Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of cpeat, roasted malt, boozy, caramel, molasses, raisins. Tastes smoky and roasty with some chocolate, complimentary coffee, some bitterness. Nice rich velvety mouthfeel. Excellent. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2008
12 oz bottle: Aroma has chocolate, malt, burn aromas, a bit of smoke, and maybe some dark fruit. Appearance is deep dark black with a medium sized fluffy tan head that lingers. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, light subtle smoke notes, somewhat creamy, but doughy as well. Palate is lightly sweet, bitter on the lips at first then the aftertaste is light and a bit smoky. Overall, Pretty good. Like eating a piece of chocolate cake with a little bit of smoked flavor in it. Cheers! JoeMcPhee (10131) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2008
Pours pitch black with a thick creamy dark brown head. Aroma is pretty nice, although not all that smoky. Very rich full aroma. Heavily cocoaish and chocolatey. Nice rich roasty character and some lingering rich cocoa. A light smokiness, but it is quite subtle. A hint of milk chocolate and a sweet brownieish/cakey sweetness. Very rich oaty texture. Roasty but not astringent. Fairly tasty brew though. It’s a pretty solid brew. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle: (Thanks JoeMcPhee!) Very dark pour with a deep brown head. Richly roasted aroma- dark cocoa, espresso, dark caramel/toffee-like malt sweetness is also evident. No smoke though. Mildly carbonated with a leaner palate than expected. The flavor has some bitter cocoa, licorice and a mild smooth liqueur-like quality. No smoke is detectable, only in a roasted espresso form, and perhaps a wood note. Nice malt character without too much sweetness, but needs more smoke. Still a solid Stout. lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle in trade with ford9719. Thanks dude!
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Pours a dark and oily black with a rich colored and short lived tan head. Smell is sweet and dark roasty malts with a subtle yet noticeable smoked presence. Taste is pretty rich, chocolately and roasty, but smooth and with low bitterness. Full flavored roastiness followed by a nice soft smokiness that doesn’t overwhelm the beer. Medium to slightly rich mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lingering dusty dark chocolate flavor along with light smokiness. Pretty nice.
12 oz. bottle thanks to a trade with yem25. Pours a dense black with a thin, sudsy dark brown head that completely vaporized after the first sip and left no lace at all. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and chocolate with just a trace of smoke. I honestly don’t think I would have picked up the smoke in the aroma had I not read it on the label. The flavor is mostly roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and again very mild smoke. The smoke becomes more evident in the aftertaste and lingers briefly beyond the swallow. Full bodied. A decent stout, but its restrained flavors are a little disappointing. Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle shared with GMCC2181, Thanks. Black pour with nice head. Aroma was nice, mild smoke, roasted malts, and chocolate. Taste is similar with a nice smooth finish. A well balanced smoked brew by Dark Horse. GMCC2181 (1617) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle from stfun, thanks josh. Dark in color decent head. Aroma was smokey.... and roasted malts. Taste was the same. Smoke, chocolate and roasted malt and blended together very nicely. Texture that was oily smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one. Thanks josh! esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Brown to black with a large brown slowly fading head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt and mild smoke. Taste of malt, both roasted and sweet, coffee and mild smoke. For it being considered a smoked it’s not that smoky, which is why I probably like it more than I thought I would. It’s smooth, rich and sweet with mild lactic qualities you’d find in a sweet stout and finishes up mildly bitter. Good stuff. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Summary: Excellent chocolate-bodied stout, more ashy than smoked. Aroma: Dark fruits and chocolate, full bodied, stokes the anticipation. Appearance: Black, deep brown only at the edges, a few bubbles of head. Flavor: Strong mocha backbone; caramel, vanilla, and bourbon sparkle through at the front, some roast malt in the middle, turning ashy in the finish. Palate: Thick and smooth, with a dusty finish.