arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours deep brown with tan head, aroma is campfire and the taste is roasted campfire smoke with a bit of roast in the flavor that bitters at the end. Extreme smoke like this beer is not to my liking, but I can see how well made this beer is. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Pours a clear and dark reddish brown, topped by a huge head of soft frothy suds, pock-marked with lots of craters (like the surface of the moon, or at least the surface of an English muffin). Great head retention, decent lacing. Chocolate malt and smoke in the aroma.
Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, a little toffee, and lots of smoke. Smoky up front, and more so in the finish – nicely woody with just a little sharp and acrid (which is a compliment, by the way).
Medium to full body, solid carbonation. Stine (1795) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Oaky brown color. Aroma is tilted heavily on the woodsy, charcoal, briskety thing, obviously. The first sip is a rush of roasted malt that’s quite savory, and tinged by some flavor of copper like sucking on pennies. Aftertaste of oversalted beef jerky. The smoke handily complements the richness of malt in this example, not being strong enough to overpower, but with assertiveness enough to matter. Well done. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Rich smoked malts in the aroma with a little fresh hops. Pours dark dark dark with tan head that turns white after a bit. Would look intimidating to those who are faint of heart. Flavor is dead camping fire and dark chocolate up front, and quite bitter in the end. Dry finish, medium bodied and lively carbonation. I wonder what this would be like on cask... and I think it would be better when the temperature outside was less than 60 degrees... still very good. My favorite from them so far. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Grainy, chocolatey, lightly roasty, lightly smoky aroma. Opaque black body with low tan head that recedes to ring. Chocolatey, lightly roasty flavour with subdued smokiness. Dry medium body with moderate carbonation that is engaging on the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Nice deep and dark brown body with nearly black appearance in lower light. Large cap of speckled tan foam sits for good length before finally settling to a firm skim and lacing sticking in minimal blobs and strings.
Aroma is roasted grains and chocolate with a slight smokey bonfire cedar chip hint.
Flavors are mild to start with smooth and adequately easy roasted grains and malts. Small bits of chocolate make its way in around the edges. Finish totally makes this all the while with a fantastic little realm of smokey cedar over light molasses and roasted grain coming across with a very subtle growth of charcoal and smoldering wood and grasses. Very nice on the finish with this particular porter. Nothing like the Sparnfarkel from beers past that was more tangy and sweetness sitting in the back. This stays steady with a light roast and a chocolate coating that eases right down. Then that fun little finish slides in and takes a wonderful turn of smoked wood treats. This pint was gone in no time flat as it goes down very well. Keeping a medium to light carbonation and body to its character. A pleasant surprise to find this still on the board along with the Grand Cru and Thunderstorm. This made our lunch visit a longer then expected one.
badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
On cask. Black color with a medium head. The aroma is pretty much spot on to a campfire. Lots of smoke in the taste, but little else. It started with a nice, full, creamy body, but faded into a watery mix at the end. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Too timidly smoked and too thin-bodied to satisfy me as a smoked porter in the vein of say, Alaskan Smoked Porter. The mouthfeel was disappointingly watery. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Almost black pour, covered by a vast tan head. Subtle, soft ham smoke nose with a rocky edge that makes me think of pottery. Certainly quite dry, leaning a wee bit too much on the acidic side for me to enjoy it completely, because this shows fun cocoa and fruity hints. Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Black/coal body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked Gouda, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, smoke, some roast. Creamy medium body. Pleasant beer, but something is missing.