ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
CASK at O’Brien’s. I was disappointed by a non-imperial beer that didn’t taste particularly smoked. Only a mild grainy alcohol on the nose. Flavor is of their regular porter minus the buttery texture. Smoke is very mild, like the ten-year old bottle of Rogue Smoked I had recently. No chocolate, no coffee, slight roast. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Aroma throws a light dusting of volcanic soil, stained wood, and hickory char. Rustic, but very quiet. Dark black-brown, with a good half-inch of soft, creamy tan soap. Flavor starts off really slowly, with a quiet chalky tone of cream, caramel, and ash. As it warms, the incredibly minimal smoke character evolves as a bit of white ash and not much else. Overly refined. I want much more smoke. That said, the soft, fuzzy porter that lays below is delicate and nice. A good melange of darker flavors and a sweet backing. Crisp. I like the porter, but not the smoke. Finishes clean and lingers in some hop oils. Alcohol way down. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Date: January 26, 2009
Source: Taco Mac, Metropolis
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: rich dry chocolate aroma with lots of woody hickory smoke character
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of earthy smoke, touch of peat, just enough sweetness to balance the earthy smoke and bring out the chocolate, long smokey and bitter finish
Overall: a wonderful big smokey porter in league with the big dogs
Date: June 26, 2009
Source: brick store
this beer still kicks ass even on a hot Georgia night sitting by the bottle cooler spitting out waves of heat
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Pint at Zeno’s, State College. Dark brown, light brown head, lasts and laces. Subdued smoke in the nose (no campfire or smoked meats, but some smoke presence), chocolate, and roast. Surprisingly balanced between sweetness and roasted, darker, burnt flavors. Very rich on the palate, quite viscous. Alcohol not apparent in nose or taste. A solid effort. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 5, 2009
On draft at EBB. Pours a dark cola with a medium light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of cola. Leaves a charred aftertaste.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Draft at Gingerman. A good day to be drinking smoked porter with all the snow outside in March. Great amount of smokiness in the nose with a strong alcohol burn. Flavor is even more boozy, almost to the point where you can’t taste the chocolate or cocoa. Disapponting. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Draft at Binny’s South Loop. Pour a nice, deep black/brown, small fluffy head. Nose is rich and chocolatey with a little smoke in the nose. Taste is nice, big and rich with the smoke complimenting the Porter body and tastes of chocolate and grains. A very nice beer. j12601 (11943) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a deep black with a smallish brown head which deflates quickly. Smoke, port, stone fruit, toasted malt and. Medium to thick mouthfeel, enhanced by the light creamy carbonation. Slightly sweet, but with a good amount of roast. Lots of slowly developing smoke on the finish. Really good, and a couple steps above what I usually think of for SN. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
16 oz. pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Black body, not quite opaque, with a lean, beige-colored head.
Smell: Aroma of roasted maltiness mingled with notes of chocolate and industrial-grade smoke.
Taste: Roasty, blackened malts with a charry smoke component and taste of unsweetened chocolate stirred up with licorice root. Nominal sweetness throughout. Small hint of fruit. Negligible but noticeable alcohol presence. Medium-low bitterness builds as you near the drying, smoky, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: SNISP is a bit above medium, both in terms of body and carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s likable. Mostly, it’s just nice to see Sierra Nevada releasing a new beer that isn’t just another pale ale of IPA. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Tap at Barcade: Dark brown with dark khaki head. Lightly smoky nose with more chocolate character than anything. There’s a touch of sweet peat in there, and perhaps a milky note. Slick creamy body. The flavor has a dense malt character with only mild smoke, more lean peated character with some cocoa as well. Not too sweet, with a light roasted note. Decent, just a simple solid Porter, and not smoky enough!!