GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Deep dark brown with a stiff but soft tan head and good lacing. Chocolate, toffee, vanilla, malt & just a hint of smoke in the aroma. Flavors followed and complimented the aromas perfectly. A liitle more smoke in the finish but the smoke compliments all of the other well balanced notes. Plenty of rich roasted malt as well. Alcohol well hidden and a firm hoppy clean finish to round things out. This is a great porter, period. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Pours dark brown light white head thin lacing. Great smell of roasty, chocolate, coffee and a big smoke smell. Thick beer with long lasting aftertaste. Tastes sweet with a slight bitter chocolate/coffee taste. Smell and taste is amazing. lamas (1639) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with bubbly, fluffy and creamy tan head that left plenty of lace. Aroma is strongly of coffee, some chocolate, malts and vanilla extract. Plenty of coffee in the taste too. Smokey. Taste begins pretty sweet and finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Just a tad of alcohol is present in taste. I was gonna say this was thin but I had mistaken it for a stout. As it is, it’s one of the richest porters I’ve had. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2005
22oz bottle, I’ve had it sitting around for 9months or so at least. pours dark brown with a nice little tan head on it. Just like that photo on this site! Smokey, chocolate, roasted aroma. Smoke isn’t overpowering and I don’t get that ham/bacon thing. Smoke a little more pronounced in the flavor, but still, it does serve as a compliment to the chocolate, toffee, malty flavors that are the core of this somewhat decadent beer. Firm hopping on this thing...it ain’t sweet, but bitter pine. Nicely done, everything seems to be in balance. Rich, hearty, one of the best porters I’ve had. gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Dark, dark - pinot? It’s got that beautiful odd, burnt sienna color from smokey malts as I pour. It cascades (!!!), a big bonus. Froth sits on top like a toasted marshmallow. It’s resting in the mug dark with a pinot glow.
Smells like a dark, sweet cigar.
Ummm. Raspberries crushed with the burnt end of a fire poking stick made out of the tip of a Christmas tree. Chew on some pine sap, nibble on some rosemary, and nosh on some organic spinach. Finishes with herbal minerals, hence the spinach. It’s got a silky mouthfeel to it, and - marshmallowy. Dang, that’s good. It makes me want to grill an assinine-ly huge ribeye, and serve it with a side of pintos, and smokey New Mexican red chile.
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Nice beer. Never had a smoked beer before. I thought it would be like drinking bbq or something. This was really nice. It had a good bitter hoppy flavor... and the smoke wasn’t over powering. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2005
Deep amber brown with a thick offwhite head. Great roasted nose with light smoke quality, nothing like the Rauchbiers I’ve had. Med to light in the mouth at first with a richness setting in as I swallow, overall med-dry. Burnt toast flavors with some light fruit hidden in there and a light smokiness that melds with the roasted malt instead of sticking out on it’s own. I might not have thought this was a smoked beer at first and in the end I think that is what makes this one so damn tasty! regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - JAN 9, 2005
Very dark brown almost black.Had a nice tan bubbly head.Small amount of lace.The smell started out with strong berries,somewhat like bubble gum,then I sensed chocolate and malt.In the taste the first thing I noticed was the smoke,and the smoke taste is nice and smooth.It is well balanced in with the other flavors of chocolate,coffee, and malt. It has a medium-heavy body with light carbonation.This is a very good beer and does seem to have more of a punch then the stated 5.9 ABV. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Dark bronw beer, faint ruby colour with a thick tan head. Light beechwood smokiness underlies a bittersweet chocolate aroma. Toasted malts are also apparent. Flavour is smokier than the aroma, a bit of chocolate malt, light sweetness in the middle with a long toasty and bitter finish. There is also a touch of hoppy aroma as well. A nice beer. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
I have had this beer before, and I swear that I rated it. I guess I didn’t though. Here goes again. Somewhat yeasty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee malty notes. Somewhat musty odor as well, but not really a ton of smoke in the nose to be appreciated. Moderately transparent dark mahogany color with a nice light tan head that hangs around. A nice looking beer. Oily palate, finishing somewhat hoppy and bitter. Start has some coffee notes whereas the middle has some slight smoked notes. A bit too oily and thick for me when it comes to a porter. Not too bad. Needs more smoke if it’s gonna call itself smoked.