ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small off-white head.
Smell: Chocolatey, almost reminiscient of a Tootsie Roll. Fair amount of roast. Vague dark fruitiness. Smoked wood scent, sure, but I get far more wood than smoke, which is reasonably mild.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a mild sweetness and roastiness. Again, for me, it’s more woody and smokey. Faint fruit hints. Slight spicy, earthy bitterness. Roasty, wooden finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Why, that’s not half bad at all! Finishing a few glasses from the growler was a breeze. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, roasty, smoky, chocolate, and some hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, smoky, chocolate, and a bitter roasty finish. johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Poured black with a creamy brown head. Great looker. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke. Chocolate flavors to start with a hint of dark fruit. Finished with a hint of smoke. Very drinkable and light. Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Another Cpt. Lawrence sipper, complex, on-tap at Barcade. My clear winner here over a long night. The smoke is instrinsic, its the smoked malt. The aroma is rather ginger. A whisp of head, lace and a fresh beer. Medium mouthfeel, and drying bittersweet finish. Comes to a fruitiness in the mouth. gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2008
At bar america in nyc. A lot better than the food. very complex yet drinkable.
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Growler filled at Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that disappeared after the first sip. Very pleasant aroma of light smoke, roasted malt, and chocolate. I like that the smokiness does not appear to be overpowering this beer. The flavor is again light smoke, roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke flavor is well proportioned against the roasted malt and chocolate flavors and compliments them well. Medium bodied. Soft finish. This is an excellent smoked porter. danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
On tap at the brewery: Pours very dark with a tan head. Aroma is very pleasant, smoke and roasted malt. Taste is very similar. Very smoky flavor, but not overpowering. Slight hints of a steak flavor as well as an obviously large amount of roasted barley or black patent malt flavor as well. Mouth feel is also pleasant. Full bodied and soft feeling. Great finish as well. Overall, an excellent beer. pforei (338) - USA - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 On tap at Hop Devil. Typical dark black porter color with moderate tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and little extra smokiness. Some chocoalte and a little berry. MIld in taste and finish. Thin but somewhat soft mouthfeel. Well crafted, not overdone. Makes for a good session beer. 7/4/7/4/13
Rerate: On tap at brewery tasting room. Big frothy tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors more pronounced. Gentle smokiness.
7/5/7/4/14 nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Tap. Dark opaque reddish-brown with a tan head. Full, but subdued smoky aroma - bitter notes of almond and a little sour like unripe grapefruit. Good beer. Had it with duck that came with a bourbon sauce and it held up nicely. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil on 9/14/07: Pours an opaque black with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate malts. Body starts full, sweet and dark malty with a hint of tart balance and dark fruits. A nice porter with a slightly out of character tartness, but it seems to mesh well here.