SturmWulf (65) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Poured a very dark color with a robust smoky with chocolate, touch of coffee aroma.
Very nice, thick creamy head that was brownish-tan. Head covered till gone. Great lacing. Slightly sweet smoky flavor with chocolate, coffee and malt.
Full body, soft carbonation, creamy thick texture, with a quick dry finish. This was a real pleasure to drink. It is a personal award winner to me. I will definitely add this to my favorite rotation. I used a stein on this one.
5on1 (22) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Mouth feel is like sitting next to a campfire. Pours a dark black with a 2 finger beige head. Very malty with a great smoked finish. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2006
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, praised 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured black with mahogony highlights with an average light brown creamy mostly diminishing head.
Smelt of moderate roasted coffee and smoked jerkey.
Taste was upfront strong bitter smoked meat taste accompanied with a light dark chocolate taste followed by a moderate bitter dark coffee bite that lingers. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily and coating with a watery dry finish, lively to soft carbonation, with a light astringent feel.
Overall, all aspects are strong enough AND balanced. It could perhaps use a bit more mouth weight (for cold winter nights), but then that could throw off the balance. Definately happy with this beer as it is. It reminds me of summer time barbecues and campfires, and wintertime fireplace sessions. A classic. T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Absolutely loved this beer. Poured from a 12-oz bottle. It poured pitch black with a nice tan head. It had a smokey aroma of coffee, chocolate and a slight nutty smell. Taste was well-balanced of roasted coffee, cocoa and caramel with some sugary aftertaste. A very nice smokey flavor which was just perfect. Cybercat (6015) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Smoked indeed! Aroma has firm tones of burnt fragrant wood and quality roast coffee, with more than a hint of molasses but no sweetness. It pours just a whisker this side of black with a thick and fairly persistent beige head. Mouth-filling flavor is smoky, mainly high-quality roast coffee with a touch of burnt wood and an undertone of molasses with a sweet hint. There is also a whisper of caramel. Smooth flavor is quite fizzy and lively, leaving behind a strong and pleasant tingle. Recommended.
MarkSachon (1044) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
12 oz bottle. This was very nice and a unique experience that bears repeating. Don’t miss it! mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 I never really had a smoked beer and I liked it. Wierd as hell but the Guiness meets hickory fams was right up my alley. BBQ’s should stock this stuff. Anyway it tasted like food and that is not a bad thing at all. Unique to me. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2005
10.12.05 Bomber, must be a 2005 because the label mentions the 2004 GABF medal. Deep purplish mahogany brown. Small, fading light brown head. Aroma is lush and smoky, woodsmoke, campfire with sugary marshmallow melted over the stones. There’s also a more unusual note of caramelized red bell pepper and brine. Huh. Very dry mouthfeel actually begins its astringency while the beer is still on the palate; nevertheless, the stuff is soft and coating. Smoke and roast are both mild, or maybe I should say not overbearing. Clean notes of coffee and the smoked malt is impressive. There’s a lingering chocolate flavor that is magical with the smokiness, it’s like an unspicy mole sauce. Finally a smoked porter that’s not so afraid of its smoke it has to hide behind bitterness. Really well done and balanced. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a blurb about the porter attached to neck of bottle. Made a good appearance, poured a opaque black coffee color with a large foamy tan head that settled into a thin, semi-clingy, bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a tasty, big, deep, smoky roasted malt nose, resembles a well made Rauchbier, with some nuttiness and burnt chocolate malts as well. A smooth, textured, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Complex tasting, a smoky, meaty taste upfront, a molasses sweetness creeps in towards the middle, subtle sweet spiciness, burnt chocolate flavors showing up at the end and a smoky sweet finish with the smokiness lingering in the palate.
There’s a reason why this is a award winner, tasty, balanced and just highly enjoyable. Your welcome Dan!
Gabemik (46) - Joplin, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2006
The smoke arroma came through right from the start. Pours with an almost black color topped bya tan head. Thin mouthfeel with toasty malt flavors and the overall cloak of smoke. I can see why this is an award winning beer.