rangerred (838) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 750ml bottle.
Pours pitch black with a velvety one finger tan head. Pretty good head retention with some nice wispy lacing
A really nice mix of roast, chocolate, and smoke on the nose. There is almost a burnt character to the nose but it is not overdone. A really nice balance there and just very rich all around.
Big shot of smoke up front in the taste along with lots of roast and velvety chocolate. I really like the cherry wood and the smokyness is very gentle and not burnt and medicinal as is sometimes the case with smoked porters. Big, chewy mouthfeel with moderate stickyness. Definitely a sipper.
Overall, I really like this beer. I am a bit fan of smoked beers anyways and this one just does it right with a great balance between the smoke and roast. Even thought this is brewed in my home state, I canít get it where I live. A shame because I would buy this on a regular basis.
SSSteve (3630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with a small brown head and good retention. dark chocolate and roasted barley aroma. flavor is lightly smoked with roast and dark chocolate notes. full and oily palate. no sign of 9%. great beer.
AndyW68 (740) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great if you like smoked. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is a smokehouse. Taste follows nose. Lots of roasted/burnt malt.
Experiment_Ale (432) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at my place with group. Pours motor oil black. Aroma is malt smoke, burnt. Taste is malt light chocolate, big smoke roast. Finish medium. Very interesting, unique and well crafted beer.
Huhzubendah (2225) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Chaney. Thank you Brandon.
The beer is a deep, dark mahogany, appearing black in low light. Opaque. Atop the beer is a half inch of oily beige head. The aroma offers chocolate, roast, licorice, molasses, smoke. Smoke and roast with lovely chocolates. Fabulous aroma and flavor. Medium bodied and a bit chewy, coating the palate. Smooth and creamy with fairly low carbonation. A terrific beer and superb example of a porter.
BOSSbrewer (1227) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a bottle in Chattanooga. Pours black with light brown head. Sole chocolate and roast. Smoke. I understand this beer is to style. But I'm not a fan of the style.
jkwood04 (3213) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of smoked and roasted malts, some dough, and some light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer.
Vestlake (82) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with a tan head and Nice lacing. Aroma is nice and malty. Taste is smoky and very nice.
DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, shared by caterwaul. Black color. Nice thin light brown head. Good spread of dotty lace. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Awesome level of smoke to this. Nice lighter chocolate, good robust lightly dark fruity flavors. Moderate roast. Good moderate to bigger bitter taste, light sweet. Nothing over the top or gimmicky about this, itís all in balance, for me... But itís the perfect amount of everything. Smoke, chocolate, roast.. Very well-balanced, but big, imperial smoked porter. Good wood and fruity notes (light earthy cherry flavors)
DiarmaidBHK (3122) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Riverside Wine. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. I get mostly chocolate roast on the tongue and nose. Iím not getting much smokiness. Finish lingers a bit. Alcohol is well hidden but does have a nice warming quality.