Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
The pour from the caged and corked 750ml bottle is deep brown to black in color, the head a nice chocolate brown, as it erodes, and the lace forms a thick and glutinous curtain that obscures the glass. Start has a rich deep burnt grain aroma, hints of hops and malt, a bit of smokiness also present, Top is light to moderate in feel, and the finish has a good hop presence with a pleasant acidity, fairly dry and a nice Porter overall. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
My Bottom Line:michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Smoked almonds decorate the healthy evening roast in this masterful, nourishing Imperial Smoked Porter. Surely one of Left Hand’s greatest achievements.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the brown-sleeved black.
-The body is full and beautifully firm.
-Malts develop more than roast and smoke; coffee, dark chocolate and nuttiness even celebrate.
-The only thing left to do is to have a taste-off with Bièropholie Grand Chef. Oh, and buy lots of each.
-This is not good because it’s big and intense; it’s great because every flavor is well calculated and ingeniously integrated.
Bottled in 2006.
750ml Bottle: Aroma of smoke, bacon, and wood. Poured dark black in color with a medium-sized tan head that lasted throughout. Small lacing. Opaque. Flavor of smoke, chocolate, malts, and bbq sauce. Medium body. Average texture. Soft carbonation. Smokey finish. Overall, very smoky, but nothing else. hopdog (12575) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoked meats, campfire, with some roast, chocolate and earthiness. Real nice smokiness. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, and roast. Light to medium alcohol finish. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Draft. Very dark in color. The aroma is all smoke - Mesquite. This beer definitely is too smokey for my palate and tastes. I had to fight to get through this one. I see it has a large following, however I am not one of them.
jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Dark mahogany colored beer out of the bottle with a brown foamy head. Rich, campfire smoke nose. The smoke flavor dominates the beer, with lots of barbecue, campfire and honey glazed ham flavors. Chocolate, caramel, burnt toast and alcohol all play under the smoke. Really nice smoked beer. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2007
25oz bottle. shimmering motor oil hue. it’s got head for days! aromas thick of bacon fat, bbq pits, hickory chips, and the oak monster. it’s big, it’s smoky. taste? heavy, thick bbq pit smoke, roasted and almost toasted burnt toast, black coffee; it’s big. major smoke all over the palate and finished off w/ rich unsweet chocolate. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
750 ml bottle shared at Andrew’s bachelor party. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Smoky nose, wood bacon and that "campfire" surrounding it all. Chocolate, smoke, molasses, and a light sweetness are all balanced really well. A touch of alcohol and a medium body. Of all the beers i tried warm, left over, out of the bottle the next morning this was the best. I guess it was those smoked flavors that bacon that made it good for breakfast. I kinda want more now just thinking about it. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
Black colour with a light brown head. Smoked, light sweet aroma with fruity notes. Malty, coffee bitter flavor with a balanced skoked note. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 26, 2007
At the Palm Tavern with Jeff- Dark brown color, light brown head. Nose is chocolate, a bit of smoke, dark fruit. Cocoa powder. Sweet malty body, well balanced and sweet upfront, finish is dry, alcohol is well hidden.