axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
This happens to be my growler of the day. Pours very dark mahogany, almost black with some beige head lacing. Sweet nose. Flavors are very sweet. Chocolate and smoked peat dominate the taste. Very well crafted brew. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Thanks to egajdzis for providing a growler to sample and later hooking me up with a growler to take home. Dark ruddy brown body with a minimal, oily light tan head. Medium intensity peat smoked malt in the nose plus some sweet chocolate in the background. Also has notes of tobacco and toffee. Restrained sweetness and a nice blend of flavors including some great licorice character. Alcohol is amazingly well-hidden. A good, subtle smoked beer with just enough smokiness to titillate and plenty of other characters to make it a really nice beer to drink. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Russet. Light-beige head dwindles into a wispy ring. Subtle aroma of anise, nougat, and chocolate glaze. Highly understated smoke. Touch of diacetyl. Soft, restrained prickles of carbonation. Thick and oily body. Gritty punch of roast is quickly deepened by a sharp roast and a tannic dryness. Tight anise notes mesh beautifully with the alcohol, which is heavily spicy, but hardly overbearing. Smoke shows lots of restraint, but with this much balance and complexity, who’s complaining? Heavily peaty and sharp with medicinal phenols, however. Fresh plummy esters supply plenty of juiciness to the otherwise dry and crunchy elements of the roast. Silky and oily milk chocolate and tar-covered licorice flavors abound the senses while a wonderfully mellow and fluffy smoked nougat expression sustains the center which enhances the silken malts. Dainty kiss of acidity and Crystal dryness embraces the multilayered malt decadence and underscores all the lush richness. Remains both chewy and dry in the finish, with a dry roasted wood and alcohol mixture linked with chocolate and caramel doused grains. Only complaint is the diacetyl in the aroma, which hides much of the enticing spectrum of malts. But the complex flavors along with the silky and oily texture more than make up for it. An outstanding version, even if smoke isn’t the key component. Thanks, egajdzis. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Growler at Ricklikebeer’s YEHA ’05 thanks to egajdzis. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Mild roasted malt aroma with some smoke and a little chocolate. Flavor of woodsy smoke was strong on first sip, but mellowed out after that and allowed the other flavors to emerge. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, with almost no taste of the fairly high alcohol content. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4-10-09......growler from Phoenixville location...dark dark brown with ruddy hues...very small beige head....sweet smoky flavors.....simple yet very palatable...a smoky aroma with a hop hint....drinks easy and smooth a taste of coffee and roasted malt....this is one balanced beer!
vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Dark pour with light brown head. Smokey, roasted coffee, and chocolate with some alcohol. First good one at BT. obxdude10 (2392) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Very dark brown with a slightly reddish hue, creamy & thick brown head, lots of notes of coffee & cocoa in the nose & the body, slight burnt flavor as well, very well-rounded, very warming beer as well, I couldn’t cool down the rest of the evening after this, excellent porter
j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Mini-growler from Half-Time. Pours a deep dark black with a medium sized dense light tan head. A little boozy on the nose to start, but backed up with a lovely smoked malt presence. Thin to medium body, light sweetness, a touch of smoke, and again, the faintest touch of alcohol. Finishes with a good amount of smoke, a light bitterness, and again, more alcohol. Still pretty solid, and the alcohol presence doesn’t distract much.
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
On tap at Sly Fox Brewery. Pours black with minimal head. Fairly smoky up front, but smoke flavor diminishes by the time you get to the bottom of the glass. Tastes like a fairly standard porter - roast, some chocoloate, moderate bitterness. Somewhat thin bodied. Overall, a good experience. alobar (3967) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and smoke. Very creamy mouth feel with a flavor comprised of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and smoke More smoke as it warms. Very nice brew! One of the best from Sly Fox.