Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 This is what I look for in a smoked porter. Dark black pour with a fingers worth of caramel colored head. Strong chocolate presence in the aroma with the unmistakable aroma of ash. Surprisingly this one is sweeter than I expected. Sweet chocolate and molasses flavors meld well with a bold smoke presence. Must get more of this before the keg runs out. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft at Taco Mac. Pours a deep, dark, almost-black ruby with almost no head (typical Taco Mac pour). The foam is tan in color and leaves spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet and vinous with maltiness with notes of chocolate, too. The taste has lots of chocolate, coffee, fruit, sweet malts, subtle smoke, and some alcohol. At mid-palate the beer is quite rich and wonderfully bittersweet. The finish is full and chocolatey. The palate is smooth and creamy. It is full in body and has a light tingle of carbonation up front that slightly accents the smokiness. Overall, a wonderful winter beer - warming, full, rich, and dangerously drinkable. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
A mishap pour on tap at binny’s south loop (chicago, il). Pours a nice dark pour, brown around the edges, largely opaque, with nice tannish head that dissipates down. Aromas are a touch smokey oak and peat, nice roasted malts, and a subtle sweetness. Initial is fairly full bodied, nice smokey oak character that doesn’t get in the way of the nice roasted malt, but takes some nice edge off of its sharpness. Nice maltiness, light smoke, full on the palate with nice aftertaste. Light sweetness mixed well wit the burnt and smokey malts. Nice, a touch one dimensional. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Poured a nearly opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked meat, burnt wood, and some caramel. Taste of of light cocoa, burnt wood, smoke, roast, and caramel, with some fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Growler filled at Big Z. Pours black with a moderate creamy tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left lots of sticky lace. Very pleasant aroma of smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt, wood smoke and a touch of chocolate. Rich, fairly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness at the finish. A very enjoyable smoked beer.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Draught at TND: Aroma of light smoke, light bamburg wood, light dark malts, and slight roasting. Poured very dark brown in color with a medium-sized, dense, light brown head, that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of chocolate, slight bamburg wood, roasted malts, and light vanilla. Medium to full body. Viscous, lightly dry textue. Average carbonation. Slightly sweet, malty finish. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Growler at Big Z. Poured opaque black with a thin beige head. Nose was intensely smoked with chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor was similar, mouthful on the mediun side. Kind of a crossover between a porter and a stout, but that is just mincing words. The fact seems to be that Sierra wants to stay current and is releasing new beers worthy of notice. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
tap at the maproom....close to black pour with redditsh brown edges and a silky light beige head... roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate in the aroma....chocolate, roasted malt, light on the smoke but still fairly noticeable. creamy mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. nice. Cybercat (6155) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Pours a rich opaque sable with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich aroma is smoky and has an undertone of fine roast coffee. Mouth-filling flavor is smoky and has a strong coffee undertone, as well as hints of toffee and licorice. Texture is pleasingly smooth and lively, leaving a roast coffee finish. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Tap at Earth. Pours a deep brownish black with a medium tan head. Aroma of lightly smoked malts, nuts, chocolate and toasted grains. Flavor of smoked meats, chocolate, roasted malt and even some hop presence.