Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle at home, out of my Maudite glass. Brought back from a buying trip to Montana about a month ago. Pours a very clear dark brown, a very odd colour, perfectly clear, yet dark enough to be opaque - seemingly the perfect Porter color. Head is 1 finger thick at its peak, and is reasonably persistent. Lacing is average. Nose is wonderfully smoky and bacony, along with some light roast and milk chocolate notes. Flavours of smoky bacon, milk chocolate, nice roast, rather bacony, oak notes are not readily apparent, though there is a bit of vanilla to be had. Overall, a wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable brew, and in my opinion one that is too little recognized around these parts. NachlamSie (3641) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
16.9070114 oz. bottle from Ale Yeah! Pours out like cola. It’s a reddish, very dark color with no head and decent carbonation. The aroma is sort of sweet with notes of caramel, tree bark, a little chocolate. No smoke to speak of. The flavor is more assertive with underlying notes of wood to highlight the typical UK stout flavors. This is a pretty decent beer, on the sweeter side of stouts. The smoke can actually be barely tasted and it’s pleasantly sharp. Needs more smoke to be better than good. downender (9089) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle from Corks, Bristol. Cola coloured with a slight tan head and slight carbonation. Sweet dark fruit and caramel aroma with a touch of roastiness. Fruity flavour, with some bitter chocolate, ashy rather than smoky notes and a dry finish. Very good. notalush (6002) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Smoked? - nah, this is more like a Scottish ale and porter hybrid - dark mahogany pour - substantial head - nose is very traditional British porter - roasted malt, chocolate, damp oak, vanilla, even a touch of earthy sourness - flavor is very peaty and dry, with notes of intense roast and nuttiness - light vanilla and oak - the bitterness of the Goldings work really well here - peaty finish, with a touch of oak and very moderate acidity and sourness on the tail end - a surprisingly tasty beer from the maker of some of the shittiest Christmas beers on earth. Ratman197 (15866) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
500 ml Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott!) poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and mocha. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and light oak with a smooth lingering mocha finish.
cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle @ ratman, courtesy of doodles. Thanks Scott! Brown appearance with a tan head. Woody smoky, dark toffee, caramel aroma. Roasty, woody smoky, brown caramel malty flavor with a lingering smoky flavor. Great beer. eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Smokey bacon and maple aroma and flavor. Some chocolate and coffee, but the smoke character is wonderful. mbgrayson (825) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of smoke and oak. Taste is heavily of smoke , malt, and a little sweet. A solid, different type of porter. Thumbs up. drpimento (3913) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Not bad, not bad. Let this warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a medium sized tan head the mostly settles down quickly. Color is a very dark, clear garnet with bubble trails. Aroma is roasty dark malt, toffee, and a whiff of smoke. Flavor is similar to nose, only slightly sweet and cut through by carbonic tang. Body is decent and carbonation leans towards fizziness. Finish is like flavor, quite mild and medium in length. Session beer. DruncanVeasey (8643) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle with some late night BBQ. Ruby with muddied copper edges and a fine beige foam. Blackcurrant aroma with hints of liquorice and roast. More liquorice on the palate dusted with cocoa and toast scrapings. Soft lactic tones, wispy smoke. Good but I don’t get the oak.