Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2013
Poured from a bomber into tullip glass. Pours a dark dark brown color with a light tan head which leaves great lacing. Aroma is dry of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke. Flavor is a nice caramel, smoke, roasted malt and sweet. With a lingering sweet alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is above average. This is an absolutely delicious beer. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Smokey, Woody, Mild Bacon
T: Smokey, Woody, Bacon
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Smokey
Overall, this is a smokey beer and comes off exactly as that, not liquid smoke but more like a campfire. superspak (5494) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero estery yeast notes present. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome smoked Baltic porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. bnokk (527) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2016
APPEARANCE- black beauty. Light head, little lacing.
NOSE- great balance of smoke scent. You smell something, but are not sure what it is, then when you recognize itís smoke, its very light and then thereís no question that it?s smoke.
FLAVOR- starts out lightly smoky, and builds as you continue to sip it, or as it warms up perhaps.
NOTES- definitely best smoke beer I?ve tried.
DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
FoBAB 2007, Chicago. Big black body and eggshell head. Big hit of smoke in this one. Whole thing just knocks me over. In fact, this is about all I had written down about this. Just these few sentences and the numbers above.
badgerben (5104) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2007
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Dark brown color with no head. Moderately smoky aroma, along with vanilla and a bit of salt. Strong, Bamburg smoke flavor. A little oakiness. Big malt and chocolate flavors. There is a quality thatís kind of like a fresh piece of wintergreen gum. Not the flavor of wintergreen, but that "clean out your mouth" feeling. Very swell. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
On tap, in a Big Ass Tripe Karmeliet glass, why the hell not...Black as it gets, with a roasty tanned head. Smoked malt from Bamberg in this, and it wafts out slyly, but confidently. Thereís bacon down there, but I get salmon as well....mmm, smokey!
Taste: mmm, a beautiful mix of the roasted chocolate malts, the deep, dark fruits, like raisin and plum, but so smooth. The smoke aspect is just sliding along in the flavor, not a dominant aspect at all, but it hangs in there and never lets you forget it. The strength is sneaky, too, you donít get hit on the head, but it creeps up on you, and invades your mind with stealth.
Delicious stuff, and so easy to drink, though you have to pace it...too strong for sessioning! But you want to, you really really want to!
Really magnificent! This needs to go in bombers and blow some minds out there! BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
On tap at the Pig. Tastes like flesh aged in an oak barrel. Tasty. More vanilla than the regular version and some oak funk. Tasty, oak version of the disturbingly named original. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Earlier Rating: 11/1/2007 Total Score: 3.8
ABR 2007. Smokey body with plenty of pork taste and a little malt Dark brown color. Thick mouth feel and plenty of roasted human, er, pork on the body.
At the Muddy Pig. Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown with light bubbles. Flavor is smooth chocolate and vanilla with a smoky backbone. I didnít get all that much of the oak, but I havenít had the original to make a valid comparison. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap at the Blue Nile. First off... I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, nor am I big on porters, thus smoked porters generally arenít big for me. But leave it to Todd and the crew... Enticing aroma of lightly smoked moist wood. A hint of maple bacon. Nuanced smoke. Earthy with a touch of peat. Quite a lot of oak. Pours pitch black with a thin khaki head. Quite nice on the tongue. The smoke doesnít overpower the beer. Lightly charred wood, smoky malt, leather, burnt vanilla, bitter chocolate and dried coffee grounds. Rich and creamy. Full bodied. Finishes with a touch of earthy and smoky malt. By far the most nuanced smoked beer Iíve tasted. The smoked malt doesnít overpower the flavor and aroma, rather it enhances the beer. Nicely done!