dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From tap at Surly brewery on Darkness day. Black color with tan head. Smoky roasted nose with hints of vanilla. Flavor is intense; bonfire smoke, malt, cherry, cocoa, with the right amount of carbonation. An amazing porter.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definately one of the better Scotch ales I’ve had. Heavier than most, the name hits your first smell right on the head, which by the way is a mild medium tan. Taste a roasted nutty grain that sat downwind from a campfire. The smoke taste is good, certainly not too overpowering, which can be the weakness of some Scotch-ale types.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. pours a black/brown color with a tan head that has moderate retention but very nice lacing. Smells like....bacon. Seriously, it smells like bacon. Nice large smoke smell with a touch of sweet malt. Flavor is very smooth and easy, smoke mixed with chocolate malt. It is thin and easy on the palate. Very easy going down. The smoke flavor is just right, not too in your face like a lot of smoke beers. I could have couple of these no problem. Well done.
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Draft at Duke O’Brien’s] Poured a chestnut / mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, smoke, burnt malts, cocoa, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and dark fruits. Taste of cocoa, smoke, burnt wood, dried fruits, roasted malts, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Faint astringency.
dchmela (2560) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pour from Beerlando. Thank you Brian!! Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Smoky malt aroma, peat and hints of dark fruit. Taste is dominated by the smoked malt but has lots of dark fruit notes poking through to balance the flavor. Very clean and smooth taste and extremely easy to drink. Very solid brew.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a growler courtesy Beerlando. Pours dark brown, the nose on this is amazing, smells like smoked bacon, underlying notes of coffee. This is a much better smoke beer than any other I have had, its more like smoked meat, not at all acrid. Lovely notes of chocolate and coffee underneath. This seems like it may be fairly strong in alcohol as it doesn’t feel thin at all. Guessing 7.5 or 8%. Guess we will never know. Amazing brew!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of Beerlando.I love the nose on this.Liquid smoked meat in a bottle, how can u go wrong?The flavor was full smoked meat, not the usual campfire smoke.Lots of flavor here, pretty solid brew.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate brown color with a virtually black center. A frothy, mocha colored head leaves micro-spot lacing behind. The aroma is bold up front, strong smoked malts and peat coming through first. Chocolate, dark caramel, and oaky vanilla follow, with figs, raisin, and earthy spice emerging towards the end. Flavors follow suit, very chocolaty, with heaps of burnt caramel and vanilla. Smoked peat and hints of salty meat permeate throughout. Figs, raisins, and even hints of cherries separate this one as a Baltic, for sure. Medium-plus on the tongue, with balanced carbonation, a silky mouthfeel, and a semi-dry finish, a little more body would b nice. This reminds me of Left Hand Smokejumper, only a bit more fruity and slightly less substantial in body. Very nice brew.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from growler shared by Beerlando at Redlight Redlight. Wow. Aroma was fire and peat! Flavor was a bit like a smoked honey ham drizzled with chocolate.... Very unique on my tongue. Cant decide yet if I am a fan!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, courtesy beerlando. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Pretty big smoke and peat are noticeable right up front as expected, but it wasnt overwhelming. Had some roasted malts, and coffee flavors mixed in with the smoke to formulate its flavor character. Nice smoked brew, not in your face peat, but enough to make its presence known and blend with the other characters. I liked it.