peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle from Amy - thanks! Thinnish and quickly fading brown head. Aroma is char, smoke, roasted malt/caramel, light cherry in the middle, and I can swear I smell bacon (!?). Taste follows the aroma with a ton of smoke and char over the roasted malt. Very little cherry in the taste and some hop bitterness rounding out the finish. I like this beer - very tasty smoked porter. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 bottle. pours black with small beige head. aroma of sweet malts, rich smokiness, charred toast, and ample dark chocolate. heavily smoked flavor, with moderate sugar, spicy/bitter hops, and alcohol. quite rich and tasty. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
12 oz bottle thrown in as an extra by TheEpeeist. Chris, always surprising me. Pours a fairly dark brownish pour, some ruby copper edges and bottom. Not opaque, a frothy tannish moderate sized head sits atop, dies to an ok film, light lacing. Aromas are chocolate, roast, barley, touches of biscuits and bread. Light smokiness, touches of light infection notes. Brett, roasty, toffee, and light smokiness with cocoa and caramel coming up behind. Initial is thinner bodied, touches of roast, cocoa, light malty biscuits. Light cherry acidity, sourness just lightly but it does grow into a sour cherry domination with cherrywood smoked malt, lightly earthy, lingering acidity. Roasty malts are cut out, sweet malts and sour cherries remain. Maybe a retry down the road. The sour isn’t distracting, and it certainly remains drinkable, but I was just a little dissappointed in expecting a great smoked beer and getting sour cherry bliss. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger.jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Appearance : Pitch black with a creamy head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Nice chocolate with light smoke. Nice hops but a little bit veggy. A bit woodywith light liquorice.
Taste : Chocolate and smoke. A bit yeasty and dusty. Finish dry and a bit ashy. Light smoke with roasted malt. Faint carbonation. A bit warm. Light peat.
Overall : Tasty smoked beer. Not very smokey though. A few things bugged me including veggy and dusty notes. Not very clean and not very well defined. Still tasty and quite enjoyable.
Pours a deep brown almost black with a small head and nice lace. Smells like winter, with scents of a fire going, some caramel and cocoa. Rich smoked flavor, with some coffee. Nice mouthfeel soft carbonation and medium bodied.
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Appearance: Slips out a dark brown, near black with a sudsy, somewhat smallish, off-white head.
Smell: Ashen roasted barley notes gnarled with smoke fumes and smoothed over with simple chocolate and caramel sauce.
Taste: Sugar-flecked roastiness with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, spent coffee grinds, and light caramel. Particularly sweet, this Sue beer. Subtle underlying fruitiness. Big taste of smoked malt throughout. Small helping of spicy, earthy hops and overall bitterness. Smokey, sugary, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: An interesting brew, Yazoo. The ratcheted up sweetness hampers the drinkability somewhat, but, overall, it’s still pretty good. Shag (3000) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2010
This poured a pitch black color with a moderate white head. The aroma is very smokey with some chocolate covered bacon showing up. The flavor is at first a bit malty with some chocolate and caramel and then all the smokey goodness shows up afterwards. The finish shows a little bit of alcohol coming through. Overall this is pretty damn good! slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle. nose is fairly smoky with light chocolate notes. black with a thin ring of brown foam. great thickness. really full mouthfeel with chocolate, roasted malt notes and tons of smoke. just short of too much. fantastic balance. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Rating #2,000. 12 oz bottle sent to me by my 2010 Winter Secret Santa. Bottled on MAR Week 3 according to notches on the label. Pour is black with a nice khaki one inch head that is quite lasting. Some nice carbonation bubbles stream up the slide of the glass. The aroma is fire ember smoky, along with a soft roastiness. The smoke and roast play together nicely to form a very soft smoke - subtle, but also present. Really clean. The taste follows the nose, integrated roast and dying fire smokiness, along with a bit of sweetness near the finish. The alcohol is also present in the dry chalky finish. The taste is not quite as clean as the nose, though it is really nicely balanced between the smoke and Porter elements. The palate is medium bodied, with gentle fine carbonation. The aforementioned sweetness through the finish detracts a bit, but still a really nicely constructed beer. Thanks for sending this one my way Phil!bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2010
A quick note about why I chose this beer for #2,000. This beer represents much of what I have learned and enjoyed at ratebeer. This is a style of beer (smoked) I knew pretty much nothing about brewed by a brewer (Yazoo) I had never heard of obtained through a means (trading / Secret Santa - thanks Phil!) I would have never dreamt of. I even drank it out of a glass I would never have seen without this site (Duvel mini tulip, thanks Eugene!). In short, this is a tribute to all the great knowledge I have acquired on this site, as well as the great people I have met. This one’s for my Kansas City crew, the great ratebeer folk down in Houston, and all my great ratebeer friends out in Seattle. Further, big thanks to the folks I have traded with and the admins that work tirelessly keeping this site great. Finally, thanks to Joe for making this site what it is. Like all the great spots in the world, it’s not perfect - but it’s got character and I have a lot of fun hanging out here.
12 oz bottle. Black with a tan head . Nose is very malty with a nice smoke aroma. Taste is sweet, very burnt malts, with an alcohol presence and thick rich body. Delicious.