Tastes like smoked beer! And it's soooooooooo good.
I tried Alaskan's Smoked Porter when it first came out, and it tasted like someone had poured liquid smoke into my beer. Disgusting. I hear that they've since mellowed out the recipe, but the first experience was so bad that I've never given it another chance. They're a solid brewery, though. I suppose I owe it another taste.
I tried Stone's Smoked Porter, and there wasn't but the faintest whiff of smoke. It was like that brief tantalizing sniff of ganja you get when you roll by the disc golf course really fast. Then quickly quenched by porter, and no more smoke for the rest of the glass. I was pretty deep into my cups by the time we opened the bottle, though, and my palate was probably toast. I guess I owe it another taste.
But Left Handed Brewing's Imperial Stout isn't even billed as a smoked beer, and it tastes like the perfect blend of hickory woodsmoke and syrupy thick stout. Oh sweet Bacchus, it's so delicious! I definitely owe it another taste.
And then maybe one more.