WVHouseofBeer (923) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a decent sized tan head that left a little lacing. Aromas weren’t as prevalent as I thought they’d be but consisted of smoked meat and roasted malt. Flavors were more of the same along with some dark fruit--mostly cherry. Nice lasting bitterness with a medium body. A good beer with no flaws to speak of.
DesertDevil (628) - Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Super roasty nose with a bunch of acrid smoke and a touch of anise. Dark brown in color much like Diet Coke. Moderate malty flavor to start with only minor smoke (which is a nice surprise given the phenol-heavy aroma), and a touch of green apple. Light body, dry finish. Not too shabby.
Sarlacc83 (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought from Tennessee by my wife.
A: Black body, creme colored head. Lacing.
N: Campfire, black olive, coffee, cocoa, char, phenols, more smoke, beef jerky.
T: Smokey, bitter and then amply sweet.
M: Medium body, prickly carbonation, alcohol is hidden well.
O: A contender to Alaskan Smoked Porter. Big and burly porter all around; quote enjoyable if you like the smoke.
GenDV138 (2883) - 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 (4430) - 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 (2080) - 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 (2142) - 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 (3050) - 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 (944) - - 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%