balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Nice and dark, nearly opaque...a hint of amber when held up to the light. Thick brown head. Nice sweet aroma that is dominated by coffee and chocolate. Big body, chewy and delicious. Excellent balance of coffee and chocolate plus a nice hoppy bit to balance the sweetness of the malt. The smoke is apparent in the finish but not quite as strong as i thought or hoped for (this being my first smoked beer)...otherwise an excellent beer that i could enjoy everynight this winter. mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours is darkest of browns with a light tan head. Nose is smoky, chocolate, vanilla, earthy coffee grounds. Full, smoky body, that finishes with a fairly bitter hop bite. Full taste that matches the nose. Delicious! Two thumbs up! Not bad with some brie cheese. biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Pours black with a small frothy/creamy tan head. The initial taste is roasted coffee with caramel and chocolate undertones. There is a grapefruity bitterness that followes. The smoke is there but in the background. The smoke finish really complaments everything very well. There is a very distinct metallic taste to it. mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2007
22oz bomber. Opaque with brown head. Aroma of chocolate. Roasted malts and chocolate flavor. Mild smoke flavor. Excellent compliment to a slab of ribs. k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle - Pours appears dark brown with some chestnut highlights but when held to the light you find that it’s a dark ruby with brown edges. Lovely generous tan foam. Aroma is musty with light woody scents w/ faint peat smoke. Flavor is subtle roasted malt, faint chocolate and peat smoked malt (but not noticeably smokey). Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation and a dry bitter finish. As the beer warmed, the peat smoked malt became a bit stronger toward the finish.
Erikh04 (153) - - DEC 11, 2013
Too hoppy for me. Nice smokey aroma and initial taste. Finishes way too hoppy. Very thin mouth feel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Dark brown in appearance. Smoke flavor was apparent but not overwhelming by any means. A solid porter.