NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Strong smoked BBQ aroma. Dark brown with a firm thumb thick moch head. Smokiness dominates. It’s like drinking the drippings of a BBQ pit. Some smooth and mild malt base beneath that, but the smokiness is the dominant flavor note here.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle. No yeast in bottom. Reddish brown colour. Aroma of great smokness. Nice light flavour of malt and some smokeness. A really great smoke beer.
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottel
Color - Dark red/brown
Head - Nice offwithe
Aroma - Smoked
Flavor - Smoked, fruit, caramel
Very good beer, light and round
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very smoky aroma - almost too much. This also tastes very very smoky. Hard to tell how its like a marzen, mostly this beer is just too much smoke. Still okay though.
kgustaf (17) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was my first experience with a Smokemalt, and I did not like it. I won’t criticize it too much for being what it claims to be. The aroma was pungently smoky, like a smoked gouda. The flavor matched this aroma perfectly, and made me queasy. The smokiness completely overwhelms any other flavor for me. I tried eating some cheese along with it, but this did not improve the taste. I’d be willing to try rauchbier again, but the smoky flavor must be an acquired taste, or a gimmick.
yngwie (13845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Bottled. Brown and low on carbonation with tan head. Aroma is dominated by smoked elements. Smoked pork and campfire. Light maltaroma. Flavor has baconaroma-like elements and caramel. A special beer! Rating: 6-3-6-3-12-3(051028)
Bottle. Pours a beautiful clear, copper body with a small, dense beige head leaving some lacings. The nose has a nice fruityness that I haven’t noticed earlier when rating it, and of course there’s a roasted, bonfire-burnt, ashy aroma with the touch of bacon always detected. There’s caramel too. It’s a bit thin in the mouth, but that of course makes it suited for a long night of drinking. Flavorwise it finishes with a flavor reminding of when removing ash from the oven and there’s a flavor reminding of broadleaved wood as well. The beer reveals a fruityness hard to sense the first times drinking it, as it’s far from as pushing as the smoked flavors. The caramel sweetness is also in the background. It finishes with a lasting sweetness, and of course lots of burnt down bonfire and something bacon-like. The fruityness is also present. Sure lovely.
This is a beer surely needing some time to get familiar with, but when familiar, it sure is quaffable and quenching. I remember the first time I had it, at the Schlenkerla tavern. Even though the ambience is wonderful, the beer didn’t suit my palate, I think I needed almost an hour finishing my glass. Time for sure changes the palate. By the way, is there some banana in the aroma? (080328)
Strykzone (5009) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Doesn’t smell like a beer, more like a whiskey. Lots of wood smoke. No evidence of peat smoking but more of a campfire aroma. First taste was of a sausage but that morphed into the flavor of a marshmallow that had been cooked over a campfire and dropped into the fire for a bit. Some raters noted beef jerky flavors and I have to agree, particularly in the finish. What a unique style of beer! This is probably not one that I will seek out in the future but it was a pleasant taste experience, and that is what this stuff is all about.
rederic (3010) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color, with a frothy tan-colored head, leaving good laces on the glass. Quite smoky nose, smell like smoked mussels, hint of smoked bacon, burnt malt in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied smoky palate, with a smoked malt, oily texture, campfire logwood note, hint of ashness, roasted malt, caramelized malt, leading towards an amazing smoky finish. A very nice smoky beer, a must!
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a reddish cola brown with a 2 cm tan head heavily leaned towards the white end. The head reduces to a whitish algae-like covering that slides about on the surface (not a bacterial infection, I’m just getting tired of describing this as lace-like).
Smells of smoking wood, bacon, my sweatshirt after sitting by a campfire, with some buried bales of hay.
The mouthfeel is slightly slick with a low amount of carbonation.
Taste? Smoky. The whole thing is like a mouthful of wood smoke. This smoky taste lingers on into the aftertaste, becoming the aftertaste. This aftertaste lingers on in your mouth, causing your wife to make comments about ’eating bacon this late at night.’ Part way through, the smokiness seems to get filtered out somewhat by my brain, allowing me to discern a touch of honey sweetness.
It’s ok. Looks good, smells pretty much as expected etc etc. In general, an interesting rauchbier, but not distinguished enough for me. Just better than average in most regards, but still just a run of the mill brew as far as I’m concerned.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
On tap @ The Beer Circus. My first smoked beer. Although I knew about them nothing could prepare me for my first taste. Aroma is smoked. Flavour is smoked. Finish is even more so. Smoked cheese smoked cheese smoked cheese. Very very strange stuff. I have never had anything like it. Slight tangyness (must be the cheese!) Just mellow and smokey all round and really enjoyable. Almost meaty at points. Not one for the vegetarians. Conjours images of driftwood fires on the beach. I need to try this again.