superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt and moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, peat, herbal, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, roast, wood smoke, peat, herbal, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor robustness and solid complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; with a nice smoke flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial smoked porter. Good balance/robustness and solid complexity of dark, roast, and smoked malt flavors with light-moderate yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. wchesser (2162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
Lightly reddish brown, a bit thin. Sweet wood smoke nose. Nice fruit tree like woodsmoke (cherry, apple) and maybe some spicy mesquite. Sweeter than most smoked porters, which worked well to keep this from being too astringent and one-trick. Liked this more than I expected but I really can’t do smoked beers without food. Atom (2594) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2014
On tap at red cow, pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Campfire and smoke peat aroma, meaty with some oat. Taste similar to aroma, smokey and meaty with an underlying sweetness. Not bad. Concealer (1278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bomber. Clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head, lasting on the side and some lacing. Aromas of smoke, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate.Flavor is caramel, chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, and some earthy grain notes. Medium bodied. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle, picked up at Captain Jacks in Bismarck. Chestnut brown in color, sort of muddy and topped with a light beige head. Nose is smoky, more smoke that anything else. Faint chocolate. In the first half of the bottle I picked up more smoke than chocolate, but there is a role reversal as it warms. A bit of floral hops too. Pretty smoky, but approachable. It’s a sweeter, campfire type smoke; not the burnt bbq kind of smoke that gets harsh. I had no problem polishing this off with dinner and quite honestly could see putting down 2-3 pints over pizza with good company. For me, that’s not always the case with a smoked brew.
zoucrew102 (2240) - - MAR 30, 2014
Bomber. Good smoky aroma with hints of sugary sweetness and dark fruit. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and very little lacing. Starts sweet with brown sugar and dark fruit. Finishes smooth with a good but of peaty smoke that lingers on the palate. Nice, well balanced smoked porter. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pours a deep brown topped with a modes, fast fading tan head. Arom has a lot of smoked peat and burnt wood notes. Light notes of caramel malt help to cut through some of the smokiness. Aroma has some deep scotch notes to it. Flavor begins with a modest creamy malt sweetness with toasted malt notes combining with light chocolate and anise. Slowly the flavors transition to a deep smokey peat presence with some light cigar tobacco flavors. body is hefty with a light sticky feeling and some alcohol presence. Overall a well crafted beer. The smoke holds its own within the beer but doesn’t dominate the nose or flavor. Very tasty beer! Sarlacc83 (2437) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Purchased awhile ago.
A: Mahogany with a fluffy creme colored head. Nice legs.
N: Peat moss, campfire, char, cocoa, vanilla, iron.
T: Very smokey and bitter. Some sweetness.
M: Medium-heavy. Slides around pretty well. Alcohol’s hidden.
O: A good porter, though it’s not quite the body to be labled an imperial, in my opinion. Alcohol’s there, but it’s not as thick as it could be. And since it’s heavy on the Islay elements, I can’t imagine a non-Scotch lover enjoying this overmuch. I appreciate it, but it’s not mind-blowing either. EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Good carbonation and lacing. Aroma is of extremely smoked meat and roasted malt. Tastes sweet at first but finishes with a smoky meat taste. Had hoped for something better. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2014
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to malrubieus for sharing this during a small tasting. Having tried the Great Lakes version I can’t decide which is better. Neither is a stellar smoked porter. At the same time it holds your interest long enough that it is no drain pour. Ultimately though I would rather settle for an Abyss or hop driven Deschutes release instead.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid reddish black base fills the glass with warmth. Carbonated and lively, it is capped by an ivory head and decorated with sheer legs. Smoky like a ham curing in a Scottish barn this is a blend of bacon and peat. Chocolate lends a dry feel to an otherwise unremarkable aroma.
Flavor / Palate - Ham and peat are strong from the first taste. Ash floats along as the soft mouthfeel works its way to a dry finish. Overall an inoffensive beer this lacks any major flaws. By the same token it also lacks a wow factor. Instead what you get is a respectable beer which might be worth checking out for fans of either Deschutes or Great Lakes.