brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of mocha colored head that has nice retention.
S: Quite smokey. A touch of salt along with the burnt wood and smoke. Lots of roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. There’s a light fruitiness to the aroma as well, which I wasn’t anticipating.
T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits up front before the smoke takes over. Lots of smoke, wood, and a light saltiness. A bit of nuttiness, mostly almonds, with mild chocolate flavors.
M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
O: Never really a fan of smoked beers, but this one adds a nice little fruitiness. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle from Midtown Wine and Spirits in Nashville. Pours jet black with a khaki head that collapses to a thin skin. The nose is a pleasant, sweet, smoky, dark roasted malt with cocoa and cherry undertones (beneath the smoke). This is probably the best nose I’ve ever encountered from a smoked beer. I would be content to just draw off the snifter and never bother to actually drink the beer. Fairly light-bodied for a 9.1% beer, the mouthfeel is lightly grainy with a dry, mildly tart and smoky finish. The flavor is of sweet, fruity and smoky dark roasted malt with a woody (versus the typical "meaty") smoke lingering well beyond the swallow. This is a beer fully worthy of its reputation. If you like this style, you owe it to yourself to find and try this beer. Very nice. NC_LOCO (12) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Dark pour with a with a fluffy tan head and drippy lace. Aroma is smoked malts. Chocolate and smoke. I wasnt expecting much from this but is was really solid stuff craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. black pour with a light tan head. smoke / roast nose - really nice level of smoke on this one. medium body, sweet, smoke, citrus. sweet light bitter finish with lingering smoke. Cybercat (5893) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Rich, smoky aroma has coffee, molasses, nutty and yeasty notes. It pours an opaque sable with a thick and fluffy light tan head. Flavor has a firm roast coffee tone as well as nutty, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate notes and a hint of licorice. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and only slightly fizzy. Finish is smoky with chocolate and nutty tones, and the tingle is slight and not persistent. However, that is the beer’s weakest aspect, and does not make it any less enjoyable. If you are a stout/porter fan, look for it.
johnnnniee (4346) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a dark brown/black color with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Smells of roasted campfire mixed with a bit of chocolate and caramel. Smell is really malty sweet with hints of cherry, plum, and a touch of alcohol. Thick chewy mouthfeel with a full body and very light carbonation. Taste is caramel and fruit right up front before the smoked malt takes over. A bit of earthy hop bite comes in then some alcohol followed by a long lingering roasted finish with hints of smokey phenol. Wow this one was good! I love it when something fly’s in under the radar and wows me.
sloth (2910) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Small light brown head with fair retention and little lacing. Almost black in color. Roasty, smokey, little phenols, wood. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, oily on the palate. Rich, chocolatey smokyness, dry malts, caramel, roast and some smoked meaty notes as well. Finish is dry, long and fairly rich. Props to jzzbassman for the bottle! Thanks dude! merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle pours a deep brown and opaque body with a two finger tan head. Good retention and patchy lacing. Aroma of campfire smoke, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Creamy carbonation supports a slightly fuller than medium body. Taste has elements of smoked meats, almost like good barbecue, earthy hops, campfire smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. Reminds me of the smoked beers from Bamberg. Best Tennessee beer I’ve ever tasted by a longshot. GTAEgeek (2257) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2011
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Pours pitch black with a little tan head. The aroma is mellow chocolate and coffee, licorice, and a faint but distinct smoky note, like salted meat or a cook fire. The flavor is very sweet up front, with the smoke adding a bitterness and spiciness to the finish. The palate is light to medium, smooth and clean. Overall, a subdued smoked beer, and a nice porter. Sammy (12361) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from Tim S IP.