rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This needs a bit of concentration. The initial aroma is over powering smoke. However, the smoke seems a little basic, without any great complexity of aroma. The sweetness of the aroma reminds one of smoked salmon or pancetta initially. Eventually, after a few mouthfuls this character dulls allowing the bitterness of the hops comes through, but not to any great extent. Ultimately you are left with a stodgy mouth feel of smoke that screams sausage! Normally I’m a fan of smoke, but in this context, it seems not to evolve in the way that an Islay malt does or a whisky matured beer might - try peat next time! :)
dmac (5377) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz bottle from Spirits Red Bank. Poured a clear super deep amber brown body with a tiny tight foamy light beige head. The aroma is really excepttional for a smoked, somewere between a campfire and smoked meats and fish along with a slight hint of and aid. Palate is a bit fuller and the carbonation is a little bit foamy than I was expecting. Flavor is very similar to the aroma but the complexity comes through a bit more and the flavor transitions easily between smoked meat, fish, and pure campfire smoke along with some smoked breads. Good stuff and if you can handle smoke this is a top beer.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear deep amber pour smallish head but solid mild if any carbonation the aromas smokey cooked bacon caramel woodyness dark fruit that is smoked sharp notes flavours wow the tastes have come together so well the smoothest tasting smokey beer you could want the fruit comes up superbly lovely hop taste oak inflence like a tonic to better the already wonderful tastes sweet caramel malts light earthyness medium bitter the bacon smokeyness so good on the palate lucky kermit the finish a masterpiece by heller frun aftertastes of pure delight in smoked tastes the fruit hops maltiness superb oak influence it mixes so well with the smokeyness a sweetness and bitter of good balance a dopplebock to remember
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bronze colored body was clear, and the head that formed was a very small ring of bubbles. While the looks were quite timid for a Doppelbock, the smell was anything but. The smoked Bamberg malts were prominent, and gave this beer a smoky, sweet aroma evocative of pork ribs. The taste continue the theme of the smell, with a real smoke laden flavor backed by good deal of sweetness. The hops were there in the finish, but only provided a restrained drying note, instead of an overt bitterness. The sticky and smooth feel on the palette and a drawn out smoky finish that ended each sip were both very classy. The smoked malts seem to do very well in a Dopplebock style. Now please brew a Trippelbock like Samichlaus with these.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. big potent meaty smoked salmon. toasty, carmalized brown sugar. sweet doughy malts. nice clean meaty smoke focused beer. nice. alcohol well hidden. pretty good stuff.
_angst_ (4395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ The Rover. Pours hazy dark brown with a big off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and full-bodied with smoke, sweet fried fruits like dates, prunes and raisins, dark bread, bread spices, wood and resin. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and tiny sour with wood, smoke, resin, plums, raisins, dates, figs, dark bread and spices. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and slightly tart with sweet fruits and smoke. Amazing tasting beer!
ALLOVATE (2859) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simply shimmers in the glass, a radiant, deep, ruddy copper with no evident carbonation. A little white atop, residual from the pour, and then nothing. Hints of toffee, steinbier-esque caramelised sugars, oak aged Whisky, stewed sweetened plums and rhubarb, and a hint of sherry sits under layers of smoke, heather, smoked pork and other meats, and charred wood. A light touch of vanillin over toffee and caramel starts it off in the mouth, it’s not sweet, but it edges it. Body is medium, the carbonation so very soft its got a barrel aged quality. The oak smoke gives a Whisky quality to it, the fruit of the aroma disappears under the peaty, smoked meat and ash notes. Long, dry, malty thick and smoky aftertaste, yields the alcohol well. Smooth, rounded finish. Nice hops, the Hallertauer placed so finely just as it slips past the tonsils, raches into the olfactories. And interesting brew, so far from the rest of Heller Trum, but absolutely delicious none the less. Smooth, modest, and a little more subtle than the Märzen. Very good drinking! (50cL, no date stamp, Mane Liquor, Belmont)
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 500ml from Purvis. Exceptional, super-malty beer. Aromas of smoke, caramel, nuts, liquorice, and oak. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.
yiannnos (1252) - , CYPRUS - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 Brown colour. Heavy smoke aroma. Sweet, Rich flavour of smoked meat, nutty, some caramel.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Poured medium orangey-brown with a short, tight-bubbled smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, smoky malts first and foremost, with nutty notes and a little vanilla beneath.. nice, but fairly one-dimensional. The flavor found toasted caramel and nutty notes at the core.. sweet, smoky malts everywhere as expected, picking up some leafy bitterness on the edges.. tangy oak notes showed on the finish, working well with the campfire smoke. Medium-bodied at most on the palate, with low carbonation.. really tasty stuff!