bhensonb (15745) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma is smoke. Not bacon. Just aroma of wood smoke. Med body. Flavor begins sort of cola, then it’s pleasant wood smoke. Very mellow smokey finish. NikkTwist (3341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 Draft at Monks. Poured nearly black with a slim dark tan head. Dark and smoky. Very well blended. Smooth. Tobacco. Rotted fruit (in a good way.) Raisins. Like a burned Barvarian Village (in a good way :p) Sweet malty flavors but a dry creamy finish. Strong, potent and worth a try. BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by Maniac. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is smoke, roast and coffee malt, earthy and woody hops, prunes, figs, and dates. Flavor is malt dominant, smoke, dark fruity esters, light alcohol and a dry finish. Full body, high warmth, and medium carbonation. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by maniac: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a rich sweet smoky nose with some dark caramel and chocolate. Starts with good fullness and earthy dark malty sweetness with some dark fruity complexity. Finishes drier and bittersweet with good lingering smoke complexity and bitterness. sonnycheeba (6342) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of beige head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, earthy hops, plums, and dark cherries. Flavor is malt dominate with supporting hops and dark fruit esters; dry, smokey finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Pours nearly black in color with a tall tan head. It’s certainly smokey. There is quite a bit of roasted malt and a touch of salted nuts. Pretty simple and straightforward aroma. A light sweetness on the palate; some toffee and a bit of chocolate to go with lots of roasted malt and smoke. There is a slight alcohol flavor in the background. frybeer (50) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Dark brown pour, coffee foam color thin head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Smokey chocolate raisin flavor. Dry smokey finish. Ratman197 (15350) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2012
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, charcoal, bakers cocoa, roastiness and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, bakers cocoia and light licorice with a smooth lingering smokey finish. scantron (63) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
April 6, 2012: 9.4% abv; 500mL bottle, cellared, BBD: 26/09/2014; rock glass.
Aromas of dark chocolate,leather, booze and some sweet notes of dark fruit. This just makes me thirsty. Pours black. Deep tan head about 1/2". Pretty viscous looking stuff. Initial tastes of espresso, smoke and a very smokey jerky. As it warms, there is very evident dark chocolate and light fruitiness, as well as a mild herbal aftertaste. Silky and full bodied with a very light carbonation. This is some nice stuff. Overall, pretty delicious. This is my second go-around with this beer and it is still a bit too smokey for my taste. Though honestly, it’s a smoked stout. The light dark fruit tastes are great, though. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours a solid black with a coffee color head. Aroma is nice and smokey without being super BBQ. Taste is surprisingly thin. The smoke is their but to me, this is not an imperial stout by any stretch. Enjoyable but does not taste of 9.4% for sure.