cherries.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to maxmike83 (BA)!
Dark brown, thinnest cream ring for a head. Nose of decent smoke, light lactose, and some grain. Flavor has heavy chocolate and light smoke, a bit ashy but with a decent roasted malt finish. Too creamy for a smoke, more like a smoked porter with the heavy lactic and sweet chocolate, and for that it comes off a bit thin. Not enough smoke to make the beer memorable and not enough integration with the porter to see this as complete
TaktikMTL (6304) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée avec MartinT et Fred82. Arôme: Odeur de fumée et de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée et de céréales grillées avec une pointe de bacon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #3046)
cpetrone84 (1605) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!
A-pours a dark black liquid with a little tan colored head that is tight and creamy.
S-the nose brings a ton of smokiness up front, lots of roasted and smokey malty goodness. notes of chocolate and anise. sweetness and hops in the back, plums, grassy hops.
T-the taste is even smokier. lots of smoke dark malts, chocolate, anise behind. plums and raisins in the back with a light grassy hop presence.
M-the feel is so smooth and creamy on the palate. the carb is light but enough to hold the body throughout. hint of crispness at the finish with just a touch of dry in the back.
D-definitely a good bit of smoke with a good malty sweetness and nice hop presence in the finish. solid drink here with some nice maltiness going on.