bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2006
"Poured a dark brown with a nice head, lacing didn’t last long. Smeeled of vanilla slightly smoaky. Tasted of chocolate and roasted malts and smokey, hint of vanilla. Creamy." hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Sampled from Growler courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown color with a very small sized head. Aromas of smoke (not overpowering), chocolate and vanilla, Tastes vanilla, light smoke, dark fruits, and chocolate. I never would have guessed this one was 8.3%. Creamy body. My ratings for this climbed as I drank more and more (I couldn’t get enough). Very good. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing his growler with me...
Appears a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head and a nice tan collar. Decent lacing is left behind.
Smell is of sweet lacto sugar and slight chocolate and smokiness that fits in well with this beer.
Taste is exellent, if not the best smoked(imperial) porter I’ve ever had. Chocolate with cream and a touch of smoke.
Mouthfeel is excellent with the carbs flowing perfectly through the mouth.
Drinkability is kick ass. Best beer by Brian O that I’ve had in a long time. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 5, 2006
A very nice dark brown to black appearance with mahogany edges and a nice head. Lacing was only momentary and followed the surface as it was consumed. The aroma was smoky and I couldn’t pick much else up (hey, this is called the fire bringer, after all). The flavor was certainly smoky, somewhat like a rauchbier, but there were also roasted malts, light coffee, and alcohol present (it almost wanted to be vinous, rather than a coffee/chocolate overdosed stout/porter). The mouthfeel was heavy, but the consistency wasn’t like motor oil, just heavy on flavor and fullness. I enjoyed this one, as it didn’t overpower with the smoked-ness. DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Draft at Sly Fox Phoenixville. Served in a 10 ounce tulip/snifter glass. The beer arrived with a dark brown color that appeared black to the naked eye, but my last sips showed some dark brown color. The head was minimal and light tan colored. Complex aromas of roasty, smoky dark malt greeted me, with chocoff, oak, bourbon, figs, and molasses apparent also. THe flavor was roasty dark malty, with mid-palate molasses, prunes, black licorice, chocoff, and a subdued rauchy element. The palate was on the dense side with a complex, well balanced finish. This one got a little hot as it warmed. It reminded me a lot of Weyerbacher Heresy with a rauchy element thrown in. Alaskan smoked porter is more balanced and less rauchy, but this one has more oak/bourbon/vanilla flavors. Very well crafted, unique, and quaffable for a beer of this size.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
almost opaque, deep mahogny color with almost no head at all. aroma of chocolate, burnt toast, smoke, and vanilla. the smoke sits behind the sweet chocolates and the vanilla, and they all meet together at the end in a very nice blend. a creamy mouthfeel gives it a great finish, with the chocolate coming back and taking over the aftertaste.abv is no where to be found in this excellent brew. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Draught @ Brewery: Smells a bit roasty, and a little of alcohol, with some sweetness, but mainly aroma of smoke. Color is deep brown/black, clear. There is really a minimal head, which is off white. No lacing. Flavor is mainly of smoke, though lightly sweet with choclate and vanilla notes. Full bodied and a little thick. Lasting malt finish. Easy to drink. At 8.3%, too easy. Overall, a different, but great, smoked porter. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Picked up a growler of this from the brewery. Poured almost black at first site, but as I held it up to the light you could see it was more of a dark brown with some amber. Head was light tan and left some lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, also picking up some lactose and smoke. The feel was smooth and creamy. The smoke was up front but not over powering. Was also picking up some coffee, chocolate and some darker fruits. One of the best Porters I’ve had. Great job Sly Fox. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12.10.05 Growler from egajdzis’s personal keg, RLB YEHA - 05. Dark brown with small but lasting tan head. Aroma is a mild showcase of peat and smoke but with an unusual squash thing going on (as if someone had gutted a pumpkin right beside me while I was sniffing the beer). The squash aroma is not at all bad, just completely unexpected. Flavor is mildly roasty and plenty smoky. One of the more rustic peat smoked beers I’ve tried, this is a bit rough around the edges, but a delight overall and something I’d certainly seek out if it was ever bottled. Excellent balance, great beer. It’s a richer, less bitter, more English take on the same beer O’Fallon has made...or, at least, it’s in the same class. egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 Poured an opaque black color with a small, light tan head, and left very light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla beans, dried fruits, and faint smoked meats. Taste of chocolate and roasted malts, burnt wood / smoked meat taste all over, and light vanilla as well. No alcohol was detected, and it provided a very creamy / full mouthfeel.