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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: on 06-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by KajII:
Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

Bottle. Poured black with a brown/red hue with a small light brown creamy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing.

The aroma was of burnt dark chocolate malts and a doughy yeast with notes of licorice, coffee, and a smokey alcohol scent.

It tasted lightly sweet with hints of dark chocolate and licorice at the start then progressed into a smooth-bitter-smokey-coffee flavor that exploded on the tastebuds and stayed with you for a wonderfully long time.

Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall an extremely tasty brew. If only all smoked beers tasted like this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iam closer to giving up on the Heavy Series after this offering wich was decent but just not good enough.Poured into a tulip glass a deep dark brown with only a hint of of ruby when held to the light,a fluffy almond colored head atop.Aromas are dominated by smoke,other BA's said not enough smoke....,I say too much,not much else came thru other than some bitter chocolate.Flavors are one dimentional in the smoke category,a hint of unsweetened choclate comes thru, otherwise it has a bit of peppery spice as well.Just not enough going on here,yeah there is a decent amount of smokiness but not much else,Iam losing hope in the Below Decks series.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber in a pint glass.
Black in color with a medium-sized tan head.
Chocolate, roasted malt aroma. I thought it smelled like a wood fire.
Sweet chocolate taste, very sweet. Smoke late and lingering.
Rich mouthfeel. Maybe a little on the too sweet side.
Enjoyed it.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke, but I also get some roasted malt. Nice aroma, but not real complex. The flavor is better, with a lot of chocolate, roasted malt and smoke. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked porter.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of smoked aromas. As it warms hints of dark chocolate waft out as well.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Muted roasted malt flavors are quickly joined by smoked malts to kick things off. Midway through the sip mild amounts of unsweetened chocolate flavors make an appearance, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a smooth-drinking smoked porter and another solid beer from the Mutiny Fleet - well worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with a big white soapy head. Mild smoke aroma. A bit thin for a beer, for the style, but smoke in the taste, a bit of chocolate malt. Ken's bottle. Pleasant enough drinking.Middle of the road in the smoked style.Sweetish smoke, though not overly sweetish.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High-ish pour yields a half-finger of tan head that dissipates into some surface memory. Body is opaque blackish-brown with some brown highlights.

Nose is quite nice for the style. Smoke and roasty cocoa, as well as campfire wood and a hint of raisin.

Taste is nice and potent, and quite representative of what I think a smoked porter should be. Good balance of malt, hops, and smoke, though it's really rather tilted in favor of malt. Pretty rich.

Mouthfeel is quite fine, and doesn't really steal from flavor.

Overall this is a good, malty porter with some smoke. I've tried several smoked porters; this one stacks up.

Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cross between extremely dark brown and a mostly dark black. A nice thick tan head sits on top and keeps you company while you drink.

No surprise, there's a smoky scent; but also some bittersweet chocolate and some flowers play in the background. Actually has a slight cola smell to it.

Tastes like it smells, but I picked up some coffee notes as well. A gentle alcohol flavor is present too.

There's no sweetness like I was hoping for, but it's not exactly bitter either. It feels creamy in the mouth, but then finishes with just a bit of heat from the alcohol.

It's a pretty easy beer to drink if you're ok with smoke beers. It's high in alcohol, but it comes across gently with only a slight taste and just a hint of warming.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Steve, for hooking me up with this courtesy of the Hometown BIF!

Pours friendly black with a nice thick tan head.

Smells include chocolate, coffee, slight hint of raspberries, and unsurprisingly a hint of smoke and wood.

Nice notes of smoke and roast in the beginning followed by coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is a sweet hint of plums and tobacco in the aftertaste.

The feel is on the creamy side of average for the style. Good feel.

This was pretty drinkable, not necessarily all at once, but I would be happy to have it again.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a decent tan head that retains OK and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has a litte dark chocolate and coffee upfront, along with some smoked meat, salt, burnt bread, some blackberry and a little alcohol. The flavor starts out with a bacon and smoked meat flavor, along with a little sea salt, some dark chocolate, espresso, black cherry, burnt bread, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate, and drinkability is pretty good. Overall a decent smoked porter, not particularly complex or interesting but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I picked this up in North Carolina, These guys need to impress me, the last few heavy seas have left me wanting...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of brown head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint chocolate, not much smoke

T: Chocolate, leafy & woody hops, a touch of pine too, then some oaky smokeyness up front. Dark fruit, some oaky smoke notes, baker's chocolate as well once warm, faint booze warmth as well. Finishes dry, sweet, with oaky smoke & bit of pine

MF: Creamy carbonation, medium body, great balance

A fairly subtle smoked beer that grew on me. Not one I would seek out though...

Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a shaker pint glass. Label is shiny black and depicts a pirate themed skull.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger if medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass,leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is extremely dark brown, enough that it is opaque throughout. Looks like a small amount of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong sweet dark malt upfront with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. Hints of roasted barley bitterness.

Taste: Strong milk chocolate flavor upfront with a mellow barley roastiness following. Hints of toffee and toasted marshmallow. Not much, if any, smoke here.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is incredibly thick and viscous.

Drinkability: A good, if a little sweet porter, but not much in the way of smoke in this one. Drinks like an Imperial (higher ABV) porter.

Photo of hdofu
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting flavored beer. Poured grapeish black with a tan head. Smelled smokey, cocoaish taste sort of like a burnt brown ale, considering it was labled as a smoked porter I was expecting something more porterlike. It wasn't a bad flavor by any means but I it didn't knock my socks off either. Would have gone good with some sort of chocolate.

Photo of eat
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin-looking on the pour. Opaque black body with a cover of large cream-white bubbles.

On the nose: minerals, dusty dark chocolate, subtle smoke, astringent grain. Caramel malt comes out more as it warms.

The smoke here is well-played; subtle and well-balanced. Dusty cocoa, light grain, caramel, coffee, minerals, soily hops and a little alcohol bite. Mildly drying finish. The flavour is light in the way a porter should be.

Nice silky medium body with a light carbonation. Fitting feel.

This is a very drinkable, delicious and balanced smoked porter. This would be a great place to start if you're just getting into smoky beers, the smoke here is just right.

Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Solid dark brown pour, quite nice frothy light tan head.

Aroma, pretty mild. First sign this belongs in the porter category, like the label says, not the smoked category. Roast malt, peat, chocolate, really no smoke.

Taste follows suit, but there is a bit of acrid harshness. Burnt malt, dark chocolates and earthy peat and charcoal. Finishes a little warm with the burntness. As this warmed there is some faint smoke present.

Lighter mid body, possibly too much carbonation. The carb and abv add to the bit of harshness. Mellows a bit though as it warms, nearly creamy, much better. Still pretty drinkable, just probably not something I will reach for again. Especially since rescently having Surly Smoke.

I will choose to review this on the merits as a porter, this really isn't a smoked or even much of a smoked porter. A descent baltic like porter.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into 6 ounce goblet. From therealnomayo, cheers!

I enjoy smoked beers that utilize the smoke as an element in the overall profile. I don't particularly enjoy where the smoke dominates the nose and palate.

To this end, this is a good beer that has a mild smoke note in the aromas and the taste. The nose has a very slight malt while there is a bit of smoke. A faint peat in the smoke.

More malt in the body and a lighter smoke, even than was in the nose. I do prefer my Porter with full roast malt, heavy underlying bittness that is cued off of chocolate and plum note. Here there is more of a raisin.

The mouthfeel is solid. I would, again, prefer this to be more full, but the lightness in the body matches the light smoke in the aroma and taste.


Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark chocolate when exiting the bottle shows glistening moments of ruby-plums highlights from the light. The head is a sturdy piece of work, a solid frothy state, khaki in color, that holds rather steady even after 5 minutes. The lacing is thick, clumpy and of average coverage.

S: Burnt chocolate with some burnt wood and lingering light moments of smoke. Later some dark fruit of plums come around with a finish of lightly roasted coffee fine grounds (think coffee in a can).

T: Some acidity on the open with light roasty coffee grounds, bitter chocolate and dried milk powder. Lingering moments of charred wood with some smoky afterthoughts but much lighter then expected or desired. Simple complexity overall, with some dark juicy fruit jumping into the mix along with some bitter bakers chocolate. At room temperature indications of alcohol in the way of cough syrup become evident.

M: The mouthful was meh, medium at best, oily in texture with a slippery smooth appeal on the tongue. Light effervesce with a lack of malt substance and lack of dark roasty appeal limits this to just average regards.

D: Average drinkability, again rather lackluster with no hidden surprises or bells. Mediocrity in excitement and just after a few sips this quickly becomes a boring chore and felt there was little if anything left to explore or appreciate. After finishing my early prejudice was justified. Kinda weak for a big series beer that strives to be middle of the road. A small beer packaged in a big bottle doesn't necessarily make it so.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and smoke. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and some coffee and burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good porter, but not quite smoky enough for me. For being a smoked porter, I think it should have more smoke aroma and flavor in the brew. I've had both Weyerbacher Fifteen and Nils Oscar Rökporter recently, and I think those are both much smokier than this brew. With that being said, I still think this is a pretty decent beer overall.

Photo of TexIndy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a dark black color with a little bit of carb bubbling on the surface. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a very thin collar. Minimal lacing with none sticking.

The smell was very good with dark roasted malt, smoke, chocolate malt and some alcohol. Was good but wish it had more smoke aroma. It was there but weak - actually more of the alcohol showed thru than the smoke. The taste followed the aroma with nice dark and chocolate malts leading the way with a bit of smoke. Alcohol was less prevalent here. Again, good but needed more smoke. Mouthfeel was creamy but could have used more carbonation. Good aftertaste.

Overall, a good beer but could have been much better with some more smoke to it. Easy to drink as is but doesn't leave a big impression. Do recommend. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from Indy. Rotation - not shipping worthy. If avail near me, it would make the occasional rotation as I do love smoke but would be bigger player if they upped the smoke content. [O;Y]

Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap at Alewife in Baltimore into a mug.

A simple dark black/brown body in appearance poured and presented with perhaps a one finger head that is a light cocoa brown in color.

Nose is just a mild smoke, some small roast, but a big strange sweet smell of grape juice. What the heck is this? This is real odd.

Unfortunatly that grape smell was no lie. The palate is just filled and rolling with Welch's style sweet grape juice all over. I can litteraly taste barely anything else on this at all. Texture and feel is perfectly fine and decent, surprisingly not syrupy with all the sweetness present.

Overall this is far too sweet, far too strange tasting (sweet grape juice and smoke just don't mix), and not what I look for in this style at all. It's drinkable but also kind of gross, I won't be having this again.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Qualifier here...this is my first smoked beer so I'm comparing characteristics to the BA profile.
appearance: Deep dark brown with a mocha head. Nice looking brew.
smell: I really like the nose but doesn't match the profile. Reminds me of a sweet stout. Pretty thin and I'm not getting anything like smoke.
According to the profile, "a robust, even an overpowering beer, more so with versions that use peat smoked malt which carries a cloying smoked flavor that can ruin a beer in excess."
taste: Again, a tasty treat but doesn't appear to match the style at all.
mouthfeel: medium with med carbonation.
drinkability: This is smooth and goes down fast.

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: snifter pour, medium mocha-colored head steadily becomes a thin layer and ring on the surface, the beer is deep, opaque brown in color

s: pulling some decent aromas from this one but it's all pretty mild, smoke only slightly perceptible, dark roasted malt approaching char but not quite, bitter chocolate, licorice, a touch of root beer, light toffee backing but far from sweet, benign, earthy hops

m: carbonation light-medium, smooth for the most part, with a light-medium body

t: seriously weak smoke character, essentially hidden beneath the roasted barley flavors - I love smoked beers and picked this one up for that reason, so it's a bit of a disappointment, underlying toffee, a curious creamy milkiness, dark chocolate, some licorice in the finish with a mild bitterness, a decent porter

d: agreed that this is an okay porter that should certainly not be categorized here as a smoked beer, this is a mild-average porter that doesn't belie its abv in terms of booze presence, but unfortunately it doesn't carry the flavor expected of a high abv bier either

bomber from OUaV South, Richmond, VA

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber of the 2010 vintage pours a near black color with some ruby highlights. Fluffy tan head displays average retention and lacing.

Nose is interesting, lighter on the smoke than I would like though. Rummy dark fruit mixed with some sweet chocolate. Low roast and a fair amount of bready yeast.

Low on smoke again in the flavor department, unfortunately. However, the beer overall is actually pretty tasty. Bready, fruit-laden yeastiness with malts that are soft and chocolaty. ABV is well hidden and has a soft, lightly creamy mouthfeel - carbed just about right. Kiss of smoke and light vanilla as it warms and has just the right amount of sweetness. I like it, would bump up some more though if it were more smoky.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night, not even any ruby around the edges. With a few fingers of tan head that does not last, and not much wisp left over either.

Aromas of deep roasted malt, hints of dark cocoa, and heavy roast coffee. A very faint smokiness at the back end. For a smoked beer, it's not very smokey.

First sip is of roasted malt, with that dark cocoa and heavy roast coffee aftertaste. Not much smoke in the flavor either. There is a slight smokey sweetness at the back end. Some alcohol warmth also comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full, but not sticky sweet. Some light prickly carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, but just not enough smoke for a smoked beer, IMHO.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured pretty much to the rim with very little room for a small layer of coca foam.

S - Roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolates and mild coffee.

T - Wow I really expected something heavier for 8 percent! No real smoke on the palate just roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Not bad but not really a "smoke" beer

M - Medium bodied and kind of watery but it was good.

D - I may have to get the bomber or at least try it again during the Library's happy hour. A truly good porter to have for 3 dollars a pint!

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Heavy Seas - Smoke On The Water from Heavy Seas Beer
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