Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours with a dark brown color. It appears black in the glass. Nose has some depth to it. Notes of fire, char, root, dark chocolate and burnt espresso. Flavor is very mild, has some malt complexity and depth to it, but the mouth feel is very thin, almost watery. Overall, I like this fine smoked ale, but wish it had more body. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized off white/tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, a subtle smokiness that came out more as it sat, nutty, and some coffee. Tastes of chocolate, some roast, the same subtle smokiness, and some coffee. Lighter body. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Bottled. Wouldn’t really call this a smoked, more like a porter with a (nice) touch of smoke, but whatever. The smoke character in the aroma is very dry, ashy, with some pomegranate and peanut. Nice complexity. Very dry flavor, chalky and kind of taffy-like, with a chewy, malty finish. Low on bitterness. Not in your face at all, but this one wins for its calm, controlled flavors and delicate complexity. Very solid. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Aroma is roasted malts, followed by the smell of firewood, and smoke. Opaque dark brown, almost black, thick tan head. The flavor is malty, chocolatey, with the taste of campfire smoke. Very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, nice feel. The finish is light hops, but bittering is acheived in the end by roasted malts. Sweetnes up front segues into bitter roastyness at the end. An enjoyable beer, and a nice achievement for a small brewer. (Next time, I hope I see the bomber for less than $7.50. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle from new beer. Pours a back body with a 3 finger tan head. Smoke, campfire, roasted malt. Thick smokey roasty with a big body. Licorice, chocolate, light bitterness to round out. Lighly woody, with a creamy body.
beastiefan2k (4112) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2009
22oz bottle gifted to me by notalush, thanks a lot Brandon I really wanted to try this before I left NY. Brewed October 7th, bottled December 4th. Poured into a Melbourne Bros glass with an all black color and a medium but quickly fading brown head. Aroma is all chocolate, fumy, dark roast, and coffee. Not much smoke in the nose. Taste is similar with an earthy bitterness coming from the roast. The smoke is only apparent in the finish and its subtle. Its an original smokiness, not rauch or peat. Its more like an airy forest type of smokiness. The mouthfeel is a bit too overcarbonated at first but settles as the beer breathes. Very nice stuff and I hope to drink a lot more from this brewery. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, dense black with a moderate mocha colored head that lasted until the end of the glass and left considerable lace all the way to the end as well. The smoke was quite noticeable in the aroma, with a solid dose of woodsmoke and some very subtle bacon notes also present. Roasted malt and chocolate are also present in the aroma. The flavor is very nice with roasted malt and woodsmoke both well represented. A very mild sweetness emerges midway, followed by some light bitterness at the finish. Medium-full bodied with a nice silky mouthfeel. Reading the other reviews, it appears there is some inconsistency from bottle to bottle, as mine was properly carbonated and there was ample smoke, which is something the brewer will have to work on. As for the bottle I had, excellent! LilBeerDoctor (4194) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head (seems like there is plenty of carbonation, perhaps notalush got a bad bottle). Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor is quite robust, with nice roasted malt, sweet fruits, and parmesean cheese. It gets sweeter as it warms, which is not really a good thing for the palate. The smoke is quite faint and I can hardly detect its presence. Hmm, not very impressed by this, although it is not bad. Needs more smoke if it is gonna proclaim it is a smoked. 6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)
Update 1/25/09: Aroma has much more smokiness with sweet malt in the background. Flavor of nice smoked meats. The smokiness does fade as the beer warms and the odd sweetness takes over. Can’t say I’m more impressed with this, maybe just a little.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5) fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of coffee, mocha, noticeably yet subtly smoky melding with chocolate notes and roasted malt. Flavor has a nice bitter coffee with a smoky edge so smooth I almost missed it until I didnt, and it turned out to be quite prominent and enjoyable. Smoke steadily builds on the tongue despite never overwhelming it on any given sip. A sweeter, vaguely fruity side to the beer also shows up as the beer warms. Again, even more than before, subtle and pleasant. Medium bodied and silky, no carbonation problems with this bottle. Very nice stuff, cant wait for more from this brewery. malrubius (3022) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2008
22 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Dark dark brown-black with lasting brown head and lotsa lace. Campfire smoke and espresso bean aroma with a hint of chocolate. Smooth smoky roasted coffee and chocolate flavors with nicely understated fruitness and medium finishing dry bitterness with mild lingering smoke. Nice and complex with good smoky character that doesnt conceal an excellent porter. Medium body and medium carbo with a tiny carbo bite. All around, Im a huge fan. This is an excellent beer.