alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2007
My first, and still favorite, smoked porter. The smoke is tasty, very present, but not overpowering. Plenty of roast, some carbon, and a hint of saltiness. Try drizzling this over some vanilla ice cream. Earlier vintages are smoother and creamier. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Big thanks to acertain for this 2004 bottle. Aroma is of smoke, roast, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Rich and smoky with a touch of oxidation. Dark, dark brown in color (almost black) with a thin head that fades. Flavor is loaded with smoke, sweet smoky richness, but the roast flavors are a little thin. Absolutely no bitterness, just a touch of astringency. It leaves a nice lingering flavor of roasted malt and smoke. Medium body, watery-creamy texture. mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2007
22oz 2005 Vintage. Decent pour into trusty Piraat tulip yields a nice deep brown beverage with dense tan foam that sticks around for a good while. leaving very nice lacing. Aroma is straight smoked dark malt, just absolutely phenomenal. Flavor is just damn fine out of this world delicious. I can’t not drink this beer without thinking of the first time I had it. I had searched high and low for about 5 years before wandering into Pizza Port Carlsbad in the middle of January 2005, there between all the tasty delights PP had to offer was my white whale. Let me tell you, there are very few things that can beat finding the very one that you are searching than to find it a pub in southern california in January when it’s 70F and you’re 2 blocks from the beach. Even in rainy ass Pittsburgh during humid ass August, this beer still just hits me as beyond world class. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Good, dry smoke at end of palate. First tried in 2001 at the Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) and it was served slightly too cold. Just got a bottle as a gift (2006 vintage) and look forward to taking new notes.
Re-rate from draught version at Duck Island in Seattle. Pours dark opaque black with small creamy head. Aromatic essence of smoke with strong backbone of malt in the nose. Exceptionally creamy and delightful mouthfeel. Rich, roasty, bitter aftertaste with mellow smoke and well-blended flavors. Stunning brew. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2007
22 oz bottle, 2005. Impenetrable dark brown kicks up a tan head and leaves a lace ring. Smoky dough with faint raisin. Quite mild. Taste is figs and prunes with subtle smokes notes of cigar and sausage. Solid molasses toffee base. Medium body with brief zesty carb. Finish a little oily but clean with coffee beans. Sweet and smoke balance nicely. What a fine brew.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Poured a thin yet almost opaque blackened color. No head. Nose and flavor reminiscent of a campfire and smoked salmon. Quite complex and distinguished. Far more exciting and quaffable than most other rauch or smoked brews I have experienced. posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - AUG 11, 2007
A very hearty beer. Deep, dark brown, and pours out "like tar". Aroma is a little smokier than flavor. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2007
Dark brown with ruby coloured edges, beige head, good retention, some lacing. The aroma is very smoky, meaty, molasses, some chocolate, woody. The flavour isn’t as smoky as the aroma would make you believe, some meatiness, more porter characteristics, dark chocolate, burnt malts. Smoky and lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, chalky. An excellent smoked porter, highly drinkable. Seems to have the perfect amount of smoke all the way through.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2007
650ml bottle shared by <a
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Opened on March 16, 2007.
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 [437-20070725] 650mL (Vintage 2006, w/ jerc, tuqueboy). Rich smokey malt aroma with notes of band-aid. Dark brown red body with a quick tan foamy head. Very smokey bacon, slightly meaty flavour that’s mostly malty with a bit of coffee and chocolate and a hint of medicine. Full body. Very interesting, nice for the category. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
Delirium (669) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2007
[1039B-20080112] 1pt6floz (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, garthicus, jerc, mds, Radek Kliber; Vintage 2006). Iodine earthy bandaid smoke aroma. Dark dark brown body with a quick foamy light tan head. Smoky earthy roasty malt flavour has a bacon finish. Full body. Very nice balance. (9/3/9/4/17) 4.2
[3046K-20100630] Tap. Strong roasty wood charred malt aroma has a hint of wine. Dark brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light brown head some spotted lacing. Rich roasted smoky wood malt flavour has a charred background of booze and some red wine notes. Medium-full body. Nice balance of roast bitter along with smoke. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(@ Alderwood, Sequim, WA)
Bomber, 2005 vintage. Pours black with dark-brown edges, and a dense velvety beige head. Aroma is semi-sweet dark and roasted malt punctuated by smoke and charred wood. Flavor has a bit more of the malt, which is quite complex, ranging from sweetish notes to bitter chocolate, wood, and considerable roastiness, plus a hint of smokiness. Gets better with a more balanced and complex mingling of flavors and aromas as it warms. This is excellent, though not really a rauchbier in the usual sense -- more of a quality strong porter with some smokiness added to the mix, so you might like this even if you don’t like smoked beers in general. Highly recommended.