leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
Smells like coffee, sweet throughout, nutty, caramelized, and roasted flavors. JaBier (8112) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pint at one of the Calhoun’s locations. Pitch black pour with a huge tan nitro head. Malty and chocolatey aroma with some roast. Chocolate and creamy sweet malt flavor with a dry, roasty coffee finish. What a dry stout should be. Best beer I had from them. AndyW68 (1579) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Black with tan head. Aroma is coffee with sweet cream and dark chocolate. Taste is the same. Nice dark chocolate bitter bite. shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Damn I like stouts! Deep black with a nicely laced, though flirtatious light, head. Tastes of chocolatey hops with a bit of coffee dancing about at just the edge of sensibility. I could stand a bit more alcohol in it, but otherwise, a pleasure.
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2015
This is an awesome beer. Great looking dark brew with a nice tan/white head. Boozy... Yes! But, this is the best beer that smoky mountain makes by far. Enjoy.
elcig (37) - Oliver Springs, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2012
From tap at Calhoun’s, Kingston Pike. Pours a nice dark brownish, black with a lovely creamy, tan head. Aromas have a nice roasted coffee, chocolate note in addition to a lovely hint of sweetness. Roasted characteristic really follows through in the taste as the malt flavors come through finishing with a nice dry bite. Overall a very nice pint! muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Finally I get this beer! After so many things going wrong last year that prevented me from ever trying it, I now have it in my hands. Draught, pours opaque black, with a two tone dark dark tan/brown head. My God, that is truly a beautiful pour. The aroma is still pretty nice, lots of coffee and roast. Flavor is almost watery at first, but the coffee and roast comes in, and finishes kind of like dark bitter coffee grounds. Shag (3027) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2011
This poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma contains some malted milk balls, chocolate, and espresso. The flavor is rather bitter with a strong coffee punch but also some rich chocolate flavor. The palate is what holds this back from being world class IMO. NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 draught. Well, before I talked to the brewmaster about this beer, I was basically expacting just another textbook nitro dry stout. Mr. Vellas informed me that he intended for this to be more of a foreign-style stout and my curiousty was piqued. This is a very attractive beer: black with the lovely rolling cascade which leaves a surprisingly dark tan, lasting head. The aroma is densely chocolate with a bit of black coffee and tree bark in there. Brown trout possesses a creamy mouthfeel along with rich, sweet chocolate and woody bitterness thought it finishes on a slight chalky, cola note. The head, though, leaves some very tasty bittersweet, smoky chocolate on my lips after every sip. This was a very pleasant surprise, especially given this brewpub’s other offerings. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2006
[update April 2, ’07]
Ah, the brown trout is back. This is definitely this brewery’s best offering in my opinion. Smells pretty good with hints of rich coffee, vanilla wafers, bittersweet baking chocolate. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy. Unlike their porter, the flavor on this stout follows up nicely to the aroma. Flavors of dark chocolate brownies and dark roasted coffee come out. This beer could use more oomph, either in the way of malts or some more pronounced bitter notes, but it walks the line of true greatness.
[Feb 27, 2008]
Pours very dark brown/red with a nitro head. Rich chocolate and almond suggestions abound. The bitterness is appropriate and is represented mostly in a coffee/baking chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and plenty of nuttiness is present. This is easily my favorite offering from Smoky Mountain.
[September 8, 2008]
Pours really dark with a huge dark tan head. Nitrogen is in full swing here and makes a perfect pour a no brainer. The aroma packs lots of roast, huge nuttiness, and black chocolate. For some reason, I can always tell a giant difference in flavor on the head. It’s sweet and milky, very creamy sweet. The body is bittersweet with very much dark chocolate, roasted wood, and coffee. This is far and away the best beer at Smoky Mountain.
Draught at the PF brewery. Pours opaque black with amber at the very extremities, and cascades to a well-formed brown head that laces beautifully. The aroma is clean and roasty with some hints of mocha. The flavor is very chocolatey at first, then moves on to nuts and roasted malt, and culminates in a dry, slightly ashy finish. After a few minutes, coffee tones become increasingly evident. The mouthfeel is smooth and dense. Definitely the best offering from this brewery, and probably of East Tennessee.