slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"750 bottle and cork at Sierra Nevada. Renamed Audition (maybe pre-production?). Pours a near black with khaki head. smells great...malted chocolate, a hint of coffee, licorice, and a decent dose of smoke. Smooth medium-full bodied. Taste is roast, chocolate, smoke in the finish, and a bit of anise and coffee. Well rounded and delicious!" jackl (8301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. Brown pour with a small head. Deep earthy roast. Plenty of chocolate and coffee, ash. Taste is similar. Supple dark chocolate. Baked brown bread. Robust malt character. Oily. Nice, simple. J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle I was lucky enough to score at the Sierra Nevada gift shop. Starts off with a sweet molasses nose and some fireplace smoke. Nearly opaque with a deep brown/black body that only shows some ruby color at the edges of the glass. A surprisingly thick and enthusiastic medium brown head that hangs around to the very end. Immediate charred malt and smoke flavors hit the tongue that approach a Rauchbier smokiness but don’t cross into the bacon range. The sweetness that seemed apparent in the aroma isn’t nearly as obvious in the taste. There’s just barely enough molasses and dark chocolate sweetness to balance the smoky char and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Speaking of bitterness, there seems to be a pretty good hop component present that adds an earthy, slightly vegetal component, but there’s so many heavy flavors here it’s hard to distinguish what’s what. The sweetness does seem to build a bit towards the end and as you drink it, leaving a lightly sweet milk/dark chocolate flavor rattling around in your mouth. In another surprising turn, this is actually fairly easy to drink and not palate wrecking. Another nice addition to the Audition line. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle shared by the Sierra Nevada rep at the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a deep brown with a medium beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Notes of smoke, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, and toast - fairly subtle overall. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty, smoky mouthfeel. Very nice smoked porter. deyholla (12038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a bit of smokiness with roasted malts and dark grains. Flavor has a nice smokiness with dark grain and roasted malts as well as a touch of chocolate.
Drake (14062) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #136. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of smoke, raisin, herbal hops, olive. Taste is smoke, raisin, caramel, stone fruit. Medium bodied. alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared by the SN rep at RBWG. Pours a reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, a nice meaty smoked character, dark chocolate, a splash of dark fruit, brown sugar and some earthy bitterness to the finish. Nice surprise to see this. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! I can’t believe how many one off bottles exist from Sierra Nevada. Yeah, this brewery rocks, so I’ll snatch up everyone I can find. Dark brown, red color. Near black, but clear around the edges. Thin khaki head. Couple dots and ropes of lace. Good smoke, dark fruit in the nose. Light creaminess. Moderate sweet, light bitter aroma, good savory. Bigger body. Good, smooth, creamy lighter carbonation. Awesome imperial smoked porter. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Black/brown pour with tan head. Aroma is smoke and coffee. Sweet chocolate, smoke, and coffee.Medium body with good carbonation. nice beer Leighton (22059) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy beige head. Dark malt nose, good smoked meat, chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with rich smoked meat, moderate baking cocoa, dark sugars. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lingering smoked malts in the finish, some dry chocolate, mild earthy bitterness. Solid.