Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Mysteriously dark brown and wafting with enticing aromas. In-fricken-credible mouthfeel; intensely rich and rewarding, with a chocolaty texture. Big notes of dark chocolate and lesser notes of peat, wood, smoke, coffee cake, milk and brown sugar. The teeter-totter is steady and level, with bitter hops and dark chocolate on one end and a syrupy sweetness on the other. The perfect hint of alcohol and a healthy amount of hops (but definitely not overdone) round it out. Oh, man, great beer! Thanks, Dave! dwyerpg (6493) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Light smoky aroma and a nice color, though headless. Amazing how well this porter maintains its great flavor. What a great guy Joe is to bring this beer out at no charge to his fellow beer tasting enthusiasts. A perfect finish to the evening. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours dark brown with some sparse tan to light brown bubbles. Smells of chocolate, molasses, some underlying smoky hints, a nice balance of bitterness and some dark fruit. Tastes of nuts, dark chocolate, touches of coffee, some nice fruity elements and a nice balance of roastiness with hints of smoke. One of the best porters I have had. I wish this was a regular release or that I at least had another bottle of it! skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
Pours black with a two finger khaki head with outstanding lacing. Aroma is of smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark roast coffee, berries,vanilla, pine, molasses, sweet malts, toffee,and cherries. Taste is similar to the aroma with a lot of nice smoked malts, chocolate, and full city coffee notes. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, slightly dry, long, lingering, smoked finish. Overall, a outstanding imperial porter that is very complex with a nice combination f smoke, chocolate, and coffee notes. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Poured from a 22 Oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black presentation with a tan colored head. The aroma was chocolate, malt and coffee. The taste was a smooth rendition of the aroma. An outstanding beer.
SeniorZozo (1576) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 16, 2017
@ Budapest. Black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of light roasted malt, ash, chocolate and some hints of ham. The body was medium and the finish rather bitter. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 8/10/02: well, take the regular smoked porter...add gollups of alcohol..throw tons and tons and..tons of hops..and tango with some roastedness and coffee flavors.. wahlah!...rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 25, 2002
A super hopped to hell...alcohol induced smoked porter which is pretty damn good.
compared to the regular smoked porter..the 6th aniversary porter is a hopped up, alcohol induced porter from hell..I bought a case at the 6th aniversary party..who wants some????
Re-Rate 8/22/02: uppin the points..aroma was like a roasted IPA..I actually discern more smokiness in the flavor than the first time..I’m drinking it at prolly 55º or 60º..More roasts too but still super super hopped out of it’s mind! I love it
Re-Rate 8/23/02: As I drink myself through my case I keep adding points because the more I drink of this the more I realize that this a really special brew!
Plus, I keep tasting peachy notes in there
soot black, moderate smoke. little bit of licorice, maybe a touch of black fruit. ample hop bitterness for a porter. some alchohol flavor. revised: upgraded rated a little. came around a bit / flavors seemed more integrated as it warmed up. this beer should be served very close to room temperature - maybe 65F. UPDATE: having a bottle at 68F - seems considerably more balanced / upgraded rating. This beer was clearly engineered for room temperature consumption. Don't even try unless it's 60F or warmer. belgianhomebrew (645) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Dark, dark, dark. Rostiness and smoke really come through in the aroma. Nice roasted flavor in the body which finishes with a touch of smoke. Finishes dry... As far from a traditional porter as you can get. I LIKE IT!!! HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Big brown head and extraordinary lace, the beer is very dark, almost opaque. When I take a whiff of this beer I am met by a huge floral (violets) hop nose that gives way to the classic pine/citrus aromas compliments of the Pacific Northwest. The palate is very full bodied and roasty, it reminds me of burnt toast. As the beer warms, the burnt toast subsides and a rich dark chocolate flavor comes through. The finish is long with flavors of hop, tobacco, and dark berry fruit. This is one complex high gravity porter.