RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Aroma: Lots of earthy smokiness, caramel, and some bready malt. Appearance: Reddish-brown in color and hazy with small coppery highlights. Off-white head was small and fleeting with very little lacing. Flavor: Big campfire-like woody smokiness with notes of bread, caramel, and cinnamon. Some nice hoppiness in the midtaste with a noticeable piney/herbal taste. Finishes with light bitterness and a lingering smokiness. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Great beer. The smoke was front and center, but didn’t overwhelm the other flavors.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Clear umber color with moderate off white head. Light, but deep smoked bacon with a bit of bread dough in the background. Initial smoke flavor followed by a mild pale malt backdrop. The smoke and hops fight for attention in the middle to finish. An interesting combination of light herbs and smoke that is certainly different, but works for me. Finish is long and lightly salty and smokey. I though this might be a bit past prime, but the hops were still fresh and spicy. I could sit with this, my smoker, some ribs of brisket and be happy for the afternoon.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours to an oddly hued copper body with a tall mostly lasting creamy white head and decent sheet lacing. The aroma is smoky salmon and juniper berries. The flavor is smoked for certain. It has an odd juniper berry, spruce needles, dry old wood, and strange malt base. Very, very unique. There’s some things I’m detecting but can’t place. Almost like this is a rauch-Belgian. Perhaps smoked bubblegum with strange hops. Dry mouthwatering palate and a silken texture. STRANGE!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with mahogany tints with very little head and a little lacing. Wowzers, this one smells like smoked sausage up front with the roasted malts in the background. The taste follows the aroma with a huge smoked bacon and sausage flavor but the sweet malt base comes through a little more in the taste and balance the brew very well. The body is medium with the smoky malt lingering on the palate for ages. I’ve only had a few rauchbiers, but this one is the best by a mile. Highly recommended.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 Draft. Pours a dark malted body with a a quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is lots of smoke, bbq, bacon, burnt wood. Flavor is liquid smokiness. A great solid beer. Put down 2 pints back to back.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. $10.75/pint, unmarked. Ouch. Anyway...clearish orange-brown body, thin off-white to buff head. Toasty nose with burnt caramel notes and smoked peat. Body of fair complexity, with toast and caramel notes quickly pounded into submission by bold smoked peat. Bitter finish. One of the most quaffable smoked beers I’ve sampled. Solid beer, but not mind-blowing.
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 On tap at Ashley’s - Ann Arbor, MI. Aroma is strong right off the bat. Good complex Maple smoke, burning leaves and pine woods. Complex. Pours an interesting mid-brown, amber with a soft soap of off-white above. Flavor bursts as an immediately interesting complex smoke flavor, with Aspen bark, light ash and Beechwood. Wow! This is a fantastic smoke flavor. Spicy, complex and developing some unique earthy character. Just awesome. I can keep going with the flavors, from burning Balsam to Campfire to wood shop. It morphs and lingers for a long, long time. One of the most nuanced and delicious uses of smoke I can image. The toothy, chewy sugars back it up, but stay real dry and crisp. Clean and light, give the excellent smoke character plenty of opportunity to shine. This is tremendous!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours cloudy orange, nice lacing of the head. aroma of smoke & mixed spices. flavor is spicy underarms. the finish is the same spiciness. if you like spicy underarms, this is the beer for you.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 F-me. Hand-bottled. A bit of a hiss as I sprang the pop-top. Superb sign. Poured with a bold, thick head. I’ve been waiting too long to try this. Rich amber color. Rocky white head has decided to hang around. Initial whiff is big with big woodsy aromas. I can smell the glowing embers of a slightly extinguished fire, bacon crisping in a cast-iron skillet. My mouth waters for this smoky sensation. Slightly oily on the palate yet smooth and quenching. Still tingling with hints of carbonation. Underpinning of sweetness with passionate snips of bittering hops. As with too few things in life, this has been well worth the wait. Many thanks to redlight!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub and served in a 1/2 litre Schlenkerla glass. This beer poured a cloudy mahogany with a two-finger thick head of slowly fading tan foam. Some nice lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of campfire and smoked breakfast ham. Not overpowering, but very inticing. The flavor followed suit with heavy smoke, bacon and ham notes, but not in an overdone fasion. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and super smooth. A heavily smoked brew that remains highly sessionable. Top notch!