merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a deep brown and opaque body with a two finger tan head. Good retention and patchy lacing. Aroma of campfire smoke, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Creamy carbonation supports a slightly fuller than medium body. Taste has elements of smoked meats, almost like good barbecue, earthy hops, campfire smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. Reminds me of the smoked beers from Bamberg. Best Tennessee beer Iíve ever tasted by a longshot.
GTAEgeek (1894) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Pours pitch black with a little tan head. The aroma is mellow chocolate and coffee, licorice, and a faint but distinct smoky note, like salted meat or a cook fire. The flavor is very sweet up front, with the smoke adding a bitterness and spiciness to the finish. The palate is light to medium, smooth and clean. Overall, a subdued smoked beer, and a nice porter.
Sammy (11075) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from Tim S IP.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Photekut for sending me a couple of bottles of this beer. You are a true Beer Advocate!
Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Smokey, roasted malt aroma with hints of burnt toast, charcoal, BBQ, bacon and burnt wood. Underneath the smoked malt there are hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and nut as well as some earthy hops. Smells nice ans smokey without being one dimensional with the chocolate notes really standing out.
Medium boded, on the fuller end with a nice toasted/smokey character that lingers throughout over the bitter dark malt notes and earthy hops into a slightly sweet, yet dry, finish. Roasty and smokey up front with hints of charcoal and hickory smoked BBQ which lingers long into the aftertaste. Slightly burnt tasting but the sweet notes and hop bitterness prevent it from becoming acrid and one dimensional. Underneath the smoke there is a nice bittersweet dark chocolate malt character along with hints of toffee, oatmeal and coffee bean. The hops compliment the dark chocolate malt, adding a nice dry, earthy bitterness toward the end of the palate. Very smokey but still complex and flavorful. One of the better smoked beers Iíve had in a while. Recommended!
Beerman6686 (6254) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a darker brown color almost black, with a small beige head. Aroma was almost all liquid bacon, just smoke peaty, meat, and some leeather too. Flavor was a bit subdued compared to the aroma, but still very nice meaty smokey flavors. Great beer.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Smoked malty aroma, with peat and a light sweetness. The flavor is smokey, peaty, and burnt, with leather, a light sweetness, and a hint of bacon. Good stuff.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At SAVOR. Poured a dark color with a small white head. Aroma was dark fruits, smoke, caramel notes. Flavor was first and foremost smoke, dark caramels, chocolate notes. Interesting brew. Really 9.1%? Didnít seem that high, but could have just been well masked.
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown with a little head and weak aromas at first (the bar kept it way too cold and poured into a frozen glass) but they get better as it warms. Peat, chocolate and maybe cherry in the nose. Flavor is even better... itís like a really nice light imperial stout with black cherries, chocolate and peat, maybe a little light on the palate, but darn flavorful.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle from BastionShaw. Pours nearly black with tan head. Nose is tons of smokiness, some chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Sweet, smokey and really tasty.
arminjewell (9237) - 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.