ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2010
WBF. My Favorite FS beer. Aroma is smokey, chocolate, and heavy roast. Flavor is more campfire than smokey meat. Light chocolate and coffee. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2010
I’ll celebrate my 1500th rating with a local. On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. Pours a dark brown but is pretty thin looking. Nice foamy dark beige head. Nose shows huge hickory and smoke, as well as nice nice meatiness and a bit of the sty. Taste is big on the hickory smoke as well... not as much porter malt action as hoped for. Overall, it comes through a bit one-dimensional, but luckily it’s a dimension I can live with. Looking forward to more from this creative new brewery. freekyp (2466) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Interesting take on a smoked beer, with smoke fully in the forefront, and little actual beer character. Not bad, but could use some malt backbone. Softly carbonated, pours dark brown with very little head. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Amazing smoke beer. Great aroma of a wood bbq pit with a drak and burnt color to match. Taste was still somewhat sweet but with a good rauch balance. zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Growler direct from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Huge hickory smoke on the nose with faint dark chocolate in the background. Smoke is obviously present and consumes the palate providing an almost velvety feel that reminds me of standing near a campfire. While some smoked beers have a smoked meat flavor (sausage, salmon, etc.) this one is pure smoke. For some this may be too harsh but as I got used to the intial shock I became more infatuated by this beer. Per the suggestion of the brewery and its commercial description I chose to try this paired with Eastern North Carolina barbecue. I agree that this is the perfect pairing. When paired with barbecue the subtle smoke from the pork is in perfect harmony with the hickory smoke in the beer. Whether BBQ is your thing or not this is worth seeking out.
RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pre-filled growler picked up at Sam’s in Durham. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that fades to a persistent halo. No real lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky, roasted chocolate malt. Taste is VERY smoky, nice signature hickory flavor. A bit overly sweet, like maple syrup. But a nice nuttiness on the end. Very smooth mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry. Very easy drinking. Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
From Beerilicious iphone app: Nice beer. Great with some dry rub ribs. Make sure you are in the mood for a smoked beer and you’re good to go HourGlass13 (1097) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Dark brown in the glass. This is beyond very smokey, it is liquid smoke. Not much flavor beyond that. A very interesting beer, but not easy to drink. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Draft @ Tyler’s. Aroma of beef jerky. This is a light bodied, easy drinking beer with a lot of smokey goodness balanced with some nice malt base. A session smoked porter? Sure! beerme31 (707) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Had on tap at brewery in spring 2011. Dark brown with full tan head. Strong smokey aroma, resin, pork bbq. Full body and flavorful malt, mild sweetness. After finishing felt like I ate dinner as I was no longer hungry.