bob12399 (4) - USA - AUG 15, 2001 does not count
this is my favorite porter right now........................................ williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2009
The appearance is dark brown; light brings a reddish tinge, akin to a dark brown ale. Head lasts a few minutes, then becomes a layer of thin film. Specks of lace.
Wonderfully deep roasted, nutty and smoky smell. Bready and dry. Slightly sweet accent of plums, but mostly roasted.
Immediate smoky flavor, similar to mesquite, followed by bittersweet malts. The mesquite become an accent and the roasted malts and sweet stone fruits take over. Really nice. Burnt cookies with warmth.
The feel is dry and ashy; sandpaper. It’s a very nice, dry porter. Smoky and rich. IPA (17) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Growler. Nice aroma with a slight smokeiness evident. Very smooth and drinkable with the smoke not being overdone. MattShizzle (617) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle - from sampler pack. Very dark. Excellent - great porter flavor and the smoke is only in the background - not overwhelming. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle sample pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Nose of smoke and toast, much more like a smoked bock than a porter, since I don’t see the malt character of a porter anywhere in here, but the nice thing is that the smoke character is real and natural, you can literally smell the kiln. Has a nice bite up front and a sharpness over the middle, again, like a bock. Overall it’s a delicious naturally wood smoked beer regardless of the missing or muted porter characteristics.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Growler: Clear ruby with a large creamy head. Smoked chocolate with some nuts, small bubbled, fizzy lively body. Starts and ends sweet with a weak ending. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells ofd roasty malt and smoky. Tastes smoky with some molasses and licorice present. Better than the imperial version for sure. bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Nice dark color. Great porter aroma with smoky notes on top. Taste is smooth with smoke not overpowering the overall taste. Best smoky taste beer I have had.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone nealblind (1965) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Red brown pour, tan head. Aroma smoke, caramel, roast barley some leather. Tastes smokey clean, peppers. One of the better ridge runner brews. Sorta light palate. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Light brown in color with ruby highlights and a small tan head. Aroma of mild roasted malts and smoked malts. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors,subtle smoke flavor with a dry finish.