Tranquillity (1577) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty smokey aroma, not too much smoke though. Dark red colour. Not much foam. Taste is quite bitter and oaky. Long finish!
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
First smoked brew. Poured from 16.9 oz. Nice rich amber color. Overwhelming bacon smell and taste. Can’t feel the maerzen, except slightly on intake. Lighter body gives to heavier body. Definately different.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 Bottle. A clear dark broen beer, with a large, frothy, lacing, mostly lasting beige head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted/roasted grain/bread), with very strong notes of smoked meat, cheese and wood. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness. Fantastic, but it’s not for the complexity of the malt character (it’s all about smoke), rather for the intensity, the uniqueness and the plesantness of what you smell and taste. Also very drinkable once you get used to its peculiarity.
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Gravity in Bamberg - Beautiful dark chestnut body, lasting thick beige head leaving thick patches of lacing; Beautiful clear freshly burnt wood smoked nose with warmer caramel malt aromas and even way back a spicy hop touch; Super fresh body, young fresh carbonation, very beautiful small bitting bubbles, soft texture, super balanced with a small malt bitter show off; Medium long finish that actually is a little short compared to what is expected, lots of burnt wood aroma, malt and clear hop bitterness. This beer is in a class of its own!!!!!! From bottle - 7-4-6-3-15=3.5 - Brown clear body, creamy beige head; Deep and quite complex nose with lots of different smoked aromas, most powerful is smoked bacon, barbecue beef jerky, burnt wood, there is also sweet sugary malt with some metallic white sugar undertones; Soft to velvety textured body, very little carbonation, balanced with some bitter freshness; Quite bitter finish that is strangely combined, the bitter and sweet parts doesnt fit perfectly together, the texture is thinner and aromas are more basic then the nose: again some smoked bacon, but also raw meat.
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Pours very dark, but clear. Actually kind of an ugly color. Aroma is smoky and reminds me of smoked pork. Flavor is smoky as well and has a nice sweetness to it without being overbearing. A bitterness follows the sweetness and makes for a well balanced beer. This is far better than I was expecting.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at HDG. Deep dark brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Malty smokey bacon aroma. Malty smokey molasses flavor. The smokeyness lingers throughout the whole beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Creamy. Finish is smokey. Full bodied. Very enjoyable. Delicious.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Draught at the brewery, dark brown with a large pillowy slightly beige head. Unbelieveable aroma - so smoky ham. That smokiness carries through to the flavour and a smooth mouthfeel. Wow, so unique and strangely delicious.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Sleepy Bear tasting 09/30/06 - Aroma is smoke, beef jerky, roasted carmel and burnt toffee. Pours dark brown with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma, kind of like licking hickory chips from the BBQ. Palate is sticky. A tasty brew that was a great compliment to the slow cooked pork.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brownish head... smokiness at its best...mesquite... cask wood... dark brown poor. just the right carbonation and strong finish. Tastes what you smell... just not as strong ;-)...
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Bottle. Dark and creamy like in colour. Nice brown head. This beer is very smoky and coffee like in flavour and aroma.