wchesser (2042) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 canít do smoked beers without food.
Atom (2347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (1242) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 (3516) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Itís 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, thatís not always the case with a smoked brew.
zoucrew102 (1727) - - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 doesnít dominate the nose or flavor. Very tasty beer!
Sarlacc83 (2201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Alcoholís hidden.
O: A good porter, though itís not quite the body to be labled an imperial, in my opinion. Alcoholís there, but itís not as thick as it could be. And since itís heavy on the Islay elements, I canít imagine a non-Scotch lover enjoying this overmuch. I appreciate it, but itís not mind-blowing either.
EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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 (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to malrubieus for sharing this during a small tasting. Having tried the Great Lakes version I canít 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.
bluejacket74 (1972) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, best by 4/29/14, 9.1% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch light tan head that sticked around a little while. Thereís also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, roasted malt, butterscotch and some peat. It tastes like smoked malt, peat, coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit (plums). Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little creamy and has low/moderate carbonation. I think itís a tasty brew, and would buy it again. Definitely worth trying at $6.99 a bottle.