iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Clear golden amber with a one and a half finger off-white head, creamy with fair retention. Loads of woody smoke and some smoky dry meats. Flavor adds some light caramel sweetness and some oak, though I may be making it up. Small amount of alcohol present, helping keep the sweetness at bay. Dry finish, low bitterness. Definitely heavier than their other offerings. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Another rockiní smoked beer.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 (tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando FL)
lct-cpr, thin-lasting-wh-head, sticky-med-body, med-high-co2.
aroma: sweet ßmeaty ^smoky.
flavor: sweet meaty leafy-hops T1, co2 smoky crml-malt leafy-hops T2, sweet-smoky-amber-malt T3, smoky sweet-bready-malt Ts, ßadjuncty-lager leafy-hops Tf.
the wonderful smokiness in the aroma and flavor is sweeter than the beechwood smoked schlenkerla beers (not sure if that is from the oak, or more malt, or less hops, or a combination). IMO, itís not as hop-bitter as the marzen, or as malty as the urbock, and is a bit lighter on the palate than any of the others.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy yellow to amber color with thin white head. Aroma is malty, smoky, funky. Flavor is about the same with some notes of oak and chocolate. Tough to pick through the flavors with so much smokiness. Medium body with a smoky malt finish. Seems to be a great example of the style.
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at DBGB. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of smoky meats, peat, bacon. Flavor is quite minty on the initial sip followed by berries, smoked wood, smoked meats. Hmm, didnít really enjoy this one -- it was too minty.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
minimal light lacing, white head with a gold body. iím not a big smoked beer fan, but this wasnít taxing by the least. gentle balance. awesome for a smoked beer.
dchmela (2659) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Redlight. Pours a deep copper pour with a thick off white head. Smoked ham, caramel aroma. Caramel sweet malt, smoked meat, vanilla oak taste. Seems the oak came through more in the taste. Not a fan of the style, but this is done so well you canít help but to not like it.
jonas (5717) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Schlenkerla.
More subtle smoke like old floorboards. A bit fruit, honey
Pretty brown amber, brown lacing head.
Light herbal, oaken barrels, much more subtle than the marzen I have in parallel. Less burned. Honeyish light berries.
Mellow, light mouthfeel
Honey retronasal, leaves honey on the palate.
A truly elegant rauchbier.
I am bummed it wasnt possible to buy ny to take home :-(
jfb (3968) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 (draught) clear dark amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of mellow smoke, wholemeal bread, light herbal hops, a touch of wood and alcohol. flavour is like a freshly smoked fatty salmon, with notes of bread and again quite some alcohol, quite smooth overall. heavy body with smooth carbonation and a long smoky finish.
after4ever (6182) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at brouwers. crystal clear burnished bright orange. creamy tan head, plenty of sheets and rings of lace. big rich sweetish bacon nose. creamy medium body. tons of rich smoky bacon on the mid, with a long tangy smoke finish.
nimbleprop (5017) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at Churchkey in Washington DC. I have to preface my rating by saying I HATE rauchbiers. They really arenít my cup of tea. This one comes a transparent, caramel orange with a white head. When cold, the aroma was a little like smoked lox, but once it warmed up a sensational smoky oak aroma popped out. Unfortunately, like many smoked beers, cold smoke was all I smelled. The flavor also had a distinct peaty, smokiness but the oak really comes through well. Itís all about the oak. Close your eyes and it tastes like youíre eating a smoked gouda. While one dimensional, the flavors are definitely unique, even for the style. Finish was medium bodied with a hint of lingering sweetness. Easily the best smoked beer Iíve ever had, one Iíd actually order again.