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. malrubius (2859) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Rating #600. Growler from Big Z in pint glass. Black with thick brown head and full lace. Mild robust chocolate fruit and mild smoky aroma. Dark chocolate roasted coffee dark fruit and mild smoky flavor. Medium-full body and medium low carbo. Rich and luscious, creamy and robust, just not smoky enough. Even if smoke doesn’t dominate the flavor, which it shouldn’t, it should be strong in the nose (IMHO). An excellent strong porter, but not as good as the best smoked porters like Alaskan and Stone. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Growler from Big Z. Hey malrubius, good seeing you again. Poured opaque with a copper edge and long lasting large tan head. Lacing and a ring of head lasted for 20 minutes as I drank the first glass. Nice amount of smoke shows first in the aroma. Roasted malt with a mild-moderate sweetness. Notes of unground coffee beans. Chocolate with a light fruit. Smells a little like those Chunky or Cadbury bars. Mmmm...Chunkys. The flavor was a smooth mix of smoke, roasted malt and chocolate. Dark chocolate rides out the finish. Mild bitterness and maybe a little hop at the end. Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. More warmth than I expected. Cybercat (5741) - 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. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
Big thanks to notalush for sharing this bad boy. Pitch black beer with a very creamy tan-brown head. Aroma is lovely, sweet cocoa and rich smoky aroma. Soft charry/roasty flavour as well. Chewy and sweet but it’s not sticky or cloying. Rich smoky sweetness, cocoa and lovely bitter finish. Rich and smoky flavour with great integration of the smoke and the dark malts. More stout than porter, but no matter what you call it, it’s plenty tasty.
Magjayran (1378) - 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. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Dark brown color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is nice and smoky with a bit of meat, roast, and campfire plus chocolate. Flavor is a bit meaty and quite roasty with some coffee and chocolate in the background. Really nice smoked porter that I hope to see a lot more of. bhensonb (15093) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Tap for Sacramento Beer Week at Swabbies on the river. Pours black with a tan head. Barmaid was shocked at the pour. Aroma is some smoke over smooth chocolate and malt. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, very smooth burnt malt, and there’s always a light wood smoke. Never noticed coffee. This is not over rauched. Just enough. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Growler from Big Z - shared with a few folks - dark brown, nearly black, with a clingy, lasting, soapy, tan lace - wonderful balance of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and woodsy campfire smoke in the nose - smooth, creamy mouthfeel - starts off medium chocolate sweetness, followed by dry cocoa, tobacco, mellow but present smoke, and damp charred wood - loads of bittersweet chocolate in the finish, with a nearly tannic quality that rounds things out really nicely - long lingering smoke in the finish - this is a very nice beer. LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Growler from Big Z. Pours black with a small chocolate colored head. Aroma of light smoke, smoked meats, rich roasted malt, and some bitter chocolate and toffee. Flavor is sweet smoked meats with roasted malt in the background. Slightly sweet, but very rich too. Nice bodied. Ok, it’s not my favorite smoked, but it’s pretty damn good.