harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 Bottle at Chris_O London bottlefest March 07. 2003 bottle, BBE 01/06. Very dark brown/black colour with thin beige head. Dark roasted oily malt aroma. Some smokiness, touch of bacon. Chewy, tarry, toffee. Lovely. Hint of black cherry, black berry on palate. Very good, nice intensity and drinkable. Been looking for it for years and it didn’t let me down. Finished the bottle after everyone else had tasted it. 4.3/5. re-rate 2012 it’s a Schlenkerla Marzen type beer. Enjoyable yes, but not Schlenkerla Marzen at the brewery. I think cos it was my first smoked beer I rated it so highly. 42nd birthday beer. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
good smoky and earthy aroma, black in the middle with light brown edges, little carbonation. the flavor was not good by any means, maybe its just my palate, but I prefer a big imperial stout over this stuff anyday. wont buy it again, thats for sure. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Wow, how a year can change a palate. Couldn’t stand this beer on first sample a long time ago...that has all changed. Solid smoked offering right here. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
650 ml bottle
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2007
Thanks to hezron for following one excellent beer with another. This was a bottle that he had been hanging on to for a while - the bottle said it was a 2004 vintage. If the other Alaskan beers are anything like this someone up there is doing an excellent job.
Aroma / Appearance - Smoked hickory chips begin an intoxicating aroma which also contains coffee, slow roasted barbequed meat and peppermint extract. While not very dense it invites further reflection. The body was about as dark as you would expect from a porter with no head.
Flavor / Palate - Smoky ham, onions, tomatoes and pepperoni remind me of a Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizza (due to the lack of greasiness). I could almost imagine it being the seconds eaten for breakfast the next day due to the coffee taste that follows. While it does not stick to the throat it has enough body to make itself known. The finish is a midafternoon snack of licorice, plums and blueberries. The smoke comes through strongest in the finish though it does not overwhelm the senses.
Thanks to Larry Pitonka. Dark color. Smell of smoke, malt, light coffee, coco powder, oak, and some hops. It smells like a fall day when you burn leaves out in the back yard. Taste of smoke, hints of chocolate, hops, roasted malt/coffee, nuts and smoked fish. What a great porter.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle: I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and I can’t remember who sent it to me, but thanks to whoever you were. Black pour with an off white head. Aroma, chocolate, coffee, and some nice smoke to it. Flavor, chocolate malts, some nice roasted character to it, and the underlying smokiness is just great. Really great beer. DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
Though this brew is surprisingly thin for the boldness of its flavor....it’s flavor ranks amongst the best all time...truly incredible blend of Islay single malt volcanic, peaty, earthiness and Bells Expedition Stout-esque open-flame-roasted-caramel-maltiness...though considerably more enjoyable over the long haul than either. A MUST TRY! littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Bottle: pours with a thin, tan head. Smoky aroma, smells almost like bacon. Wonderful. Tastes even better, like a sharp smoked cheddar. Amazing! k9coug (116) - USA - APR 3, 2007
This beer tastes just like the story behind it makes the drinker think it should taste. You would swear there is a bit o’ salmon in the bottle. Smoked flavor is not overwhelming but stays on the palate a long time. Very dark with a thin contrasting white head. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2007
Courtesy the Solanator. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Very thick looking. The smell is like its namesake, very smoky, some bacon, dark malts, and roastiness. Taste is very similar to the nose, very smoky, get a pretty big campfire or bacon breakfast taste. I feel like I just walked out of Cracker Barrel. Very roasty, with just a touch of chocolate and big dark maltiness. Very rich tasting. Big and bold. Slightly bitter finish, but the smoke stays with you in the aftertaste. Damn tasty brew for # 300.