DocLock (11258) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Hazy black pour with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, coffee. Tastes smooth, rich, with smoke malt flavor, cacao, dark choc, and a smooth finish. MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2016
(Rating from Aug. 15, 2013.)
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a thin khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. I'm not picking up any smoky aromas beyond the roasted malt.
Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, smokey sweet roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of roasted coffee and some herbal hops.
Medium body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone swanmann (787) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Bomber poured into English pint: Chocolate brown color with about a half inch of light beige, quickly diminishing foam that leaves light lace; aromas of smoke, some soy sauce, some booze, coffee, caramel; taste has a bit of dark chocolate bitterness, caramel sweetness and a touch of lactose, mid level acidity; it’s not a thick as the abv would lead to believe, but it is a bit syrupy; the finish lingers with a bit of roastyness. It’s not as big and heavy as it seems like it should be, but that’s kind of nice. phaleslu (11069) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
12 oz. bottle from shrubber85- thanks again, Roger! I’ve seen a few of these at The Party Source but never get them because the name and labels are so unappealing. Pours a brownish mahogany color with a small off-white head. Notes of chocolate, very light smoke, brown sugar, tobacco, peat, tea, toast, and earth. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, earthy mouthfeel and low carbonation. The aroma works well but the flavor falls a bit flat. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
22oz bottle -
A nice beer, and compared to the regular beers that are brewed by Hermitage, this is a step up from their regular pedestrian brewing results. The aroma has some moderate sweetness, bakers chocolate, and a light bacon-y/smoked deli meat/burned paper thing going. The sweetness really melds well with the malts and the smokey notes really carry thru during the different temperature changes. Not super complex, but quite enjoyable.
slowrunner77 (13622) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"This 8% brews aroma is dominated by roster malts, mocha, and smoke. The smoke is even more subtle in the flavor. Flavor is roasted malts and mocha, hops & dark fruit. Robust yet dry in the finish, which shows a tiny bit of the smoke. Brewed by ass kisser ales AT Hermitage. I can’t believe Hermitage actually conceived and brewed this as its sooo much better than nything I’ve had from them."
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
An OK 8% abv.beer. The beer is dark (almost black) when poured. Has a tan head and emits a faint aroma of smoke. I just started appreciating Porters so this beer may need to be re-visited in the future.
Brodies_Best (324) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2014
330 ml pours dark brown. Aroma is smooth, smokey of chocolate sweetness. Very easy drinking well rounded drop. nearbeer (5751) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2014
650 ml. I’ve consistently ignored this one on the shelf for nearly a year because I thought it was an alias of the same brewery’s similarly labeled Stubborn Jack, and because most of their non-smoked stuff has been unimpressive. Pours nearly opaque chocolate with a lasting disc of foam. Just a hint of smoke on the nose mixed with espresso, cocoa and caramel. Taste is caramel cola, dark toasted bread, and a small but increasingly noticeable flavor of smoke. Medium body is smooth with a low level of carbonation and tends to the sweet side, but the smoke rescues it from cloying. A fine example of how a bit of smoked malt can make an underlying mediocre beer interesting. fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
honestly dont remember much about this one, just that it was decent on the smoke.