Darugo (4) - USA - AUG 24, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried this one at the Music City Brewers Festival. Stong ans tasty. Dark and malty. Sweet with a hop finish for balance.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009
Source:Rerate from one of the new bottles, after the recipe change.
Appearance:Dark brown pour with a thick brown head.
Aroma:Roasted malt, meat, smoke and some cherry earthiness.
Flavor:Heavy roasted malt flavors, with a pronounced cherry smokiness.
Palate:Much fuller body than the original recipe, but not so much body that it graduates into the Imperial Stout category. Slightly lower carbonation than the original.
Overall:In the great context of things, this was pretty disappointing. It is great that we finally can get high alc Yazoo brews, but this needed more body. The first part was my original comments. I wanted to praise Linus and the gang for addressing the seemingly consistent opinon of the original beer, making the changes and churning out the BEST beer that has come from Yazoo. This beer excites the shit out of me, because it shows the tremendous potential of Yazoo on the National scene. They aren’t there yet, but this beer should make Nashville proud.
lithy (3000) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewer’s Festival. Dark brown nearly black, red hints, tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate and a light sweet smokiness. The taste is the same big roastiness first, then chocolate, an astringent malt finish. Not really a smoked in that sense of the style but a fantastic porter, the cherry smoked malt gives it a touch of fruitiness. Re-rate. Bottle thanks to Butters. I never had much problem with the original draft version that many thought was thin. So that said, the differences to this beer don’t really make it a better or worse beer in my opinion. It is still a rock solid smoked porter. Dark brown-red, tan head. Smoky aroma, woody, cherry wood, smoky but not ashy or dry, chocolate and roasted malts. Nice bigger body, smooth and creamy. Taste is roasty, sweet chocolate, bitter cocoa, light smoke, cherry wood, lingering ashiness. Original rating 8:4:7:4:16
502F (1000) - ARLINGTON, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Nashville’s Music City Brew Festival. Dark and rich. Nice smoke quality with not much else. Good smoke though.
Butters (3318) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2010 Sampled on draft at the Music City Brewers Festival. Pours a very dark brown with mohagany highlights and decent ring of tan head tan head. Nose is sweet roasty chocolate with hints of vanilla. The ’smoke’ in the flavor, I percieve as a dark fruitiness. Kinda thin in the mouth. It’s kinda like a porter with currant juice. Good for a first attempt at a high alc. But room for improvement.
Bottle version at woodies: was better, but still much the same. Fuller richer body. Still missing the mark for smokiness, but good offering.