maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Holy sweet Jesus. I’m glad I found this one. It reminds me more of an imperial stout than it does a Smoked beer. Pours super dark and thick with a minimal head. Not overly smokey, but good roasted flavors and smells to it. Super easy on the palate, which makes for an amazing drink. Cybercat (5828) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Rich aroma is smoky with strong tones of sweet chocolate, molasses and quality coffee and hints of licorice and caramel. It pours a warm deep brown with a fairly thick fine-bubbled tan head. Delightful, smoky flavor has tones of caramel, chocolate, toffee and molasses with a bit of coffee. Texture is silky smooth and on the thick side, and leaves a nice tingle. dhartogs (1) - Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011 does not count
One of my favorite offerings from Heavy Seas, not as smokey as the name would imply but a top end porter. I’ve had it on draft and bottle and have a few in my cellar. If you like Porters this is a must try. dlovell2 (2128) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Poured black with coffee colored head. Sweet roasted aroma with caramel notes. Roasted malt flavor with caramel and chocolate flavors. Not really picking up any smoke but still loving this beer. Great Porter. rajendra82 (1092) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
The body was dark brown and opaque like almost every other porter around, but this one had a pretty big tan colored head too. The smell was sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, and very mild smoke. The taste was fantastically smooth, with lots of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and a smoky finish. The mouthfeel was velvet like, and soothing to the maximum. Very impressive offering from a brewery that usually does not entice me enough.
Patrickctenchi (6585) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Pours black with a dark tan head.
Scent is dark fruit, smoke, chocolate.
Taste is sweet, rich malt, roast...
Not too much smoke, but exceptional, smooth, balanced notes and flavours.
Great, just plain great. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Firkin at CAH last night. Had 2 points of this one, and it was nice. Dark brownish black pour with off-tan head and great lacing. Nose is rauchy chocolate malt, dark choc, raisins. Tastes of heavy choc malt, well inbtegrated rauchy raisiny notes, some backup hops, and a very velvety and smooth palate. This one is stellar. daknole (11047) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Nearly black with a nice brown head. Super mix of chocolate, molasses, smoked malt and roasted malt. Flavor is oh so smooth, chocolate, prunes, smoke. Delicious. Dorwart (2588) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Good sized brown head of very fine and dense bubbles. Nice chocolaty aroma with some malted milk balls, roasted grains and lactose. I don’t detect much smoke in the aroma. Color is a very dark brown. Yummmm! Super smooth and creamy in the mouth. More chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of smoke. Very subdued. Light alcohol presence. The smokeyness lingers for a while at the end. A very good porter. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2010
THOUGHTS: Nice smoked beer, but nowhere near as smokey as I like my smoked beers. I guess I should actually say nice porter. It went down very nice. So nice porter and decent smoked.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with slight red highlights and a large, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee; along with chocolate syrup and light smokiness. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and ever so slightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was smoke, chocolate, a little coffee, some more smoke, then bitter coffee and caramel. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy, but also a oily with fizzy carbonation and a smokey, if any type of, finish.