Gachupines (1252) - USA - JUL 18, 2010
Black with tan head, aroma is malty with smoke. Flavor is sweet with a smoke backbone. Tasty but there’s better smoked porters. jgb9348 (6433) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Rich deep dark brown body with a thin tan head. Aroma of smoked peat, roasted malt, nuts and a bunch of burnt sugars. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavours with nuts and a touch of caramel, and a mild taste of peat and smoke comes through near the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol and sugars, with only a mild bit of smoke and a touch of earth as well. Overall, a good and complex beer, showing a lot of sweetness and even more alcohol - I thought this was higher than 8%! I sampled this beer on draught from Ironhorse Taproom in Washington on 16-July-2010. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Beer pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty, with subtle notes of smoke - not overwhelming. Enjoyable porter, alcohol balance nice. sloth (2929) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Small brown head, short lived, minimal lace. Black color, brown edging,faint ruby hues. Aroma is roasty, lightly chocolatey. Wheres the smoke? Medium bodied, lightly oily, gentle carbonation. Flavors of roast, chocolate, licorice, bandaid notes and a hint of meatyness. Lightly sweet finish, roasty and a bit chalky. Meh. Bomber procured @statelineliquors. JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle sample (several, actually) at the smoked beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/8/10. Black pour with a thick tan head. Malty aroma with lots of chocolate, some dark fruit and subtle smoke. Chocolate and sweetness on the tongue first, then a bit of smoke before a roasty finish. I haven’t been a huge fan of their big bottle series, but this one is very nice.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 9, 2010
22oz bottle. black under a small tan head. fruity tobacco(not smoky) aroma with raisin and fudge flavor of ash tray and raisin, plummy fruity sweetness and tootsie rolls. lightly soured. palate seems jumbled between watery and chalky. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Almost completely opaque. The beer is black and has a wispy head. Slight sweet chocolate aroma; this beer is lacking the smoke aroma I thought it would have. However, this is a slight roast aroma, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that it is lacking in the "smoke department". Little bits of graham cracker that poke through. Not very much smoke coming through but there is a smore-type flavor coming through i.e. chocolate, graham cracker, and a slight chocolate flavor. Overall, a fairly lame beer, in terms of smoke, but there are some nice flavors here. Let’s just call this a "stout" and this will be good. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours an oily opaque with dark mahogany edges and a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with a touch of smoke. Starts with pretty good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate malty sweetness with a piny hoppy balance before a sweet dark chocolate finish. Could use a little more smoke flavor, but is still a good strong porter. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Bomber. Black with red with thin tan head that lasts. Aroma is big burnt coffee and chocolate with background sweetness. Flavor is similar with licorice and all syrupy. I’ll buy this again. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with a short, dense brown head. Aroma is smoke, dark, roasted malt, burnt cookies, caramel, and coffee. Taste is delicious! Smoke is there but not overpowering, dark, roasted malt, rich coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and earthy notes. Body is medium-full with a moderate, creamy carbonation. Ends with more smoke, roasted malt, burnt coffee, oily coffee beans, dark chocolate and caramel. Nice stuff!