timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
S: Yowza, like sniffing a a sausage! Very heavy smoke, which works better with a stout than a lager. The roasted coffee beans and chocolate come through pretty clearly
A: Nice looking stout - light brown head
T: Very smoke heavy, that sausage smell becomes a reality. The malts mix well
P: Feels good, not very full
O: Lives up to the name. I couldn’t have much of this, or any other smoked for that matter, but went well with the roast beef sandwich esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at Eccentric Café. Dark brown with a creamy brown head and brown lowlights. Aroma of roasted and smoked malts with some chocolate in the background. Taste is creamy with smoked and roasted dark malts, light chocolate and a hint of coffee. NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Half pint at the brewery. This beer is black as midnight. Roasty, charred aroma. Not particularly meaty but maybe like burned bacon. Espresso, earth, dark cacao scents as well. Creamy palate. Delicious balance of cacao, espresso, lingering, hidden notes of smoke. A faint bittersweetness balances things out. Absolutely tasty, but needs more smoke b3shine (8874) - Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft to taster. Looks fine; a little thin though. Smells good; malty and rosary. Tastes good too; much like it smells with some smoke and good balance. Nice on the palate too. One of the more enjoyable smoked beers I’ve tried. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Draught. Most is big on chocolate malt with lighter coffee notes. Dark red, no head. Flavor is Roasty, spicy, and lightly smoky. Nicely full bodied. Very dry but not in a way that affects the thickness. Interesting and delicious.
Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2012
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate smoke sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
bells smoked stout. app. black with minimal to no head. aroma of smoke and roasted malt. some dark chocolate. light body leads to a nice smoky chocolate with some sweet cocoa and cream. coffee finish with burnt toast. thin but nice. 737314 Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 À la pompe au pub: Voile de fumée, mélasse avec une présence en bouche soutenu et une finale chocolaté. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours black with dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a nice combo of dark grain and smoke with backing roasted malts. Flavor has a nice balance of smoke and roasted malts with a bit of chocolate. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a rich near opaque dark brownish pour, with a decent offwhite near tan head that rings small, laces small. Aromas are gentle smoke, cherrywood and chocolate, gentle kisses of campfire meats, some roast and toast. Initial is medium bodied, a touch girthy with a gentle smokiness up front, lots of cocoa, some fudge and coffee. Gentle roast, toast, caramel as we get into a more earthy smoked element, faint campfire. Not strong enough for me, personally. Offering some vanilla, a fairly creamy body, gentle smoke is earthy, no meatiness, with some gentle cherry or dark fruit elements. Finish is creamy, roasty, yet firm with inviting sweetness coming into play. Interesting, not as smoky as I’d prefer, but solid. The smoke grows as it gets warmer, but still keeps that cherrywood sweeter element to it. Ok, but I’d prefer a stronger meaty smoke.. As a smokehead.