Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Did not live up to the expectations. thought the lack of chocolate and roasted malt replaced by the taste of smoked malt sucked. nothing worth trying ever again. Go for a taddy porter/ much much better. frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Nose: roasted chocolate malts, hint of hops, slightly acidic. Pours thick, liquid is black opaque with a column of tiny bubbles streaming up along the curved side of my sniffer. Head is large, tan and lasting, strong lacing. Flavor: front is sweet chocolate malts, body very smoky, chocolate malts, some hops in the background, finish is smoky and moderately bitter. Palate is thinner than I was expecting but not watery by any means. Overall, excellent, by far the most out standing porter I've experienced. Some raters said this wasn't very "smoky", well their taste buds must be broken, lots of smoke flavor here. NaturalIce (149) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Great beer. First porter I’ve had in 10 years! I am going to make a promise to grab a porter or 2 next time i go to the beer store. Deep mohagny and very rich flavor. rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep, nearly opaque mahogany that light barely escapes. Atop it sits long-lasting tan head around a finger thick. Aroma is predominantly coffee and a little smoky. Flavor is a complex intermingling of bitter chocolate, coffee and smoked malts that linger on the palate for a while afterward. Quite good. Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally poured into a 0.5 L glass. Aroma is roasty chocolate with some peat coming through. Deep dark brown with ruby barely peeking through, almost black with a big rocky tan head. Dry, roasty dark chocolate flavor with the smoke in the background, not overpowering. Evenly balanced with hop bitterness making it smooth and easy drinking.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 22oz. to glass at dinner in Williamsburg. Almost black brown with medium bodied head. Smell of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Same taste but a smoked finish. expecting more but not bad. BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours ebony with a good amount of transparency around the edges where the brew thins. A nice abundant tan head forms and lasts for some time. The aroma isn’t strong at all. I notice some cocoa, vanilla, smoke, and a little bit of wood. But it took me a few times of pressing my nose into the mouth of the glass. The initial flavour is mildly chocolaty with hints of wood, and a bit of vanilla and brown sugar. The brew passing causes me to think, "watery," as it has that similar feeling in your mouth when you drink unfiltered tap water. Hm, that’s not exactly a quality that I like. The smoked and wood notes start to creep in. The smoked notes seem to mix nicely with the chocolate flavour. Though, the feeling of the unfiltered tap water just doesn’t seem to go away. All in all, this is okay. It’s drinkable. But far from impressive. kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle pours opaque black with thin quick disipating white head. Aroma is malt and light smoke. First taste is sweet coffee and a little bit of smoke. The balance is nice and finish is slightly bitter coffee and light smoke linger. Really like that the smoke is not overpowering. cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 20, 2004
This is a great smoked porter. beautiful head and a dark brown color and if you can’t taste the smoke flavor, get your taste buds checked!! fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2003
smoky with hints of peat and pork. Also has nice chocolate notes. Possibly equal to Alaskan.