kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2005
(bottle) Black with tan head. Aromas of smoked malt, hints of coffee. Flavor is coffee, hints of dark chocolate. Very bitter burnt coffee finish when cold, this mellowed as it warmed up. jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 16, 2005
dark dark brown pour-sizable brown head. smoky malty aroma.. coffee there too. flavor is mildy sweet.. roasty, with a good bitterness in the end.. smoky aftertaste. somewhat full-mouthfeel, for a porter. I last drank this a long time ago, now I appreciate it much more. a very good porter. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2005
I believe this is 2004. The aroma has toasted and burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, and sweetness. Any smokiness is subdued. The appearance is deep brown to walnut (though it was hard to tell at the club). The flavor had smoked and toasted malts (though I think I needed to be told about the smoked part). Also, nice flavors of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. The body was creamy with a finish of bitter pine. Very good and some age did this some good (did not even rate it the first time about 1-year ago). A bit heavier than I expected but that was a welcome surprise. I think I’ll pick some of this up every year to age for a year. Drinking it then will be most pleasing. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 One of the best of this style. Less smoky and metallic than the more traditional German smoked beers from Bamberg made by Schlenkerla (be sure to try these for comparison). Drink with grilled German sausages with brown mustard and onions. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2005
On tap (in Syracuse, NY of all places): Had with a pulled pork BBQ, well paired in my opinion. Good amount of smokiness without being too much. Low carbonation. Good malt backbone, a little chewiness. Some chocolate and coffee notes. Like I said, good with BBQ.
TedStryker (5) - Oceanside, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005 does not count
I’ve had this on tap and just had it last night by the bottle. It’s a really great beer, with a nice smoked flavor. It’s just a great porter and well ivan9856 (192) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2005
The 1 pint 6 ounce bottle pours coffee black with a large, creamy khaki-colored head that left some excellent lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and smoky goodness. Sweet molasses is featured in the initial palate with the aforesaid chocolate, coffee and light smokiness peaking through as the flavors develop. The welcomed bitter hop finish is long-lasting. This full-bodied beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and the right sense of balance with the peat smoked malt. Excellent. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
One of the only smoked beers I’ve had that did a good job of staying away from the sin most commit -- it didn’t taste peaty or mossy at all. It was as though the barley had actually been smoked, instead of simply being replaced with whiskey malt. Highly recommended. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Tight creamy head. Nice coffee / mocha aroma and taste- smoked, from one of America’s best breweries. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 I guess this will work for beer #200. This is my favorite Porter to date and it is from a great Brewery. Pours very dark with a smoky off white head. The smell was surprisingly pleasant consisting of coffee, chocolate, caramel and mocha. The taste was fantastic and very warming. For a cold day this works extremely well as a session beer. The aftertaste has a really nice chocolate and caramel feel to it. On tap this was really smooth. I will have to try it out of the bottle and see what the result is. Right now I am very pleased.