GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2016
May 9th, 2014 - We come to the end of another line of tasters, finishing with the grim and portending Bellowsman. But I thought about it a second and realized I didn’t know what a Bellowsman did in the execution of his job, so I looked up a definition, and found none in the regular, mainstream lexicographical venues. So, we proceed, finding the name to be mysteriously compelling, even without knowing what it means. Dark and quiet, it sits in the glass with an icy stillness, slowly unraveling a scent of flourless chocolate cake, and touched with just a hint of spiciness. The flavor is the same, deep and unctuous chocolate veins running through the taste, and little kicks of cinnamon and all-spice dotting the experience. This is a wonderful grand finale, and while the name be orphaned from its meaning, the beer stands by itself. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2016
On tap 4 oz. flight at the Brew Project in San Diego, CA.
Opaque, brown-black with a brown head and very good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and smoked meat.
Taste of lightly smokey roasted malt, caramel, roasted coffee and smoked meat at the finish.
Medium body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2016
(En fût à la brasserie): Cuir, mélasse, tabac et un assaut boisé, fûmé, cendré mais pas abrasif à cause des sucres en support. Pas vilain mais un peu lourd et sirupeux. SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Poured at the brewery. Dark with a tan head. Strong smokiness in both the aroma and the taste. Nice bite on the tongue. DuffMan (10667) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
On tap @ Societè in Miramar. Dark brown, copper highlights. Nice combination of campfire smoke and fruity dark caramel. Quite nice.
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pitch black and opaque without any trace of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Very good retention with the ring lasting for the duration of the pour. Sporadic splotchy lacing left behind.
Robust and smokey dark malt aroma with strong smoke/Rauchbier character. Lots of butane, campfire, ash, charcoal and smoked meat but it isn’t overpowering letting the roast and sweeter dark malt notes come through. Kind of like a chocolate shake with liquid smoke thrown in there. Roasted dark malt presence with dark chocolate, oatmeal, burnt toast and coffee bean countered by silky dessert like sweetness. Really complex with a really nice balance.
Lighter body and not as complex as expected. The smoke is still there but is way toned down from what was in the aroma. There’s still some charcoal and ashtray but it lacks complexity and depth of flavor. Also, the roast is somewhat faint with spent coffee bean and oatmeal. Not as sweet as expected either with hints of chocolate, some lactose and tootsie roll. Kind of disappointing after how impressive the aroma was. blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted and lightly smoked malts, light sweetness, mild toffee, and mild bitterness. Pretty good. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
On tap at the brewery. It pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head. The aroma is super chocolaty and smoky with some toasted malt and some gaminess. The flavor is smoky and dry with some roasted malt and tobacco. Lots of dark chocolate and tobacco in the finish. Yum. TylerGreenDC (1058) - - MAY 2, 2015
Draft. Aroma of coffee. Flavors of roasty cocoa. Body is thinner than you’d expect from a stout. And no evident smoke, just a soft roastiness before a dry finish. Regardless, terrif. Reynolds314 (3477) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Cool beer with good tempered balanced smoke with roast and cocoa. Drinkability is huge and really drinkable for such an abstract style.