boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at TBBC. Pours a sifted soil dark brown with a wispy tan head that dissipates fully and nearly instantaneously. The aroma is at first all smoke, but is followed by hearty roasted malt and soft grain, with hints of sweetness and fruit. the flavor is great, well-rounded and fairly complex. Sweetness is medium and offsets smoky mild bitterness nicely. The finish is smoky and lightly bitter, a soft sweet fading quickly away. The body is medium to medium-full, gracious and lightly sticky. This is one of the most interesting and drinkable beers this consistently enjoyable brewpub has created. Alcohol is not detectable, nor are any flaws. Delicious.
mabel (7385) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[938-20071206] Tap @ Tampa Bay Brewpub (Tampa, FL). Roasted smoky campfire aroma. Dark red brown body with a quick foamy light tan head. More smoky bits of bitter cigarette in the flavour with a hint of hops. Medium-full body has a bitter finish. Hidden alcohol.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft @ brewery. Good smokey aroma, but not over powering. Pours brown with thick white head. Great smokey flavors, with good malt and hop presence, a good smoke beer if you’re not familiar with smoke beers. And it went great with my burger with smoked gouda on it!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ TBBC. Dark chestnut color with thin tan head. Aroma has an initial blast of meaty smoke aroma, but as it warms, the smoke evens out. Nice roasty, smoked meat flavor with a welcome hop presence on the finish. Nice aroma, mild smoky taste. I really enjoyed this one.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at TBBC. Poured a rich, roasted, Chestnut brown. Aroma is smokie goodness, countered by a nich rich maltiness that seems to bring harmony to this. The flavor is so well balanced I am taken aback. I expected this to be a smoke bomb, but once again the malts come into play perfectly, finishing with a light roast coffee component, balancing everything out so very well. Alcohol is completely hidden. Very nce...
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, small head. Aroma is obviously smokey but not offensive. Taste is smoke but an actual burnt wood smokiness not kingsford charcoal. Taste also lend roasted malts a hint of chocolate and oak. The smoke will dominate a beer but it’s average smoke at best and this beer has some body behind it to back it up.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small short lived head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of smoke, caramel, and a touch of lightly roasted malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Very good
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. I thought this beer had eluded me, so this was a sight for very sore eyes today. Beautiful cask pour, very dark brown, layers of creamy tan head that never went anywhere and left very good lacing. Nose of smoked meats, sweet nuttiness, dark malts and some nice charred notes. Everything plays a part and it’s all integrated perfectly. Flavor profile is very similar, smoke is a big player here but is complimented by everything else going on, a sweet component from the nuts and malts and light chocolate. Medium bodied, the cask I’m sure does wonders for this, very creamy and substantial. Finish is medium length, smoky and charred, with a ever present backing sweetness. Awesome beer, maybe their second best behind the Baltic Porter.
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at TBBC. Poured clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy smoked malty aroma. Medium body. Heavy smoked bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout brew.
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub. It pours deep brown with full mocha head and nice lacing. The aroma is as full as the head with a nice pulse of smoked grains. I also get mild sweet maltiness in the background. The flavor starts with a smokiness that mixed with a mild hop twang. Toward midway the smoke peaks in flavor before the hop bitterness builds into the finish. I get a nice thick malty sweetness that seems to run throughout the experience. It ends both smoky and mildly hoppy.