dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2016
12oz bottle from Rob. Poured a medium to thinner density deep black center with root beer edges and a smaller frothy beige head. Aroma has slight cardboard edge, smoke, chocolate, peat and earthy bread make up the rest. Flavor follows suit, smoke, chocolate, toasted bread. Medium full body, average carbonation and aftertaste. abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Better than expected. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is earthy with light smoke notes. Light bodied, finishes with light smoke notes. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and some irregular lacing is left.
3.5 S: Porcine and camp fire smokiness. A light graininess with moderate roastiness. On the drier side, but is mixed with caramel sweetness.
3.25 T: Roasty with hints of ash. Campfire smokiness, grain, an almost tanginess that may come from the smoked malt. Caramel sweetness just falls short of balancing out the roastiness. Could use a bit more refinement.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit more carbonation than I’d prefer. Lacking creaminess.
3.25 D: It’s okay, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
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DavoleBomb, Aug 06, 2013 hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown, nice tan head and a little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malts, some cocoa and some coffee. Taste is mostly roasted malts, some chocolate notes and some caramel and nuts. Very well balanced Porter. Quite drinkable. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a rich brown color with an espresso aroma. Taste is coffee and slight smoked malt flavor. A smooth initial taste with an upfront smooth espresso flavor. This beer was silky on the palate which lent to its easy drinkability.
Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is smoky, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Very nice.
The taste is mildly sweet and bitter at the same time, it finishes sweet.
The texture is light.
The aroma was great, the flavor mild, but not bad. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Backlog rating on 10-02-2012 (Bottle purchased at Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI) This beer has a medium sized tan head that is mostly lasting, transparent reddish brown body, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing adorns my glass. The aroma is nutty, coffee, chocolate, and lightly roasted. The flavor is lightly bitter, coffee and lightly roasted. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is quaffable and I did not detect any smoke characteristics. It is worth trying and a beer I would drink again. Travlr (24759) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared. Dark clear brown, medium tan head. Aroma of coffee grounds and caramel. Taste is moderate smoke and a bit of bacon. Not sure why the smoke is in the flavor and not really in the aroma. This one got good reviews from friends. tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Deep, dark brown with a medium sized dark tan head. Aroma was coffee, chocolate and not much smoke. Taste was coffee with a sweet upfront taste and a bitter finish. Again, smoke was very light. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014
From the bomber this poured a dark mahogany body with a sustained light brown head. It had an aroma of smoked ham with lightly roasted dark malt. The flavor was light all the way around. The smoke gets kind of ashy and the malt flavor is very mild. Dry finish. This need much more in the flavor department. I can understand why this isn’t listed as a smoked beer, but I’m starting to wonder why it was listed as a porter.