esjaygee (3904) - 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. jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Excellent stout. Pours like oil and smells or raosty caramel. Very heavy mouthfeel and does taste very smokey. Try it with ribs. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Bottle courtesy of StFun. Pitch black pour with 2 finger tan head and oily lacing. Nose is smoky bacon, toasted malts and roasted coffee beans. Taste is charred barley, ash, coffee grounds and cocoa with a light smoky bitter finish. Alcohol is present on the backend. Medium, creamy mouth feel. A very good smoked stout. Thanks Josh! Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Poured a black baclk color with a dark tan head. One of the darkest heads ive ever seen actually. Aroma was very smokey with hints of coffe and chocolate. Flavor was also lots of smoke, almost to the caliber of East End Smokestack but with more wellroundedness with the nice bitter coffee flavor. This is great Stuff.
mmmbeer (1419) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
12 oz. bottle (from Bulldog Liquor- Big Rapids, MI) served in my longing stein- poured blacker than a bad night in Austin once you peel away the horrifyingly false facade, yet another one finger dark tan had formed and tried to steal my car. Aroma of a darkened malt, perkulated coffee that has been sitting warmed continuously for over 24 hours, and... (insert melodramatic gasp here) SMOKE. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, malt seems just a little too thin when compared to the other 3 that I have tried, bits of dark molasses notes in the middle are overpowered by SMOKE and cream, finish keeps going on forever like a brainwashed Obama supporter that just won’t learn to shut the hell up. Definition of irony for today- "The Blues" by GN’R came onto my player while I drank this. While in Texas. Yeah... sometimes you can never go home when you want to... TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 poured black and thick,with brown head lots of lacing aromas of coffee and smoke taste is of smoke coffee roasted malts and chocolate. a great american stout from a truely great american brewer of stouts NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle from the Piggly Wiggly. Deep pitch black, touch of brown at the edges. Tannish head. Nose has very little smoke in it, I guess it’s due to it being peat smoked rather than hardwood. It is a pretty nice stout, at any rate. A touch tart and acrid, but very smooth. Not overpowering. Pretty decent, but no smoked... rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle via Secret Santa. Thanks! Pitch black, very dark brown head. Nose is roasted marshmallow/burnt sugar, rich roasty malt, some inky darkness that I suppose is smoke. Flavor is more of that burnt sugar & roast, good toffee, light but present smoke, a twinge of hop. Long bittersweet slightly smoky finish. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and cream. Pitch black hue with a small fully diminishing tan head that left no lace. Flavor is salty, smokey, and creamy. Palate is soft and full bodied. Very nice and rich brew. Great aroma and great flavor. Best of the series.