GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Herring Creek beer tasting
First, a HUGE thank you to my southern brother, bluesandbarbq, for sending me this wonderful brew. Yazoo was all over this one when they made it, and the proof is in the beer. The beer pour out a mahogany brown/blackish body with a beige 1/2" cap. Aroma is smoke, tar, a litte leather, rosted malts and charred fruit. Flavor steers more towards the roasted malts, than smokey malts, and it’s almost stout-like with the flavor. Woody, roasty, smokey, lightly figgy, light bitterness with bit of a twangy/alcoholic finish. Definitely blurs the lines in my mind between a smoked ale/porter/stout. Love when beers do that.
GenDV138 (2659) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Charlottesville Tasting. Black with light tan head. Aromas of light coconut, chocolate, roast. Tastes of roast, dark chocolate, bitter roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
obguthr (4315) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke, prosciutto nose. Cola brown , medium body. Smoke, ash, wood. Medium body, easy carbonation. Robust malt bitterness.
weihenweizen (1983) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Large format bottle dated January 27, 2015. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is smokey/roasty slightly dry malt, medium body, medium/light carbonation, creamy texture, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is roasty malt, chocolate, smoke, wood, some herbal hops, some coffee, and dry finish. I would say the style is more imperial porter than smoked, but the smoke does compliment the other flavors. For those who like dryer beers this is next level stuff.
rougeau13 (2119) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Suttree. Pretty much black with a resilient milky tan head. Aroma of coffee, smoke, roast, and molasses. Taste is a really nice balance of roasty bitterness and smoke. Medium bodied and creamy smooth. Excellent choice to send. Thanks Phil!
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a dark brown/black color with a tan head. The aroma was of burnt malts, some light cigar smoke with chocolate and a alcohol. The taste was of smoke with some vanilla and sweet malts with more alcohol.
Swilson2 (15) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cherrywood on the nose, wonderful body and a subtle smokiness that lingers on the finish.
Johnsense (910) - - FEB 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, decent sized head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate dominated by huge smoke in both aroma and taste. Thick body. Fairly good but the smoke was too much for me.
Karsa_Orlong (4) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Median level smoke character, not overpowering the chocolate malt. Medium dry with perhaps a little ashy black malt and light hop bitter in the finish that sticks around. Not noticeably warm for 9%
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around a very long time. There’s also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like smoked malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. The 9% ABV is well hidden. I thought this was a good brew, if you’re into smoked beers then you should probably give this one a try! $5.99 a bottle.
Poobah (304) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a medium, tan head and a malty sweet, coffee, smoky nose. Medium carbonation with a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel and a coffee and chicory, smoky, dark chocolate, slightly warming, dry finish.