tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Very heavy smoke aroma. A true bacon-beer. Very dark but clear reddish-brown with a finger of fully-diminishing large-bubbled white head. Some lacing. Initial smoky flavour gives way to a wonderful supporting maltiness in this medium/light bodied marzen. Aftertaste is all smoke. A very enjoyable beer although I think the smoke may be a bit over the top for some. Not your everyday lawnmower beer. Bottle.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber. Nice head. Smoky smell as soon as I openend the bottle. Initial taste like smoky bacon. Then I was able to taste the full-bodied, malty Märzen underneath the smoke. Smoky and slightly hoppy finish. I love this beer. Since it lacks any bitterness and sourness, it goes down so easily that you have to ration the beer in your stein. Or you just get another one from the fridge.
fishonmyplane (279) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 A tad smokier than their Urbock, and much smokier than the Weizen. Color is a very dark red, nearly black. The aroma is bacon. Seriously, it just smells like bacon, and little else. Hints of ham or other meats maybe, but not much of the usual malt/hop aromas of non-smoked beers. The flavor is also very meaty. I enjoyed the flavor, but the problem is that there isn't much of a hop presence, or even maltiness, to balance the smoke... so it really just tastes like smoke in a bottle. If you're in the mood for a beer like this it's great, but if you're not it's a bit too intense. I prefer the Urbock.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colored with a tan head. Aroma of smoky bacon and sausage as soon as you pop the top. Smoky flavor as well along with malt and a hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable, but you can only have it once in a while.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown with small white head. Sharp aroma of smoke. Hrm, flavor of smoked fish. Yeah, this is the first smoked I've had, and I'm not too impressed. I guess if you don't like smoked food, stay away from smoked beers.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice dark amber coloring with a little lite head, that is very think but manages to stick around. Aroma is very smoked and salty. The flavor is nicely smoked and not over the top and slightly peppery. This one would go really well with food, sausages, bangers and mash, etc...Nicely malty with hops in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
dark ruby red with an orange tint appearance when held to the light...thin head, some nice lacing. i just dont detect any smoke to this one. riiiiiight! this bastard is loaded and loaded with smoke. surprisingly i can get some maltiness through the smoke, but not a lot. flavor is full of smoke and i can detect a bit of the hops in finish..but ultimately, this is a big bottle of smoke..too much i think.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#200. Deep brown colour with lots of mostly diminishing, lively, frothy, off-white head. Hickory, smoky, gouda, and bacon aroma. Hickory and smoked bacon remains in the flavour, with a touch of coffee, a lingering smokiness, and a background sweetness. Dry mouthfeel, with a sort of chewiness different than what you would find in a stout. Very good, balanced flavours, and a smoky touch that's not overpowering. Thanks Josh.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep auburn red, no lacing but a nice sized head. Aroma is deliciously smokey like a really nice sausage or salami, maybe even salmon. Flavor has the perfect amount of smoke in it with some nice complexities of crystal malt. I don't know about a 5 Oakes, but this beer is pretty damn good. If you really like smoked meat or jerky, you'll like this beer. If not, well, you make your own conclusions. I could drink this for hours on end, it is relaxing and smooth once you really get into this bottle.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
OK so now what, I think I have finally found a style I do not like. The kids said it smelled like a camp fire, I think it tasted like burnt shishcabobs--you know so burnt that you could taste whether it is beef or vegetable.