RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This limited edition Payback Porter uses cherry wood smoked malts for a rich, smoky flavor that perfectly compliments the notes of bitter cocoa and espresso.

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Ernest (7714) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of manure, scorched earth/peat, vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. I must admit the horse manure odor is a little off-putting...I’m all for rusticity, and it works well when it’s part of a complex larger picture of similar elements, but it’s not the best pairing for normal clean porter smells like chocolate and vanilla. And yeah, it’s really more manure-like than smoky. Also a little syrupy sweet for me, but seems reasonably well-made in general...no off notes (unless you consider the manure smell to be off).

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle:   Black, moderate frothy light brown head, nice lacing.   Very soft roast, slight ash, not too much smoke.   A bit more smoke on the tongue.   Roasty, not too bitter, very light sweetness.   Seems a tamer example of Alaskans example, and without that silky body.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with a soft lactose sweetness, very pale roast, and even softer smoke and ash.   Light Smoked Porter, but clean and with a decent balance.

SudsMcDuff (8438) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Thanks M.A .-bought in San Fran at Healthy Spirits .. . Pours a deep black . .. foam is solid, mild lacing .. . tar, black gum, baked on frying pan specks, musty burnt molasses, and burnt toast .. . shake that head, cat! .. . mouth is mild to medium in intensity .. . a decent beer for sure, but not much of a smoke heavy beer
.. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C9uU0R89Bo

poisoneddwarf (2563) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head with good retention; leaves some lace. Aroma is pretty stinky. Smells like wet burnt dog hair; I also get some caramel, cooked vegetables. Taste is sweet and smoky; I get cigar ash, licorice, cough drops (the beer actually seems to numb my mouth like a cough drop would). Body is medium, carbonation average. Not good, and I love me a good smoked beer. Messy, unsophisticated...it’s a damn shame--the label is really badass and noir-ish--I was expecting more.

icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Black with cola colored head. Nice coffee aroma with a subtle smokiness. Smoke up front, with chocolate and coffee flavors. Smooth, medium, slightly slick mouthfeel. Aftertaste is on par with the aroma... coffee with subtle smokiness. Good stuff; tastes exactly as I’d expect it would based on description.

brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Smokey nose, roasted malt, and some charred wood. Mild caramel, some chocolate, and earth. Smokey flavor, roast, and a bit of char. Wood, almonds, chocolate, and a light sweetness of malt and dark fruit.

zebra (2167) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2013
on tap @ city beer store. very nice. did like James Bean and Figaro even better. sf is such a great beer town. rating #10! / amber, frothy, butterscotch, heavy, floral, cheese, ginger, soft, alcohol, lively

queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle sample at Beoir Go Leoir. Chocolate, and light earthy smoke aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Earthy wood smoke, chocolate, and light molasses flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

bhensonb (15336) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours black with a foamy tan head. It’s not brown/black. It’s black. Light smoke over dark burnt malt for aroma. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is sort of hickory/oak smoke - doesn’t seem peat - with some fairly well hidden chocolate and dark malt. Not getting coffee. The smoke is cool - but it does obscure whatever complexity may lurk within. Nice drink. Nice change of pace. Well done. Much better than many of the Glaswegian brews. :)

riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2013
Smoked meat, ashy notes, and some roasted malts/darker chocolate. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate all with a smoked meat profile throughout. Smooth and drinkable at 7.75% with great balance and smoke flavor. An enjoyable beer.

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