notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours black, with a thick, foamy tan head that settles to a substantial lace - dry cocoa/bakers chocolate hit the nose first, followed by some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, noticeable rye, peppery character, some notes of molasses far in the back, light hints of smoke and cloves - full carbonation, semi-soft in the mouth - some sweetness up front, but this is fairly dry for the strength - a lot of cocoa, some tobacco - some spicy, slightly bitter rye combines well with some black malt bitterness - notes of licorice/anise, warming spices - touches of smoke around the edges that taste like a product of the yeast - a few other mild, belgian-ish phenols and spiciness - finishes dry, with quite a bit of alcohol warmth - a little too much so - a fairly solid take on a belgian-style stout - it’s just a little too hot in the finish. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Batch# / Best by Date: 2010-1 01/13 Pours a great looking black with soapy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, slight astringent, faint dark fruit, signs of bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is some what dry, dark roast, bitter dark chocolate, malt, a bit of astringent alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body, some what light silkiness and medium carbonation. Overall, similar to eating a bitter dark chocolate candy bar. Not bad at all! BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a huge brown head, near black body. Pretty good lace too. Chocolatey and earthy aroma. Leather, light vanilla, fudge. Lightly smokey and lightly fruity, some alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, ash, nutshells. Very earthy, light hop volatiles. Lively bubbles. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
black with a thick cream head. coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and light smoke. nice palate, big roasted coffee with roasted malts and a bitter finish. smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG 2010. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with some hops present. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, slightly smokey. Full body with minimal carbonation.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle shared by Superdave at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks Dave! Pours opaque black with a thick brown head. The nose roasted malt, spicy Belgian yeast, light chocolate and smoky coffee beans. The taste is charred malt, spice, chocolate, bitter coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of an mreusch trade. Thanks, Matt! As I work my way to the end of the Smokestack series, I’ve saved the newer bottles for last. Pours a pretty black near opaque hue, browner edges, but still pretty opaque. A large medium brown head that cakes and laces well, stays pretty large. Aromas are a mix of sweeter brown sugar, dark fruit, and fruity Belgian yeast, with lighter roasty malt, caramel, a touch of cocoa, vanilla. Fairly sweet and cakey, with a pretty noticeable Belgian yeast element. Initial is thicker, substantial body throws roast and sweet dark fruit and spicy yeast, dark candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, banana bread. Pretty sweet with a light warming booziness and a decent floral hopping with a touch of dry pine. Up front is sweet, Belgian influenced, but really moves into a warm roast, booziness ( a bit too much if you ask me ), and dry floral and piney hopping that sticks strong to the back of the palate and finish. Coffee and roast stick, but the sweetness and dark fruit, esters, and zesty Belgian spice, vanilla, with darker sugar malts. Nice, but a bit offensive on the backend. Still, tasty and really works a lot of flavors into play. One of the better Smokestack beers, in my opinion. Just a little hard on the backend.. Maybe a smaller version would play better in my book ABV-wise MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle (corked and caged 750). Pours a dark (kinda thin) brown with a big fizzy head and aromas of dark fruit, earthy peat, wet leaves, chocolate and maybe coffee... Flavor is very sweet... chocolate and sticky molasses malt tones with lots of dark fruit and a heavy ABV that hits you across the palate. Mouthfeel is kinda thin for the style and it has a bit of a balance problem with too much ABV sticking out and too much sweetness, but it’s not bad. Still, I usually enjoy the Boulevard special beers more than this one. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pourz black and a large creamy tan head to boot. Alcohol, plum, and milk chocolate faintly occupy the nose. Taste is strong rhubarb, pecan, and weak hops and cocoa. Weak lacing. Zealous bite. Medium-heavy body with a silky palate. Finish is bitter coffee. robforbes (2242) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
pours an opaque black with a very large khaki head, and nice lacing.
smell is of powdered chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and a hint of dark fruits.
taste is of milk chocolate, some sour malt, a little coffee, some roastiness in the back, and some dark fruits, ends a little dry and a touch of bitterness.