arn8897 (389) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Pours a deep brown to black with a light brown head. Aromas of malt and some caramel. Taste the smoke first. Then comes the malt and molasses. Nice smoked porter. Very complex flavor. Almost no hop taste. Light palate with lots of lacing in the glass. No alcohol burn. BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle poured dark cola brown with a small tan head and small lacing. Aromas of chocolate, mild smokiness, and coffee. Flavor is semisweet. magsinva (1241) - Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle - The smoke is forward which mixes well with the base porter. Not my favorite, but solid all the same. DiarmaidBHK (4797) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle from Appalachian Vintner. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Nice smoke notes on the nose. Nice blend of smoky and roasted malt. Finished clean. Itís a pretty nice beer. 60minuteman (1685) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle from WOB. Dark brown with small amounts of head and lace. Vanilla, oak, roast, smoke and malt in the nose. Drink. Itís sweet. Smoky and BBQish, toast and woods, vanilla malt balls and earthy hop. Interesting stuff but too dang sweet. It is super smooth. Could give it another shot. I canít drink overly sweet dark beers.
puboflyons (3405) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2016
From the 650 ml bottle Vintage 2016 with a best by date of 10/14/21. Good for five years! Deep dark brown pour under a long lasting, foamy light brown head. Smoky malts and sweetness are notable in the aroma. A little charcoal and maybe some raisins. The body is medium to full with a slight astringency. What a wonderful taste with those smoked malts tickling my tongue and a bold somewhat dry finish. The bitterness does not linger but it is warming. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Treated as an imperial smoked porter, this was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a good pace. Mild lacing builds around the rims nicely and adequately.
The aroma takes on the normal qualities of a smoked porter: some meatiness (maybe ham/bacon) and then thereís some salt, did they do this intentional? Me, I donít mind, but have to admit, thatís a bit different.
The flavor yields to the sweet to smoky meatiness flowing over a sly earthy/bitter hoppiness. Saltiness comes back slyly. Decent flowing meaty sweet sly stickiness flowing over my tongue, sly subtleties.
Overall, a very nice imperial smoked porter that I would love to have again, but not comparable to De Molenís Bloed, Zweet & Tranen or Alaskanís Smoked Porter. Donít get me wrong, itís good, but just not up there. Mrnoluv (353) - long beach, California, USA - DEC 5, 2016
The smell is hickory, molasses, sweet, the look is a very dark brown, almost a bbq brown. The taste is like drinking BBQ!!!! This is an incredible beer if you love smoked, hickory ajnepple (6479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2016
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at Hy Vee Wine & Spirits - Muscatine. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of smoked malts, roasted grain, light chocolate and hints of coffee. Similar flavor, adding moderate bitterness and mild sweetness. Medium to full body with a lingering smoky finish. Nice. DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Aroma - has a mix of iron, peat, barley, beechwood smoke, char, jerky meatiness, and slight very subdued herbal nature.
Appearance - the body is black, and the head is around 2" and khaki in color. The head hangs around for a while. There is good wispy lacing.
Taste - is rich with big, but pleasant smoke. The smoke is similar to what you would get out of fine German Rauchbiers. Iím assuming the smoke comes from a fine beechwood smoked malt - the subtle notes of that malt beneath the smoke appear to have some molasses, barley, and some herbs. Overall you get smoke, peat, a slight meatiness (a smoked county sausage), molasses, and a slight roast.
Palate - body is approaching the full mark, texture is somewhat creamy and thick, the carbonation is average, and the finish smoky, meaty, and the faintest touch astringent.