Maris (1514) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
From a 355ml bottle on 20/7/2014. Pours a very dark brown with a small head. Has a strong and quite pleasant smoky aroma, but with less bacon than you often get with smoked brews. The smoke is relatively subtle in the mouth but compliments sweet chocolate, a touch of dark fruit and spice, and a nice roasty lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This is a really impressive, cohesive brew and definitely one of the best smoked beers I’ve had. Lovely stuff. beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - MAY 14, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Clear dark brown with a small tan head.
Coffee aroma, with burned wood, dark chocolate and earthy hops.
Roasted malts, some carob and espresso flavors.
Med-full body, creamy, dry, balanced and satisfying. Patrickctenchi (6590) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Deep brown with a little ruby...thick tan head.
Smoky, spiced meat, chocolate aroma.
Taste is creamy, smoky chocolate, coffee..
Roast and ash.
Very nice.......easy for the ABV. Brodies_Best (269) - 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. 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.
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by nmann08. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (coffee, chocolate, roast), light hops (herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prune, raisin, and smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (coffee, chocolate, roast), light hops (herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prune, raisin, and smoke. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a sweet finish. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle. Lightly smoky lactic chocolate malt aroma. Black with small tan head. Wood smoke and lactic chocolate malt flavor. Mildly bitter herb and ash finish. Pretty good. nearbeer (5421) - 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. zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 21, 2013
Better Beer Of The Month Club. Pours like coke with a huge beige head, aroma of coffee, cocoa an waffel, flavor is slightly smoked, with wood, light notes of sausage, finishes with cocoa and wood acidity, medium bodied, nice slowrunner77 (12044) - 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."