'Beast... thanks for the extra!
Upon opening... first I notice the yeast caked around the neck just under the cap... cool. As I am checking it out, this thing begins to foam up through the neck - slowly like. Hmmm.
Pours the darkest shade of cola imaginable... nice amber highlights find their way from the narrowest of points in the glass. The slow pour ends with a half glass of Porter, half glass of creamy, fluffy mocha colored head. A glance at the bottle shows that head is still building there also... after 5-6 minutes or so, foam is about one inch from the top.
Lacing, needless to say, is damn impressive.
When it finally calms down, a gorgeous 1/8th inch of head remains atop this ebony beauty.
Aroma is fantastic. FANTASTIC. Deep aroma of hardwood smoke, laced with dark roasted malts - this is exactly as Frank described it to be. Perhaps some peat-like smoke in there as well. Smokey, smokey smokey. I'm diggin' it... reminds me of my grandfathers' brick smoker puffin' away on a brisk Autumn day - the aromas of beef, pork and venison floating on that dense apple/hickory/maple smoke that just hangs in the air, wrapping my youth in that intoxicating bliss...
Taste is more of the same. Copious amounts of wood/peat smoke, with a nice smoked meat taste - think lightly peppered venison jerky. Pretty intense - almost Rauchbier like. Hints at black coffee. Nice balance.
Medium, listing towards full in body, smooth, approaching creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is excellent. A good dryness in the finish. Just a light hint at the boozy ABV. Excellent.
This, without a doubt, is my favorite Left Hand offering to date, and perhaps my new favorite Smoked Porter... Wow. Just incredible. I want to sip it, but every time I find myself bringing the glass up, that wonderful thick smokey/meaty aroma hits me... and it proves to be too much.
I am weak, and I have Left Hand to blame.
A Must try!