Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour winds up an unimpressive flat cola. Aroma is stellar, complex, an immediate favorite: smoke, soy sauce, slight vanilla, woody, nuts, dough, clove, and more. Could spend hours getting lost in these aromas... like a scotch. Taste is somewhat unbalanced as sour and bitter overpower but still very enjoyable. Super slick mouth feel gives way to a lingering bitter finish. WOW! Will buy again on the reg!
GenDV138 (6688) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 bottle. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of sweet smoky wood, roasty notes. Tastes of smoke, wood, roasty notes, dark chocolate, malt. Medium-full body with a dry finish.
jtclockwork (15590) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste of smoke, chocolate, toasted oats and dark sugar - medium body
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is lacing and just a few wisps of lacing are left.
3.5 S: Hmmm. This is interesting, but I can’t decide if I like it or not. Sweet caramel is at odds with the smoke forming a "sweet smokiness" like smoked pork with sweet sauce. Chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and a light nondeScript fruitiness.
3.5 T: The taste is like the nose and again I’m not sure what to make of it. Sweet smokiness, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and reasonably creamy. Good enough here.
3.25 D: This seems to have more Deschutes influence than Great Lakes and I think I’d like it more if it was the other way around. It’s no bad, it’s just not for me.
★ 785 characters
DavoleBomb, May 09, 2014
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color with a small beige head that goes away quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Very sweet flavor driving to a slightly hoppy finish. Thick body and low carbonation.
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Clear dark brown, thin fizzy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of strong smoke, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is caramel, stone fruit, smoke, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very nice.
GriffDaddy (112) - - MAR 15, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite style. Also, I kept this about six months too long in the cabinet. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Might have been beige, even. Kind of malty, kind of roasty, light chocolate, light coffee, light body. Mild bitter at the end. Tepid smokiness, I tried, just not my thing.
AWISLguy (2749) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Antioch Fine Wine. Very dark brown pour, with a bit of a tan head. Aroma had sweet caramel, some choc and some smoke. Taste is caramel, some brown sugar, light molasses, and some meat smoke. Medium to full bodied, with some alcohol. Finishes more sweet than bitter. Decent brew, not stellar. 13.7
douglas88 (8746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. A big sweet malty smoky flavor. Dry earthy. Solid. The base porter is fairly robust with light sugary sweetness, nutty at times, mellow but nice smoke.
slowrunner77 (11023) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"A little sweeter chocolate and caramel character than expected and a little less roasted barley and coffee. The smoke is done very well. Medium bodied and smooth, especially at 9%."
rollsrace (81) - - SEP 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Combo of Great Lakes and Deschutes. Tasted on 3/28/2014. Got for $7.27 per pint. It’s a superb blend of Black Butte Porter and Edmund Fitzgerald, with roasted smoked malt. Not too chocolate, not too coffee, not too much smoke.