Japalo (1776) - DENMARK - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@CBC. Black tar small head. Smokey notes dominates. Mouthfeel so light for an high alcohol brew. Some grassy hoppy bitter finish. Great.
Bule (1771) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle of 2015 release. Pours a black color with a bit of head. Lots of smokey flavor that overpowers at first. Needs some time to breathe. Nice balance of smoke and hops.
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Tap at the Blue Nile. Burly black with a skirting skin of off white. Aroma is unusual but not off the map; notes of blueberry and cinnamon accent the body of roast beef and au jus with a light hint of heat. The smoke is subtle and polished, and stays for the most part in that arena of rich beef rather than straying into maple bacon and hickory territory. Flavors has a lot of cold fruitiness and rich sweetness, like caramelized pears and sugar dipped figs let to roast over a bonfire; belgian chocolate in large quantities with fudge, graham crackers, and tart red berries. Light tones of sweet bourbon and vanilla type of spirited heat, soft and complementing. Palate is juicy, dense, and full; finish tends toward a wet, dessert wine type of fruitiness and extends itself lazily. Certainly a Baltic first, and a smoked second, this is a great example of a warming dark ale that effortlessly skirts the frustrating imperial stout-isms of overstretched hops, sugars, and alcohol, while still providing that contemplative strength needed in the dead of winter.
Nocturne (1731) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Black with a thin ring of brown head. Aroma of bacon-like smokiness. Strong, malty, molasses-like taste. Smoke doesnít dominate but fills in around the edges. Sweet and sugary to some extent. Undercurrent of blackcurrant fruitiness. Certainly one of the better smoked beers Iíve had.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from CLevar. The color is dark; looks just about black to me. A vigorous pour produces a one finger tan head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma shows a smoke character for sure but itís not massive. Toasted grains and bittersweet chocolate join in. The flavor, once again, is smokey but not over the top. For me, thatís probably a good thing. This tastes like the char remains that are scraped off the grill along with chocolate, vanilla, and a little dark fruit. Underneath the smoke, the body is slicker and creamier than expected. Again, thatís a good thing as the smoke isnít completely dominant. Itís just not too ashy, bitter, or gritty as I sort of feared it might be. Iíd be curious to know what "smoke heads" or anyone with more experience with this style than me thought of this and the level of the smoke character. In the end, this is a good smoked Baltic Porter.
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.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Happy Gnome. Pours black, thin tan head, spotty to poor lacing. Nose is smoke, bacon, roast, sweetness is vanilla? Coconut? Flavours of smoked salt, toasty coconut, fudge, ink. Lovely stuff!
ineedbeer (1701) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle based on the stamp in the wax; 8.2% ABV. Some rust along cap, but there was a hiss when it opened.
Aroma has a moderate smoke character, but ii is not completely overwhelming. Light chocolate character is noticeable with some faint dark fruit character.
Pours dark brown, almost black but not quite completely opaque along the edges. Fairly large, moderately thick, light mocha head that exhibits pretty good retention. Light lacing and fairly small legs.
Flavor has a nice sweetness that goes well with the moderate chocolate notes that are upfront. Light roast mid palate helps welcome in a medium light smoke character that lingers a bit in the finish with some dark chocolate. Light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and fig along with some faint dark caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and has a nice silky, creaminess to it. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice smoked beer that has aged surprisingly well. The smoke character doesnít overwhelm the underlying beer so the rich chocolate notes, dark fruit and caramel have a chance to show through.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 08. Cedar Smoke Version. Solid beer. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smokey tobacco aroma, chocolate, roasted malt. Good flavor. Surly always seems to have solid stuff.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled with Ryan, Ray, Chris, et al. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Nose of roasted malt, smoke, mild chocolate. Medium body. A little sweet with moderate smoke.