DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
On tap. Pours a dark muddy brown with a thick tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, smoke, malt, and coffee. Taste was similar. The smoke really came through but didn’t overpower the coffee or malty sweet flavor. Finished creamy with a slight alcohol bite. Annoyingly drinkable since I don’t have a keg or two of this. Hopefully they bottle/can this soon. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Aroma was slightly more roasted malt then smoke, little tidbits of smoke could be detected,but with Todd’s usally ballsy approach,this seemed a little light,that being said it was a great raosted aromataste was chocolately,slight roasted coffeeand again light hints of smoke in the aftertaste,next batch tell the mallster to keep it on the beechwood a little longer. Still a great brew jc1762 (1578) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Tap into a snifer showing pitch black with sparse white foam on the edges.
The nose first shows a lot of steel tank notes but eventually matures into light roasted malts then finishes with a very Islay peaty aroma (think swampy, smoked malt).
The palate is well carbonated and light bodied but creamy and well done. The flavor is very peaty and swampy. Tastes more akin to a whiskey than a beer but without the hard alcoholic bite. Still very good though. I would hesitate to buy a whole bottle unless it’s shared. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
EBF V NOTB. Aroma largely of smoke and roast, especially when first poured, flavor starts off the same way. As it warms, flavor really opens up into a perfect hop-malt balance with delectable semi-sweet chocolate flooding the palate more and more. Very very nice. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
Black pour with some creamy tan head. Nose reminds me of a campfire - tons of smoke, some roast, and BBQ meat. Flavors of dark fruit, roasted malt, and smoke. ABV is well hidden.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Wonderful barrel-aged porter. Deep black pour with minimal froth. At first, there is a bourbony flavor, which goes downs bit hot. Afterwards, a really nice smokiness lingers that turns out to have been around the entire time. Aroma is a feint smokiness as well -- almost liquid smoke like. This is BBQ in a bottle!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2011
A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a big finger of brown-tan head. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.
S - Aroma is bursting with smoke and oak aromas. There is a touch of chocolate and even some smoked meats in there as well.
T - Starts off with a nice smooth hit of smoke and oak flavors with some nice vanilla flavor. Touch of chocolate flavor mixed in as well. Through the middle, some more roasted flavor and a bit of coffee comes though. The finish is a mix of oak and smoke with a bit of chocolate that lingers really nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The beer is smooth and just a bit creamy. The smoke flavor really coats the mouth and provides some warming at the finish.
D - Fairly drinkable, especially considering how bold the flavors are, but that is just how smooth it is. The smoke flavor is really strong and fits right in with the beer. italarican (1549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a dark chocolate brown. Aroma of dark chocolate and oak chips. Flavor has coffee and smoke with a slight meaty quality. Warm, slightly syrupy body. Moderate smokiness throughout. Ok. juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Growler courtesy Beerlando. Pours a dark brown color with a black center with a small tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is nice and shows a good amount of smoked malts and peat with some chocolate and coffee undertones. The flavor is again very chocolaty with some skorched caramel and oaky vanilla adding depth and flavor. The smoked peat and smokey meat are noticeable as well. Dark fruits come through as it warms up and really balances out the smokiness nicely. Medium bodied and very silky mouthfeel with good carbonation adds up to a smooth drinker. Very solid brew and one I am glad I got to try. Thanks Brian. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Beautiful black pour, beige head. Smokey, malty aroma. Flavor is lots of caramel malt and a heavy dose of smoke. Lots of flavors to it, a little unbalanced on the smoke and a little pricey for what it is, but good.