hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown color iwth a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of lighter smoke, roast, and chocolate. The smoke was not overpowering and added a nice spin on the aroma. Tastes of chocolate, roast, vanilla creme, and a trace of smoke. Body on the thin side. DIdn’t knock my socks off but was still enjoyable. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler. Pours a deep dark brown with a smaller tan bubbly head. Aroma of chocolate, some smoke, toasty malts, nuts and some fruitiness. Flavor of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of smoke, some cocoa and on the dry side. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
22 oz handbottle, via Dickinsonbeer. Pours a clear dark brown body under a moderate foamy brown head that faded to a whispy film. Aroma is a nice balance between the chocolate malt and the smoke. A little light roast and smoked meat as well. Flavor is certainly more Porter than Smoked, especially up front. Nicely roasty and chocolaty with some moderate bitterness. Finishes with some moderate campfire smokiness and more roast. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice soft fine carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. Overall, this was a nice beer. Glad for the chance to try this guy. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Roasted smokey aroma on this black pour with a mocha head. The flavor is of coffee and roast, with a certain sweetness to it. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Molasses colored pour with a very thin light beige head. Looks just like maple syrup. Wonderful sugary and sweet molasses leads in the aroma. Also noted are chocolate, berries and smoke that is at a substantial level but totally complimentary to the rest of the nose, never interfering with my efforts to assess simple and light nuances. Sometimes I really enjoy the addition of a smooth and mellow smoke component, like what I get in Stone’s smoked porter. All this seems to meld together into one solid aroma. Sweet but not the least bit overdone, I like where this is going. Moderate smoke in the flavor, a level of which is akin to what you might sense in a less agressive Islay single malt. Also moderate hops, honey, orange and lemon on the back side. Bitter chocolate and medium roasted malt. Palate is medium and very soft, though never exciting. Smoke slowly builds to a signifigant level. Finishes medium dry and mildly bitter. A truly great porter, with a less than stellar climax. This brewery is on the top of my list in early 07.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Big thanks to Puzzl for sending this as a bonus. I farking love getting growlers. Maybe it’s because I can’t buy them in Florida, but growlers just seem special to me.
The aroma is lightly smokey with mild chocolate notes and more abundant coffee asspects. I’m very much not a smoked beer lover so if you are this may not be your beer (aroma wise) because it isn’t at all too smokey for me. It’s not the best smelling porter in the world either, but it’s not a BBQ pit.
The body is a ruddy dark brown and the head fades fairly quickly leaving a thin tan oil slick-looking head. The fore is smoked, but lightly so and then you get a fairly decent porter with chocolate, coffee, roast and a fairly robust alcohol level that while not glaring, braces the beer nicely. It’s actual somewhat subtle int he way the smoke accents the base flavor. It’s pretty well done in that regard, but then I don’t like snokey flavors so others may view it as lacking intesnity. I view it as fairly tasty and it has a solid mouthfeel, leaning more toward the thinner brown porter in thickness, but still maintaining an admirable creamy feel. Nice. ABUSEDGOAT (2820) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Tap: near black, solid lacing. Aroma is very roasted malts with light smoke. Roast, coffee, chocolate. Quite bitter from the malts alone. Medium bodied, not that exciting for a smoked beer. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2006
On tap at the brewery. Poured dark with ruby highlites with an off-white head. Aroma of some coffee and heavy smoke. Flavor has some acidity to it, a touch of coffee, and this overwhelming flavor of charred marshmellow. Smokiness doesn’t seem balanced at all. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this is way over the top. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 In short: A nice and very hoppy grassy blonde Belgian Alecrazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
How: >(Cask at Brazen Head) in nov 2006 (2.6/5) and tap at brewery dec 2007 (3.6/5)
The look: Black body with a medium tan head
In long: First pint on cask in 2006 had vegetable notes, ashes and even meaty notes. Obviously something went wrong with that cask because when I had it on tap at the brewery in dec 2007 this was a top-class Smoked Porter. Medium smoke on the nose. Nice flavourful roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Roastiness level is medium and leaves just enough room for light fruity notes and a distant Nutella hint. From my initial cask pint to the sample from the tap at the brewery this beer went from Lieutenant Lawrence Smoked Porter to Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter.
opaque black body thin beige head. Aroma was a mix of sweet malts and a peatiness. Initally the flavor was sweet molassas and mocha notes and finished with a smoky character.