Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a goldish color with a white head. aroma was lots of smoke and peat. flavor was smoke, peat, caramel, slight spice, and some slight orange. body was medium with nearly 0 carbonation.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint bottle. It’s hard to not rate a beer highly when it lives up to what it says it is. As stated, deep amber color with a thin white head, but the smokiness is there from the first sniff, and the taste does not disappoint. This was my first "smoke beer" and I’m glad to say the smokiness is not overpowering yet very much evident, or I might have been put off by the style. Very, very nice.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was easily my favorite of any aecht beer I’ve had. A nice not-too heavy smoke aroma, great red color. This was really quite smooth with a great smoke flavor. The only downside at all to this beer is that at 7 a bottle, it’s a bit pricy. but it’s really really good.
blomster (288) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, labelled best before June 2011, sent my way from Nightfall to celebrate my son Charlie´s first birthday. Thanks Alex! Pours dark amber, clear, with a dense thumb-high, light brown head. Aroma of smoke, burnt wood, light tar, with creamy caramel in the background. Really great aroma, much more balanced than in the Schlenkerla Rauchbier.
Taste is a bit of a letdown after smelling the beer. Still, it tastes good, burnt wood, sweet caramel, but with a light disturbing buttery note. Low to medium carbonation that works well with this beer, medium body. Definitely one of the better smoke beers I´ve had.
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy gold color with a large head (odd color for a doppelbock). Smokey nose, full of resin. A bit piney. Rich smoke flavor. Can definitely taste the difference between their Bamburg smoked and this oak smoked. Like sticking your head inside a newly crafted oak end table. Dry malt, light hoppiness.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown and crystal clear. Rich malty nose with a distinct roasted meaty smoke aroma. Sausages! Sweet malty body with a velvety texture. Rounded malty profile. Perfectly balanced with hops. The big brother of their märzen. An excellent brew.
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours lighter than I expected, but it’s a nice amber with a big head, though that may be a function of the bottle neck. The smell is smoke, and a ton of it, with some meat. The smoke is by far the dominating and overpowering flavor, but I do get some pork and there is a bit of sweet malt, too. It’s like liquid bacon. Goes down quite easily, and there is no hint of the 8% ABV.
This is unlike any doppelbock I’ve had. So if you think you’ll be getting something like Celebrator or Salvator, you’re not. It is firmly a Rauchbier.
Overall, it’s pretty tasty, but the smoke really is a lot to handle. Be ready!
EdKing (2409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red with a big foamy white head. Amazing red colour. Nose is smoked, woody and then bit of caramel malt underneath. Taste is beautiful smokey ham/wood with malty sweetness. Body is light, medium bodied and subtle.
rondphoto (4102) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bias against smoky beers (quite strong here) clouds my judgment. Nice presentation and aroma, unsavory for me.
coldbrewky (1704) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle procured at Half Time Poughkipsie. Yup the 8% helped my aching self after the Zipline at Hunter Mountain. Rich and sweet smokiness abounds in all aspects of this brew. While my two compatriots appreciated the "meaty smokiness" it was too large a critter for their NASCAR palates. Nice to see some variation from this solid brewery.