SudsMcDuff (5831) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Lou, a want for quite a while and now I get to enjoy a bottle .. . Pours a black cat brown, very low foam, no lacing .. . aroma of smoke, bbq, fire baked dough, burnt sugar, that melted sugar fruit dessert, and tar .. . mouth is like velvet, the 9% is very well integrated .. . the smoke level is nice, but what makes this a winner is how complex it it .. . i don’t what to write any more, the other half of this beer is waiting, and i don’t have any condoms.. . Voodoo who-do, told ya’ Richy! .. Thanks again Lou!!
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A highly roasted (read burnt) and dry black beer with a touch of smoke. Ok
How: Bottle 12oz. Exact age unknown, but supposedly relatively fresh. Split two-way
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose has moderate roast (burnt wood), a tiny bit of smoke and a very light cardboard oxidation. Taste is burnt malts, burnt black cake, ashes, light chocolaty notes, a bit chalky, peat, charcoal, mild notes of smoke. Some earthy hops. Nothing fruity or refreshing here, everything is burnt and bone dry. I was surprised to learn this is a Smoke. The smoke notes were rather mild and I have had many roasted stouts that had as much of a smoky character as this beer. All in all, it was an ok beer for what it was but I was hoping for more. Maybe the bottle wasn’t all that fresh. I believe this is the first beer I have from the home of country music Nashville Tennessee. And to me country music is to entertainment what falling down a stairs is to transportation.
kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark (as in, I see my reflection in the glass!) brown/black with a 1 finger tan head that settles nicely to form a coaster on top of this smokey brew. The smoke, is well, pretty apparent in the nose as it should followed with some dark chocolate and vanilla notes. Starts off with a sweet dark roast flavor wtih some mild bitterness. The smoke is actually pretty subdued on this but lingers on for a while in the end. Medium mouthfeel. I’m not the biggest smoke beer fan, but this one I like for its well integrated smoke characteristics.
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Amy - thanks! Thinnish and quickly fading brown head. Aroma is char, smoke, roasted malt/caramel, light cherry in the middle, and I can swear I smell bacon (!?). Taste follows the aroma with a ton of smoke and char over the roasted malt. Very little cherry in the taste and some hop bitterness rounding out the finish. I like this beer - very tasty smoked porter.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 bottle. pours black with small beige head. aroma of sweet malts, rich smokiness, charred toast, and ample dark chocolate. heavily smoked flavor, with moderate sugar, spicy/bitter hops, and alcohol. quite rich and tasty.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle thrown in as an extra by TheEpeeist. Chris, always surprising me. Pours a fairly dark brownish pour, some ruby copper edges and bottom. Not opaque, a frothy tannish moderate sized head sits atop, dies to an ok film, light lacing. Aromas are chocolate, roast, barley, touches of biscuits and bread. Light smokiness, touches of light infection notes. Brett, roasty, toffee, and light smokiness with cocoa and caramel coming up behind. Initial is thinner bodied, touches of roast, cocoa, light malty biscuits. Light cherry acidity, sourness just lightly but it does grow into a sour cherry domination with cherrywood smoked malt, lightly earthy, lingering acidity. Roasty malts are cut out, sweet malts and sour cherries remain. Maybe a retry down the road. The sour isn’t distracting, and it certainly remains drinkable, but I was just a little dissappointed in expecting a great smoked beer and getting sour cherry bliss.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger.
Appearance : Pitch black with a creamy head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Nice chocolate with light smoke. Nice hops but a little bit veggy. A bit woodywith light liquorice.
Taste : Chocolate and smoke. A bit yeasty and dusty. Finish dry and a bit ashy. Light smoke with roasted malt. Faint carbonation. A bit warm. Light peat.
Overall : Tasty smoked beer. Not very smokey though. A few things bugged me including veggy and dusty notes. Not very clean and not very well defined. Still tasty and quite enjoyable.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown almost black with a small head and nice lace. Smells like winter, with scents of a fire going, some caramel and cocoa. Rich smoked flavor, with some coffee. Nice mouthfeel soft carbonation and medium bodied.
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Slips out a dark brown, near black with a sudsy, somewhat smallish, off-white head.
Smell: Ashen roasted barley notes gnarled with smoke fumes and smoothed over with simple chocolate and caramel sauce.
Taste: Sugar-flecked roastiness with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, spent coffee grinds, and light caramel. Particularly sweet, this Sue beer. Subtle underlying fruitiness. Big taste of smoked malt throughout. Small helping of spicy, earthy hops and overall bitterness. Smokey, sugary, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: An interesting brew, Yazoo. The ratcheted up sweetness hampers the drinkability somewhat, but, overall, it’s still pretty good.
Shag (2608) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a pitch black color with a moderate white head. The aroma is very smokey with some chocolate covered bacon showing up. The flavor is at first a bit malty with some chocolate and caramel and then all the smokey goodness shows up afterwards. The finish shows a little bit of alcohol coming through. Overall this is pretty damn good!