portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle to my favorite glass. Pour is a black brown with a quick tight tan head that dissipates to nothing on top. Scents of chocolate cake coffee molasses and some smokey wood. Flavor is full of smokey wood chocolate coffee and sweet tobacco which finishes spicy dry. This is a very flavorful porter, surly really takes there time with theses limited runs. Two thumbs up!
Trev (1893) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting that the bottle reads Lager while the description on the site says Porter...
pours black with a quick thin tan head.
aroma is soft chocolate some woody smoke, coffee and roasty malt.
flavour is nice roasted malt, some coffee and nutiness. smoke is woody and pretty light at first but comes on a bit as it warms up.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would really say this is more of a porter then a smoked beer. I tasted some roasted flavor but not really anything too smokey.It rather sweet which I personally like. I could taste some coffee in there.
madmitch76 (14482) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
9th October 2008. GABF. Sweet and malty with a touch of coffee. Just a little smoke. Very palatable!
bvc (1148) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle. Pours a stills viscous chocolate black. Vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and a touch of cherry pit all wrapped up in a light smokiness. Nice slick and creamy mouth feel. The base Baltic is solid with nice light chocolate and vanilla notes along with some toasted coconut. I do pick up subtle notes from the barrel and a touch of roastiness. Enjoyable, but I would totally welcome some more some flavor. I will try and get a bottle when it is released and may revisit then. Thanks Josh!
bp (785) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft: pours a dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of smoke, bacon, taste is malty, smokey, dry, thin-to-medium body, smokey aftertaste, very nice
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7 ounce handbottle from StFun (thanks, Josh!) - nice handbottling job, too - still very well-carbonated - pours dark brown - intensely smoky aroma, with quite a bit of sweetness behind it, like smelling a campfire while someone is roasting a marshmallow - a bit of smoked meat as well - a bit of bitter black malt up front, followed by charred wood, dark chocolate - thick smokiness - a bit of doughy character, some yeastiness - some oak character on the back end - lingering campfire qualities - quite a good smoked beer.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Tribes Alehouse (Mokena, IL). Excited! Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, a bit of darker brown at the bottom where a bit of ruby light gets through, a small brown head sits atop, dense, laces a bit. Aromas are dark roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and coffee, with a decent ashy smoke to it, a touch of bonfire, cocoa, and roasted malts. Initial is a decent smokey kick coupled with roasted malts and coffee, a medium body, shorter of what I expected, fairly smooth on the palate with a more dominant smoke, then roast, coffee comes in behind with a bit of mocha chocolate behind, a bit sweet to help balance the roast and smoke. Pretty good bitterness and roast to finish, a pleasant aftertaste and light smoke and roast sticks to the palate overall. Very nice drinkable brew, quality body that doesn’t make it overdone.
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Poured black with thin brown/tan head, smelled instantly of smoke and nothing else. Tasted much more balanced, with a nice malt start and thick smoky finish. Though not a fan of smoked beer, this one was the best!
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle courtesy of StFun – thanks a ton J! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is campfire, smoked breakfast meats and charred malt. The taste is campfire coffee, ham, burnt malt and dark chocolate. Medium boided. Nice beer – thanks again Josh!