imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours deep black with small brown head. Strong aromas of smoke!, malt, and some wood. Couldn’t pull much flavor except SMOKE. Too overpowering for me and couldn’t enjoy this one. cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Big thanks to Sparky 27 - Smokey roasted malt. Nice clean reddish dark brown color. Head disappeared quickly. Smoke, coffee, chocolate in taste. Nice smokey, roasty, bitter finish. Very drinkable. A fantastic porter with great smoke flavor and one I would love to try again! emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Via liquidsolutions. Pours a dark brown with reddish edges. The head is 1 finger thick creamy tan. Very nice smokey aroma, meaty, light coffee and roast. The flavor is very smokey, coffee, light waxy hops, a nice bittering quality. Nothing special on the mouthfeel, a good hop side. garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Dark chocolate brown, almost opaque. Coffee brown thin head. Roasted malt and big smoke aromas. Mid to full bodied with good low carbonation. Roasted malt bbq flavors, espresso coffe notes. Full of smoke flavor that doesn’t overpower the palate. Lingering light smoke finish, clean. uhclem (431) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours a deep coffee color with a dark tan head that subsides quickly, leaving amorphous lacing. Nose is smoky and slightly sweet, with hints of caramel and molasses. Taste is redolent of coffee, molasses and burnt wood. Hearty yet slightly watery mouthfeel. Aftertaste reminds me of what my clothes smell like after sitting around a campfire.
HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2008
2007 Vintage. Bottle. Pours almost black, tan head that falls. Nice lacing. Nice smoky roast aroma. Smoky foretaste, nice body, great beer. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours opaque dark brown, with barely translucent edging of muddy amber. A beige head rose to a half inch, and fell quickly to a mostly bare surface, with some tight foam on the edges and a whisp on center. No lacing except for a couple of dots.
Aromatics are full of porter character, with light smoke. Bakers chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee grounds, and smoldering twigs.
Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and thickish. Lingering viscosity.
The pallet is filled with roasted cocoa nubs, dark coffee beans, and an afterthought of embers. Hints of vanilla, burnt ends, and Kahlua follow through.
Finishes with lingering smoke and some mild acrid character.
The smoke seems to have faded since 2005, but the brew has picked up some nice complexity.
A well balanced beer, but I’m left wanting an "Imperial" version.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Bomber. Notes are from memory. The nose had a wonderful smokiness to it, a mix between a campfire and 12-hour smoked ribs. The palate shows some bitter hops toward the finish but that melded nicely with the smokey edge. RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s sunday sojourn. Black with thin beige head. Smoky, roast tones. Liquorice, syrupy tones, gulpable. Good, alright. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is smokey, roasty slight liquice note. Taste is similar thinner than expected, quite drinkable.