hopma (7) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2012 does not count
On tap at Eccentric....definitely smoky, but not too smoky. Like the flavor a lot. Great with a sweet desert. KPD (60) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours midnight black, fine beady head. Aroma is dark malt with smoke in the back. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is dark malt with mild to moderate ish smoke, tending to mild. Fairly dry finish. Lingering malty mild smoke. If you like smoked beers this is an excellent beer. jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2013
On tap at Bells Brewery, Kalamazoo , Michigan, pours a dark black poor with a java colored head. Nose is deep smoke, coffee , chocolate and malt. Taste is sweet and smokey full of coffee and chocolate, and all flavor. Finish is bittersweet and the smoke lingers. Great . Quaff score 8 /10 Miver (615) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pint at the Eccentric Cafe. Poured deep black in color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of smoked malts, chocolate, and mild roast. Tastes of moderately smoked malts, chocolate, light coffee. I’m starting to love smoked beers, and this certainly was a very solid drinkable version of that style. Great body and smooth finish. Nice. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
pours pitch blak, naturally. Looks thin. About 1/3 inch of dirty dark brown head. Served cold as hell… I envision hell as very cold. Smell is pretty great, even at this temperature. First I got huge dark chocolate, then the second whiff got a lot of the smoky character. In fact, that’s all I get now. Pretty peaty, though the bready/malts are still pretty obvious in the nose. Probably the best smoked I’ve ever had, because it’s such a complement in the flavor rather than the whole point of it. Actually I’ve had a real ygreat smoked barreled beer, but I can’t remember what that was. This is a very well-made beer. Too cold to really evaluate the body.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a black body with a huge, two-finger width, creamy brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Gorgeous. Aroma is smoke and beef with some rich chocolates and a light roast. Just a touch of earthy citrus creeps in as this warms. The nose is more smokey, while the flavor is pretty balanced all-around. Flavor is more roasty and plenty of chocolate oozes in while the smoke blends nicely with the rest of the flavors. Very rich and bold flavor. Finishes dry with a touch of earth and acidic citrus and plenty of lingering tastes that last for quite awhile. Medium bodied. Overall, a really good beer. Sweet, rich, robust, smokey and all-around well balanced. Very nice. JStax (7171) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour at the source. Pours a darker brown to black with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has bacon, smoke, roast. The taste is really bacon forward. Smoother mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Really enjoyed this one. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
Lovely stuff. Very smooth, very black, lacy, the smokiness subtle among roasted flavours and dark chocolate. Lasting bitter aftertaste. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Draft at Eccentric Cafe. Nose is beef jerky, beech smoke and roasted grains. Taste is very robust and multi-layered. Lots of smoke and charcuterie. A touch salty and roasted. Pleasant underlying bitterness. Very nice. cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Tap @ Bells. Black appearance with a tan head. Moderate smoky, rich dark chocolate malty, light espresso aroma. Delicious full bodied, moderately smoky, dark chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla flavor. Great beer.