pineypower (3325) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
Growler at Dmac’s. Pours out black with a tiny lacing white head. Rich aroma of roasted malts ans some smoke. Taste is complex with roasted malts, some chocolate
decent smoky meat flavor, but could use some more smoke. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Very dark pour from a growler shared by Padrefan and special thanks to dmac for hooking this socal group up. Decent head too. Aromas were smoke and touches of metal. Some metal in the flavor as well, but typical porter dust and smoke blended nicely to make this a pretty yummy beer. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2008
Poured from a growler at Jon (Padrefan’s) house. A great mini tasting with Fordest and Toncatcher. Uber dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma was moderately smoky with burnt grains, oak and some dark fruits. The flavor was lightly smoky with raisins, chocolate, brown sugar and biter hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, but just a bit thinner than I would have liked. The finish was long and dry with a light astringency. Overall: A very good smoked beer but I would have preferred a bigger bolder smokiness. Very nice--thanks Jon. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Another growler thanks to dmac. Not my favorite style but this one could win me over. The smokiness wasn’t in your face. The sweetness was there that gave it a nice balance. Very good. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown/black with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma and flavor strongly of smoke (of course), coffee, roast. I thought it was a good smoked porter, although to be honest, it’s not my favorite style.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Both the aroma and flavor seamless blends of smoke, roasted malt, coffee, sweet maltiness, creaminess. Probably the most purely refreshing porter I’ve had. Very nice, and a few more goes at it may just convince me to give it the ol’ 4-0. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2008
growler from the brewery poured into a snifter has a dark black color and a thick dark tan head that slowly faded away. aroma has roasted sweet coffee, smoked malt, moss, chocolate, and licorice. very nice and inviting. mouth feel is medium creamy with good carbonation. flavor is nicely rounded with malt roast, coffee, sweetness like candy sugar, chocolate, and light bitters. the level of smoke is more towards roasted but it really complements this well. very nicely done and one of the best porters i have tried. HoppityHop (206) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2008
On tap, this poured a opaque brown with no head or lacing to speak of. There is a hint of smoke in the aroma and flavor, but honestly not much. I’m glad for that, as I’m not a huge "smoked beer" fan. However, there are the traditional chocolaty and creamy flavors of a traditional porter. Maybe a bit thin, but surely drinkable. Good by standards of the style, but only fair in comparison to many of Scott’s other offerings. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2008
On tap at Blind Tiger. Poured dark brown with almost no head.Smelled of coffee, licorice. Nice smooth mouthful, almost thin, which makes it easily drinkable,and yes, it has a nice smoked flavor to it. Found it medium bodied, with a nice finish. JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Growler from Bierkraft, Brooklyn. Medium tan head. Aroma of smoke, some dark roasted malt, coffee. Smokey earthiness is the primary taste characteristic, some roasted malt underneath. Dry finish emphasizes smoke. Drank in Sam Adams’ new Boston lager glass, which may have overemphasized the smokiness. Usually more of a fan of rauchbiers such as Schlenkerla, so it isn’t that I hate smoke beers.