arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with off white head, aroma has notes of dark fruit, caramel, smoke, some chocolate. Taste is big meaty and salty chocolate, caramel and dark fruit notes compliment with some nice roast. Delicious, balanced, but not overly complex.
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap as part of this past weekend’s fest. Not sure I’d really call it a smoked, I just thought it was a porter/stout. Pretty good, pretty sweet. A bit of a thin mouthfeel, but easy to drink.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear ruby color with an average creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and smoke aroma. Medium to full body with an oily texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced smoke sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.
cheap (4755) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2012 New rating: Re rated at the 2012 RB Pgh May tasting.much better! the old rating I gave it a 2.3 this time its much better in aroma and flavor. Old rating:Courtesy of lithy, nice guy. I’m afraid that I am not qualitfied to rate this what I thought to be an imperial stout. Big choco dark pour with a tan head that fades. Imp stout or dry stout aroma of possibly roasted chocolate. Now that I know its smoked its easier to overlook the impy stout character of this stuff. Strong beefy punch in the nose. Same on the finish, quite a smokey experience. Weww. What an experience. This is a kick ass beer, if you are into impy stouts and big stouts, give this a try. My first from yazoo and my first from tennessee, thanks justin.
Brigadier (3335) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
All I can say about this beer is wow. A hidden gem it was (relatively) cheap, from a brewery that I didn’t know could do such things, and a state not exactly known for shaking up styles. Anybody who is a fan of smoked beers should put this on the top of their list. Easily accessible it should not be hard to track down.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep inky black body was much more moody than anticipated - almost like a teenage black hole pouting over not being able to go out to a party. The head was the color of dusty old newspaper which hadn’t been archived properly and is beginning to crumble from age. The nose is where it really gets your focus. Chocolate malt balls eaten while watching friends bowl in a haze of smoke is touched by black coffee, licorice, and bacon bits. The smoke is strong but does not overwhelm as it could otherwise do.
Flavor / Palate - Melted black licorice chews seize the throat and are chased by ash filled coffee rinds. The bitterness and full body are spot on making you want to reach for the glass until pretty soon there is nothing left. The alcohol isn’t exactly subtle but at the same time it does not overpower the flavors underneath. A cheap affordable introduction to the American way of doing smoked beers I relish the next chance I get to try this gem.
bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A deep brown-amber pour with a nice cream head and good lacing. Sweet and slightly smoked malts, smoked cherry wood, a bit of burnt brown sugar, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and java in the aromas. The taste is much like the aroma with a nice initial sweet-slightly smokiness, hint of smoked cherry, then a bit of cocoa and java followed by a decent hops presence. Big nice smoked porter - I loved it. My favorite Tennessee beer. Period.
Thewade (340) - USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 This brew has really grown on me. A couple years ago I thought it was an unbalanced mess, but lately I’m digging it.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Secret Santa!! Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty smokey caramel aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor with nice smokey hints. Has a roasted malty smokey caramel finish.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Nearly black, deep cola hued edges, thin to moderate light beige head, fairly decent lacing.   Nose of smoke, chocolate, cocoa, and touch of peat.   Smooth, yet a little spritzy.   Has a chocolate milk sort of aspect, cocoa in the back, with the smoke creeping in towards the finish and then left lingering.   Pretty smooth, not too heavy on the smoke.   Underlying beer seems to be a Porter of sorts.   Not real hoppy nor bitter.   Very pleasant to drink.   Even becomes a bit woody as it warms up.   Lots of little nuances to this beer, and they all mingle well together.   Good stuff!   Thanks Jabic for the bottles!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Rating #100. Dark black with tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma with a light smokiness. Light bitter chocolate flavor with an underlying smoke. Interesting and pretty decent. (1686)