nearbeer (3375) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 12 oz, big thanks to Lithy! Bottled the 3rd week of March 2010. Black with a small ring of bubbles that tries. Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel, smoke and berries. Medium body is sweet and nearly sticky, but swept off the tongue nicely by the charry roast and smoke on the finish. Nearly becomes frothy with a bit much carbonation at times. Front is chocolate berry, turning to charred wood, then to the darkest espresso/mocha, with some cream and a hint of piquant green herb. Near the end of the bottle, it all blends into a nice mocha/almond espresso and charred, salty driftwood flavor.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, marked as bottled in August (Iím assuming 2010), so itís just a couple months old. The body is pitch black at first glance, showing some mahogany translucency when strongly backlit. A small head of bubbly beige froth settles quickly to a thin but lasting blanket, leaving full, hard swaths and broken cobwebs of lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet, smoky, and fruity, suggesting notes of chocolate covered cherries and truffles with smoked, salted almonds. Thereís definitely some burnt caramel in there, along with traces of lactose. Flavors follow suit, very caramel-centric and heavy on dried cocoa. The cherrywood lends a uniquely sweet and fruity smoke component that is completely different than what Iím used to with smoked brews. Thereís a bit of roast and some coffee, bringing a semblance of balance, though it remains largely a sweet porter. Again, there is a lightly salty nuttiness that comes through on the finish and lingers, along with some dried fruits. The palate is a little thinner than Iíd care for, and the carbonation is a little overly active and scratchy, but it is passable. Overall, itís a unique and tasty brew, but Iíd prefer a little less sweetness and some more body. Good brew.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shit this beer is awful, nose is cheese and beer farts, taste is cheap liquid smoke and cow dung.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 Re-review. Turns out the first bottles of this I had was from an infected batch. I had it before the infection really took off but it would explain the lactic quality I was picking up.
12oz bottled 2nd week of November 2010. Served at cellar temperature. Pours dark brown/black with a large light brown head that leaves lots of lacing, slowly recedes to a wispy cap and ring. Aroma is quite smoky with a lot of campfire and charred wood as well as smoked ham/bacon, also some chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a touch of dark fruit and anise, very good strength. Flavor is smoky and chocolaty, smoked ham and bacon, campfire, charred wood, chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, noticeable alcohol on the finish but is integrated well (diminishes quickly with age as this 3 month old bottle has little to no alcohol). Huge flavor, lingering finish, semi-sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation at times prickly. Ahhh very nice, no lactic qualities like the first go-round. Also enjoyed a Fade to Black Vol. 2 tonight and like them both a lot. Each is unique in their smoky qualities, this one more as a straight-up smoked brew. Very tasty and enjoyable.
12oz bottled 3rd or 4th week of August 2010. Served at around 55-60F. Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy and foamy two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a light cap and ring and leaves only a few spots of lacing. I notice some white specks of sediment collecting at the bottom of the glass. Smoky aroma of both wood and meat, bacon/ham, a lot of chocolate, and a strong lactic quality, a lot like cottage cheese, which I wasnít expecting at all, but it blends nicely with the smoke and I find myself quite enjoying the aroma. Flavor of smoked ham and bacon, some chocolate and roasted malts, a lactic sourness, a good deal of sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is absent. Smoke is stronger on the tongue than the nose. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, somewhat creamy, medium carbonation. Interesting for sure, Iím only beginning to dabble in smoked beers and this is the smokiest Iíve had yet, although Iím not a big fan of the lactic nature of this one (or any sweet/milk stouts in general). Iím getting more of a Smoked Sweet/Milk Stout than Smoked Porter, FWIW...
Aroma 8, Appearance 3, Taste 7, Palate 4, Overall 16, Score 3.8
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Daknole - thanks Dak! Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is campfire smoke and light chocolate. The taste is black licorice, smoked ham, ash and charred malt with light coffee in the finish. Really enjoyed this one.
kramer (4572) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body, almost black, with a small fizzy light brown head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is just wonderful! Huge campfire smoke nose with lots of burnt caramel and roasty notes. This aroma makes me want to smoke some meat! The flavor is just as smoky, loads of meaty wood smoke flavor balanced nicely with a bit of sweetness from the caramel malt. Finishes with just a little bit of hoppiness that gives it a little snap on the end. The flavor of the smoke in this is just so dense and rich. Medium bodied with just a touch of clinginess on the finish and soft gentle carbonation. This might be one of the best Smoked Porters that Iíve ever had, and I really seek them out. Must get more of these!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle; thanks to grownfool for the trade; clear dark brown with thin tan head; big time tick, roasty smoke on the nose with chocolate and lots of roast; rich chocolate and bone dry finish; warming sensation going down with peppery spice, chocolate and ashy roast; a damn good smoke beer
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to rustyam. Awesome. Thanks man. Black pour, nice brown head. Smoke, bandaids, peat, ham aroma. Flavor is malty, sweet, bacon, smoke. Very enjoyable for a style that sometimes eludes me.
Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very malty with only a slight presence of smoke, and thatís a good thing. It really seems like the ingredients were smoked instead of smokiness being added after the fact. Itís very thick and syrupy and surprisingly sweet. Very fun to drink, and really fulfilling. Bottle from Graceís Plaza Wine and Spirits, Nashville, tN
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small head. Chocolate and leather in the aroma with hints of breakfast meats and smoke. Initial smoke malts then a bit of cocoa and cherry wood followed by a decent hops presence. Intense and smooth, very good.