TheAlum (6193) - 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 (1523) - 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 (4505) - 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 (2678) - 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!
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. nose is fairly smoky with light chocolate notes. black with a thin ring of brown foam. great thickness. really full mouthfeel with chocolate, roasted malt notes and tons of smoke. just short of too much. fantastic balance.
theisti (3446) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Rating #2,000. 12 oz bottle sent to me by my 2010 Winter Secret Santa. Bottled on MAR Week 3 according to notches on the label. Pour is black with a nice khaki one inch head that is quite lasting. Some nice carbonation bubbles stream up the slide of the glass. The aroma is fire ember smoky, along with a soft roastiness. The smoke and roast play together nicely to form a very soft smoke - subtle, but also present. Really clean. The taste follows the nose, integrated roast and dying fire smokiness, along with a bit of sweetness near the finish. The alcohol is also present in the dry chalky finish. The taste is not quite as clean as the nose, though it is really nicely balanced between the smoke and Porter elements. The palate is medium bodied, with gentle fine carbonation. The aforementioned sweetness through the finish detracts a bit, but still a really nicely constructed beer. Thanks for sending this one my way Phil!
A quick note about why I chose this beer for #2,000. This beer represents much of what I have learned and enjoyed at ratebeer. This is a style of beer (smoked) I knew pretty much nothing about brewed by a brewer (Yazoo) I had never heard of obtained through a means (trading / Secret Santa - thanks Phil!) I would have never dreamt of. I even drank it out of a glass I would never have seen without this site (Duvel mini tulip, thanks Eugene!). In short, this is a tribute to all the great knowledge I have acquired on this site, as well as the great people I have met. This one’s for my Kansas City crew, the great ratebeer folk down in Houston, and all my great ratebeer friends out in Seattle. Further, big thanks to the folks I have traded with and the admins that work tirelessly keeping this site great. Finally, thanks to Joe for making this site what it is. Like all the great spots in the world, it’s not perfect - but it’s got character and I have a lot of fun hanging out here.
bleeng (1575) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Black with a tan head . Nose is very malty with a nice smoke aroma. Taste is sweet, very burnt malts, with an alcohol presence and thick rich body. Delicious.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Poured opaque black with a medium brownish tan head. Aroma: licorice, roasted malts, notes of chocolate and faint smoke. Taste: roasted malts, licorice, smoke, nuts, chocolate... shadows of fruit and booze. Smoke and chocolate come out much more as the beer warms. Smooth mouthfeel, mild stickiness. Medium/full body, great depth, very balanced. Overall a fantastic Smoked Porter. Excellent job with this brew.
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 12 oz bottle, week 3, August. Dark brown with a pocked tan head. Nose is sour smoke and bitter chocolate. Medium body with a tingle and a sharp tang. Taste is red wine and chocolate syrup finishing with oily smoke and green plum. Hints of what seems like a nice brew. I was warned this batch was infected, and likely so but not undrinkable, reminding me of the SFTO’s. Need to try a good one. 6/3/5/3/15. 11/21/10 - A fresh bottle from early November. Nose is chocolate, coffee and light smoke. Taste is rich and roasty with chocolate, licorice and bitter smoke. A well-rounded porter with just enough smoke to add some character.