Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2005
This is very good. It reminds me of the Alaskan Smoked Porter, except that I can actually buy this one here and for a reasonable price too ($3.99 for a bomber). I sat outside on a nice evening and drank the beer while smoking a very well-aged La Gloria Cubana Wavell Maduro, a very rich tasting cigar that would overwhelm most beers, but this smoked porter held its own and the two were a perfect match. A good introduction to a smoked beer for someone who has never tried one - there is enough good porter in here so as not to overwhelm the uninitiated. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours a dark brown, small light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, milk chocolate. Flavor is coffee cooked in a metal pot over a woodfire in the wilderness. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Poured from a bomber per Dave. Thanks Dave! The beer pours to a dark brown body (nearly black) with a light tan head. Decent lacing. The aroma is smoked meat, coffee, dark chocolate malts. The flavor is more of the dark chocolate flavors with smoked malts and coffee. The palate is decent but nothing special. I really like this beer. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Dark chocolate and smoked ifsh aroma. The flavor is less assertive. Weak coffee, dark malt, peachy smoke and some bitter hops. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Not quite opaque dark brown, good-looking light brown head, lasting a while. Gentle malty nose of a rather sweet nature, let’s say brown chocolate rather than dark and a very mellow peated malt note. It feels rather balanced though, but is very thin in mouth, with moderate carbonation. Almost salty finish, with the roastiness and smokiness joining their hands. The smoke saves it let’s say.
jzzbassman (1638) - 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. tiggmtl (4544) - 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.notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
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.
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. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
Aroma:chocolate and smoke....
Appearance:Dark brown,good head....
Flavor:light smoke,sweet chocolate flavor.... muzzlehatch (4970) - 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...