Roonai (305) - - OCT 10, 2013
bottle shared by deyholla. pours near black w grey-brown head w minimal lace. nose is bitter and dry chocolate malts, some peat and faint hint of smoke. taste has a very clean smoky roasted malt. deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a bit of dark grains with a good amount of roast and just a hint of smokiness. Flavor starts with creamy dark grains that are quickly taken over by roasted malts and a bit of smokiness. czar (9250) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
pours very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. smoked semi-sweet roasted malts, bacon and umami-like flavors, roasted nuts and fruits, coffee, no vegetal character which is nice. moderate carbonation, medium to full body, some sweetness, bold grassy-spicy-resinous finish. somewhat almost balanced too. warming, never boozy. good. dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
A mostly still black beer with a short short head. Aroma is a smoky with some burnt malt. Excellent balance of smoke and smooth creamy roasty malt. Another great one. Thanks a lot tommy for sharing! jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2013
500ml bottle in a snifter. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little coffee, a little smokiness, a little bit of dough, and floral hops. Flavor the same with a nice combo of dark and smoky malts. Smooth texture. A really good beer.
madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
6th August 2013ineedbeer (2203) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Smooth soft palate, semi dry. Sweetish dark chocolate. Obvious smoke, but smooth and not acrid. Light citrus. Smooth finish.
Bottled January 2013.
Aroma is fairly malty with lots of dark chocolate and roast along with a smokiness that really compliments the malt. Hints of sweet caramel along with some raisin, fig and prune. I cannot really nail the smoke but it definitely isn’t peat and has more of an alderwood or cedar character.
Pours black with a fairly thick, creamy looking dark tan head. Head recedes slowly but steadily leaving moderately high lacing and small legs. Head does not recede completely but lingers in the middle and along the edges.
Flavor starts with nice sweet dark chocolate notes and light roast. As it progresses you pick up more smokiness in the flavor. Only slight fruit notes, mostly raisin, plum and cherry. Finish has medium low bitterness with some lingering dark chocolate and smoke. Roast is more prevalent as it warms. Only slight alcohol notes. No hop flavor. Sweetness dies down as the taste proceeds.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp but also slightly creamy somehow. The astringency is low but present due to the smoke and there is medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice beer. The smoke character is unique but not overpowering and instead rather complimentary. It has a really nice mouthfeel achieving a silkiness while being crisp. It could perhaps have a bit more dark fruit character but that might clash with the smoke. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle (1/2013) thanks to Jstax....Nose is nice smoke, chocolate, smoked meats, campfire..Taste is nice chocolate and smoke, toffee, bacon, spices, sausage, .. Theydon_Bois (20132) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Jack’s Farewell Tasting, massive thanks to Leighton for yet another slice of Vermont’s finest, 06/08/13.
Very dark mahogony brown with a moderately sized tan head.
Nose is roast malts, light smoked gammon, dark toffee.
Taste comprises roast malt, light brown sugars, dark fruits, raisens, dark chocolate.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry finish.
More solid work from HF. Scopey (15260) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s Farewell tasting, big thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, coffee, salted caramel, ash and rocky road. The taste is roasted malt, cocoa, cola, fruit cake, toast, ash, touch of smoke, chocolate gateaux and rocky road. Full body and fine carbonation. Well-integrated flavour and rather tasty stuff.