TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Rich O’s Publick House: Burnished golden. Creamy white ring deposits wispy lace. Greasy, petroleumlike smoke aromas, with a light note of sugar cookie, smoked cracker dough, mineral, browned biscuit, peach marmalade and apple peels. Soft, compact carbonation. Spicy licorice-tinged hop bitterness is firmed up by a stiff dose of minerals and equally firm woody smoke. Delightfully fluffy smokiness, with nary a hint of ash or astringency. Some faintly apparent juicy esters emerge alongside a suggestion of orange preserves. Sturdy malt is deepened with some springy and grassy hay notions, though it loses some of its sound structure as a bit of wet hay begins to creep in. Vibrant hop flavor imparts some dense yet somewhat succulent texture to the otherwise smoke- and mineral-charged center. Plentiful aniseed-tinged hops accompany a lively yet thoroughly fulfilling blend of dry malt and breaths of smoke in the finish. A straightforward version, more or less, with that telltale Heller-Trum cleanliness and balance. A fun quaff.
beastiefan2k (2079) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No idea what this is supposed to actually taste like because the glass round stein I am drinking at 3 Floyds is definitely infected. Nice sour and tart cherry on the nose. Its a nice infection, no strong aceto on the nose. Flavor has not made it that far yet. Just a clean beer with a hint of sweet smoke and a zing at the end of the flavor. If his keg is a few months old, I guess the infection makes sense? I like it this way though. Looking over the other recent rates, other people are saying "cherry" and "leather" and I am pretty sure that is unintentional.
beerandbeyond (452) - ISRAEL - DEC 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Zly Casy in Prague, poured into a lager glass.
Hazy light amber color with a nice fluffy white head.
Fresh grassy aroma, some tender smokiness and faint floral hops.
Light and sweetish malt flavor, low bitterness and mellow fruit (ripe pear) with some mold.
Medium body, a bit strange but OK.
kindacold (193) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours murky amber, no head. Sweet, smokey, mild. Smokiness is less pronounced than odor would have you believe. Bit of a disappointment, but still a decent beer. Just too mild.
Drake (6488) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at The Birch, Norfolk. Pours a nearly murky brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of leather, smoke, cherries and caramel. The taste is smoke, caramel, leather and a fruity finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.
TimE (2584) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light amber color. Slightly tart, nice lightly smokey flavor, caramel and dried strawberries. Good depth for what it is, but it doesn’t take me anywhere special.
randomgarbage (1318) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewfest. Hazy gold with a white head. Yeasty bacon with a bit of noble hop character and some burnt pizza crusts. Smoked out finish, mildly sweet. ok.
KyotoLefty (4719) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Coopers Ales. Cloudy amber-brown with a fine, high head. Lightly smoked nose, malty, bread, light cardboard. Light malt flavor, nice light smoke, a bit too much cardboard, but great body and very nice.
b3shine (2229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks good; a semi-transparent copper with off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; smoke and citrus hops. Tastes slightly sweet and smoky. Average on the palate. Not my favorite style, but a good example of it nonetheless.
crossovert (4547) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An older tap, but still enjoyable. I would love to try it absolutely fresh. PEaty smoke taste, smokier than thier original lager. Very nice.
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden with a firm and lasting white head. Big malty aroma with a touch of meaty smoke. Sweetish malty flavour with meaty smoke, a touch of fruit and a nice bitter finish