RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle, chris_o shindig. Dark ruby with some hints of brown, large tan head. Espresso and dark chocolate nose, much the same in mouth. Some hints of burnt charcoal. Lasts sweet on the palate. Alright. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2007
This is a decent porter but you really have to look for the smoke. This beer is classified as a "porter’ not a "smoked", so I think the name is just downright confusing. All in all though, like I said, it’s a nice porter. 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. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 I used to like this beer a lot more. I think the production was kicked up to pay for the $13M Bistro & Gardens so they had to take a lot less time and care with their flagship beers. This is one casualty. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Light smoked aroma and dark body. Roasted malt body with faint smoke undertone. Light body.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
The malts and hops are both delicate and light. Taste of light body coffee with a touch of a smoked chocolate. This is much milder in taste than in aroma. Would work in harmony with grilled fish. Enjoyed from a snifter. brokephibroke (315) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Deep brown red pour with a large tannish thick head. Smoke and metalic nose. Taste of smoke and coffee, quite light in palate. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
22oz bottle, purchased somewhere in Boston for $5. Consumed during the month of its best before date. Pours very dark with minimal head. Nice lacing though. All malt aroma of medium strength. The first sip gives an initial peppery sensation. The peppery sensation remains throughout. Nice malty flavours, with some coffee tastes thrown in the mix.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2008
About what I expected. Moderate roasted malt backbone with light smokiness. Moderate dark chocolate with some light coffee bean notes. Woody and somewhat earthy, a tad thin. KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Dark brown with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, coffe and smoke notes. Flavour likewise with a peat finish.