bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Draft. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Malt and caramel aroma. Caramel/toffee flavor with light roast and very light smoke. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers. Not enough smoke.
Had this again (scores 8 4 8 3 17). Newer version has lots of bacon and smoke. Not at all the same nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
On tap at Rose & Crown. I really like where these Sierra Nevada guys are going with their recent stuff. Nearly black color with a two-finger tan head. Lots of smoke in the aroma, along with coffee and roastiness. Flavor hits you with BBQ smoke up front, then backs off a little bit leaving you with a nice roasted malt, coffee, and earth flavor. Medium-heavy body with a creamy palate. Not quite Alaskan Smoked Porter but close. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2009
Draft. Faint smoke and roast in the aroma, along with toffee, earth and a touch of sweetness. Dark brown-black color, head is tan and fine. Flavor matches the aroma pretty closely, with faint smoke in the background, coffee, sweet and creamy notes, toffee/caramel, charry wood, and some mild bitterness towards the finish. Low-medium level of effervescence, pretty smooth and largely dry with a medium-full body. Very easy to drink for the style, certainly doesn’t seem like an Imperial at all and the smoke is pretty muted, too. Overall, tasty, just not what I was expecting, I suppose. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
So easy drinking. Very nice. A hint of smoke but not overpowering. Nice roast and very good. Tap @ BT. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a dark brown color with a small light tan head. The head left nice layers of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was light roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor was chocolate, light smoke, and just the right amount of roasted malt. Medium body. Finish was clean with no lingering aftertaste. An excellent smoked porter. SN needs to bottle this bad boy.
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Light smokiness and some roastiness. Somewhat muted due to temp but really came around after warming. Flavor is roasted barley with a smokey swallow. Lingers nicely. Some chocolate and chestnut. Nice beer though not sure I would call it an impy. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
on tap Ginger Man NYC
Pours black with thin head. Smokey chocolate aroma, light meatiness.
Smokey coffee flavour with some bitter baker’s chocolate towards the finish.
Good balance. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Black, little head. Aroma was a very nice blend of smoky notes with a solid roasty backbone. Flavor matched, with a faint note of bacon present. Good stuff, the smoke was strong without being overpowering. Very well made, nice to see Sierra Nevada making stuff like this. Just not a huge fan of smoky beers. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a very deep brown, almost black body with a big, light chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of runny lacing. Aroma is not the big smoked smell I was expecting. Rather faint and subdued smokiness creeps its way into the mixture. Some unsweetened chocolate, lightly charred grains, and a good amount of wood. Some hints of breakfast coffee and licorice as well. Flavor is similar. Very mild. Lots of wood and unsweetened chocolate. More noticeable amount of smoke comes through and grows larger in the finish, but still fairly light. Some coffee and lightly roasted grains come in during the finish as well as a chalky chocolate linger. Semi-sweet malts throughout with no real fruit flavors except for a bit of licorice. Fairly rich with a medium to full body and dry finish. Overall, not a bad porter. I like the creamy, rich flavor, but if they’re going to claim this as an imperial smoked, I want more campfire. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2009
on tap at papago... poured a darker than usual porter color on the brown side instead of burgundy with a one inch tan head which wants to last but the ’stache destroys it. moderate drippy lacing.
the nose is full of buttery caramel, roasty grain, charred wood, chocolate, earth and faint mild sweet smoke.
the flavor is surprisingly quite woody... with yeasty notes/savory, caramel, roast, grass and a spiced almost bitter finish. alcohol shows up as it warms and the smokiness gets turned up a notch as well.
medium bodied. really creamy and smooth yet dry and ashy. nicely balanced mouth feel with a slight chalky texture.
it seems... restrained? 7/4/7/4/16/3.8