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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark, rich and smoky…this classic porter is brewed with 63% German smoked malt and makes a perfect after dinner (or anytime) sipper for those who love a "bigger" beer. Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 Great American Beer Festival® for best Smoked Beer in America!

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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jzzbassman (1594) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Thanks to mjames for sharing this one. The middle of 3 smoked beers, this one was the least impressive, as it really seemed subdued. The aroma was decent, if a little muted, like a campfire from the day before. The smoke in the flavor just seemed artificial, and lacked anything beyond that dimension; like drinking a sip of liquid smoke. The thin body made it hard to pick out anything else.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Original Rating (7-3-8-3-15): Smoke and roast play together nicely in the nose. Opaque black body with low tan head that recedes to ring. Licorice, smoke and roasted malts with a chocolatey sweetness in the finish. Medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBSG’05.
Rerate (8-3-7-3-14)=3.5): Huge smoked campfire aroma. Clear brown body with low but lasting tan head that recedes to partial cover. Smoked malts are strong with underlying biscuity malts and some dark, roasty bitterness. Dry, medium body with pointy carbonation. Bottle sampled at DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
A sort of ho-hum porter, with a very faint smoke flavor way in the back - the high carbonation makes me feel like I’m drinking a cola that they forgot to add sugar to - overall not a very great experience.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
Aroma:chocolate and smoke.... Appearance:Dark brown,good head.... Flavor:light smoke,sweet chocolate flavor....

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Sample from 22 oz bottle (I think) at RBSG Montreal. I’d been detecting smokiness in a couple of beers just before this...maybe it was karma? Yay, a new smoked set in front of me, my first in how long? So with joy I see a thick, dark oily body with little head...the nose give less enjoyment, smoky-meaty yes, but also cardboardy and too dry...chocolate, dry roastiness in the body, which is rather thin...becomes fairly sweet and rather syrupy towards the finish, light smoky bitterness apparent throughout but cannot save this average-at-best porter from the forgetfulness of Morpheus...

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Lightly bacon-smoked without a hint of sweetness, somewhat disturbing swampy smell as well. Bland appearance: dark, reddish-brown body with a big-bubbled, yet very small amount of head. Flavor is better than the aroma in that the flavors blend well, yet it is still quite thin, with only a hint of the fullness it could have had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2005
First smoke beer I’ve ever had and I’m quite impressed! This one is not characteristic of other porters in that it is crisp and has a light body along with the campfire smoke flavor. It is dark brown and has the characteristic long-lasting beige head (little lacing on my pour, though). The chocolate and full-roasted malt flavor doesn’t exhibit itself until late in the experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 22 oz long awaited bomber. Nice and dark with a smallish head. Smokey aroma. Taste is thin bodied that starts out with a lively mouthfeel. I like the effort but no where near any of the great Smoked Porters. I guess this won gold at GABF last year but what they turned in is no way the same beer thats in my bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Aroma: smoked fish, some cream, roasted malts, and some cinnamon
Appearance: dark brown-->black, cream head, little lacing
Flavor: slight smokiness and some cream
Palate: very thin, not very robust, kind of like a soda texture

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Midnight black with slight ruby tinge on the exterior of tulip and an aggressive, tight head. The aroma is dominated by salt-cured meat with some smokey notes underneath. More bacon-esque notes in the body, with a bit more liquid smoke flavoring coming to the surface. Really unlike other smoked porters I’ve had, but good in its own right (unless you’re Kosher of course).


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