mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
bottle: pours black with a tiny bubble brwon heasd that quickly diminishes.. aroma is chocolatey and roasted with hints of smokiness, a thick toffee malt in the background also. flavour is smoke chocolate and a nice roast flavour that all blend together well to make a god smooth drinking stout a touch of maolases seems to linger around finishes nice and a real treat to tdrink. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle, nice job Dark Horse! Pours black with a small diminishing brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, mild smoke, a touch of chocolate and some coffee. Flavour of mild smoke, coffee, chocolate, some fruit and a mild hop finish. Medium to full bodied. This is very easy to drink and a very pleasant Stout. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of wj94. Pours a viscous black right out of the bottle with no light penetrating. With an aggressive pour, the head was a small, dense mocha that dissipated almost immediately leaving almost no lacing. The smell had only a hint of charcoal and hickory smoke in the background and was more heavily skewed to the sweet side with roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fruits. The taste is sweet up front with the chocolate malts and dark fruit before giving was to the smoky finish which lingers through the finish into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy with very little carbonation and just sticks to the inside of my mouth. This is a drinkable but robust stout that I really enjoyed. BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottle thanks to miketd, thanks man! Poured a thick black color with a thin tan head that receded to a ring. Aroma of smoked malt, chocolate, roast, and a hint of coffee. Sweet entry with hints of chocolate, molasses, and a hint of woody vanilla that transitions into a moderate roasted coffee flavor ending with a nice smoked malt presence. Smooth on the palate. Overall, better than I expected, and a fine offering from DH. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
This beer pours DARK, really really dark, with a reddish-tan head. A lot of smoke in the nose, some chocolate. Taste is fantastic. Rich, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, and a smokey finish. Thick luxurious mouthfeel. I picked this up kind of as an impulse buy as it was next to the register, but it turned out to be the best beer I bought that night.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle into pint glass. One of the best looking pours I have ever seen - a black oil pour with a great dark brown head - thicker pour than expected. The aroma is very chocolaty - dark milk chocolate - with a vanilla backbone and a coffee finish. Aroma is very full and rich with a complexity of subtle aromas that linger between these. While the aroma is dominated by chocolate, the flavor is dominated by roasted specialty malt and coffee characteristics. Bitter dry hops on the finish that work well with the bitter coffee notes. Medium to full bodied on the palate and decently coating; smooth with very subtle carbonation. Overall: this brew took me a bit by surprise; it is unbelievably good, but a bit confused. I am not getting much smoke and would definitely characterize this as an Imperial Stout and not as "A Smoked." Either way it is a must try. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours dark brown near black with a small bubbly espresso colored head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, roast and hints of smoke, wood and coffee beans.
Sweet upfront taste, molasses and chocolate with notes of roast and a slight coffee finish. Not really sure where the smoke is? Like a smoother less complex version of expedition stout. Quick bitter finish. Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth body with very subtle carbonation. Yum, super easy drinking. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
Black in colour, thin but lingering tan coloured head, some light lacing. The aroma is lightly roasty, good amounts of smoke, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavour is lightly smoky, some sweetness, very malty, good roast, more dark chocolate. Lightly sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes a little thin, smoky.DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
While there is good amounts of smoke throughout this beer, its seems to be lacking in body. No noticable alcohol.
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with HogTownHarry, thanks Harry.
Opened on February 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours one of the blackest colors I’ve ever seen in any stout, absolute pitch black with a medium sized dark brown, bubbly head. Aroma is chocolatey, malted milk balls, fairly roasty but surprisingly not that smoky. When I look for the smoke I can find it but if I didn’t know this was a smoked stout it wouldn’t have jumped out at me in the aroma. Flavor is chocolatey, pretty much just chocolate actually. It’s nice and good and leads to a chocolatey finish. Not much smoke detected in the flavor either. Surprisingly dry, certainly dryer than I expected it to be. For my tastes it could use a bit more viscosity or creaminess. Searching for the smoke I do find a bit of a BBQ flavor but it is certainly subtle, just like the aroma. Overall this is a quality stout. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2008
The Dan Journal #201. Tasted 7/10/08. 12oz bottle. Pitch hue with a khaki head. Oatmeal and fudge aromas. Hints of dark chocolate and a touch smokey. Full bodied with a slight cherry, berry estery malt character. Good roast with hints of dark chocolate and moderate smokey flavor.