MrChopin (3999) - 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 (6743) - 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 (1797) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours out a near black body with a bubbly, ecru head on top, though this dies out fairly quickly.
Smell: The aroma is smelling of moderately roasted grains, shaved chocolate, a teaspoon of ground coffee, and ripe dark fruits, though it’s superseded by a scent of quality smoked meats.
Taste: Upfront roastiness with a marked sweetness, moreso than I’d expected. Additional toastiness. Handful of chocolate sprinkles tossed with a handful of Bacon Bits. Small splash of mild-mannered coffee. Fruit compote comprised of plums and Medjool dates. It’s brimming with clean smokiness, though it’s never overpowering or overbearing. Slight charred bitterness. Soft, smoke-accented finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This one was very easy to down. What else can you say? It’s a good Baltic Porter brimming with smooth smokiness.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs dark brown. Nose is heavy smoke, bacon, roasted grain, burnt coffee. Flavor is rich smoke, flavorful as all hell. Most smoke beers are over the top rauch malt, but this absolutely beautiful.
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to blazer 06 for this one. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is spice, earth, roast, lager, sweetness, dark fruit, and smoke. Flavor is similar with lots of, well, smoke. All of the flavor in the aroma come out, but with smokiness seeming to dominate. Band-aid lingers into finish. Would love to try the unsmoked version.
Fred82 (2128) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle thanks to mikesgroove.
Appearance : Black, small head
Aroma : Smoke, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste : Smoke, roasted malt and caramel. Noce smokiness and roastiness on the finish. No trace of alcohol. Fairly dry.
Overall : Wow this was really awesome. Really drinkable and tasty. Body is rather thin. So much flavour in a thin, well balanced drinkable beer. Not much complexity but just really well done.
douglas88 (7796) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by Miketd, thanks man. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. A sweet malty nose, light smoke, rich roasted notes, wood. The flavor was great; smooth caramel and oak, light smoke, meaty, sweet smoked candy, more smoke as it warms.
wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on draft at the Twisted Spoke. Comes in a tulip. Color is jet black with no head. Nose is actually fairly reserved showing vanilla, super roasted malts with light cinnamon and sweetness. Flavors are dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, vanilla, and some cinnamon. The carbonation is light, but the body is massive and creamy with a long and vanilla sweet finish.
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22, capped and waxed. thanks mike! pours clear dark brown with ruby edges and light tan foam on the edges. sweet treacly roasty nose, dense molasses and campfire. creamy, almost sticky medium body. roast, molasses, brown sugar, and candied bacon on the mid palate, along with caramelized maple syrup. sweet finish.