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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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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4.1
neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle. Colour...black with a slight twinge of brown around fringe. Nose...redolently smoky though I can’t discern that its cherry wood, but it doesn’t matter, as it’s quite a treat on the nose. There’s also whiffs of cocoa powder and devils food cake. Palate...silky, smooth, smoky and seductive. The smoke maintains an obvious presence but does not overwhelm and allows itself to meld beautifully with the flavours of chocolate ganache, roasted almonds and sea salt. This is one of the finest smoked porters I’ve ever tasted!

3.9
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
On draft at the Speakeasy tap room. It pours black with a tan head. The aroma has smoky wood with some coffee, toast and dry cocoa. Nice. The flavor is burnt wood… very savory., dry roasted malt with some chocolate. Really a great smoked porter. On point.

3.9
bhensonb (15965) - 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. :)

3.9
slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"Payback is a super nice Porter already. The smoke here threatens to overwhelm, but never does. Big bodied, rich, malty, with ample smoke on the nose and in the flavor. Compliments the roasted malts well, especially on the palate. Solid."

3.8
icehawk (876) - 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.

3.8
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with tan head, settles in minutes with some thin lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasted, chocolate. Flavor is heavily roasted, dark chocolate, with a mildly smoky, roasted finish and aftertaste. Nice malt profile. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and crisp texture. Carbonation could be toned down a bit, it always prevents the flavor from coming through fully. Wouldn’t classify it as a smoked beer, but a very pleasant smoky porter. Really enjoyed this beer.


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