john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017 dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2009, Parsons Green, London in July 2009 - Black in colour with Ruby highlights. Very Malty; smoked roasty/burnt malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel. Mild smokey notes. Fruity; dark fruits. Sweet malty with mild bitterness. (2009-07)
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Brewvival 2015 Trip #81. Keg at Brewvival. Pours near black with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong smoke, chocolate, mild roasted malt, vanilla and whiskey. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon and a smoky finish. Medium bodied, well balanced. slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Fantastic beer, very well balanced between the roasted malts, malted chocolate, light coffee, and smoke. The abv is high enough to give this beer a little heft but not at all hot. ajnepple (7338) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Tap n Handle. Black with a light brown head and lacing. Smoky malty roasted aroma, light spice. Similar flavor with a medium to full body and a smoky finish. Nice. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head and nice lacing. Burnt woody, dark chocolate, fresh wood, a bit smoky aroma. Burnt, smore, dark chocolate, woody, herbal flavor. Yum.
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2012
9/3/12. On tap at Kickback’s - 2009 vintage. Rich black pour with a nice kahki head that sticks forever and laces plenty. Rich ash, coffee, and a touch of fruitiness in the aroma. Rich ashy flavor as well with just a touch of smoke, sweetness, and roasted coffee. Nice! AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2012
BCTC bottle. 2 finger head, no lacing. Toffee dark brown appearance. Smell is smoked malts, some honey and campfire. Some nuttiness. Taste is sweet but the smoke dominates this. Hints of penny taste like copper. Hints of charcoal and birch wood. Sweet on the back-end. jbardin (169) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2012
On tap at churchkey. Super smoky nose. Flavor is more muted, the nice porter under the smoke comes out. Very nice.
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Tap at CK. Decent mocha foam pour atop near black. Savory nose with dark cherries, subtle sausage, licorice. Taste is rich with baked black cherries, dry wood tannins, tangy acid, moving in the finish to a bit too much maple and brown sugar sweetness. Right on the edge of being too cloying. Smoked character is quite muted for style. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draft. Clear dark brown body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked meat, some caramel, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some smoke, light bittersweet chocolate. Medium-full body, some stickiness.