mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a deep ruby/amber color. Now this beer smells like real smoke, like barbeque or something. Smells like a mixture a meat, burning pine, and oysters. Strong smokey flavor dominates. It does seem to have quite a bit of a malty character as well. Bitter finish.
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Fiery bronze. Fully sustained rocky wisp of head. Resplendent nose of anise-spiced smoked poultry, tobacco, and perfectly ripe black plums. Wafts of straw and clean lager yeast sneak into the nose. Creamy, but with an equal amount of chalkiness to match. Understated medicinal sharpness quells the deceptive fruitiness. Dab of caramelized malt and maple glaze sweetness lies sandwiched between the chalky-edged dryness and smoky bacon. Intensity of the smoke, coupled with the spiciness of the hops, leave the palate numb. So polished and elegant, but magically rustic, as well. Lush malt notes deposit tongue hugging starches and lightly husky malts (Pils?) which act as an eternal undergird to the body. Dangerously quaffable due to the impeccable attenuation, but, amazing, it retains its satisfyingly smoky and bready girth. Firm, depth-lending punch of minerals compounds the dry, herbal twinge of hops, along with the gentler fruitiness that lurks beneath. Finishes commandingly bready and perpetually smoky with a crowning stroke of straw. Hail to the wonders of double-decoction mashing. After all these years, this still hails as THE quintessential Rauchbier.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A give this beer an exceptional rating being that it is so distinct. This is my first Rauchbier but this thing was an event. It smells like hikory smoke and a barbeque in a bottle. The taste is almost akin to smoked sausage and beer. I bet this would be excellent to cook with or to use as a compliment to cheese and crackers. Almost a meal, not meant for a sixer, but enjoyable in its own right.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper colored, small head of white which quickly clears to naught. Smoky nose, mouth watering. Crisp, medium bodied, ample malt and wondrefully smoked. Easy to drink, great with cheese.
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much head, tea colored. Smells like tar and some smoke. A bit oily mouth feel.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Nose is smoke, brown sugar, rich clean malt. Deep ruby with a light tan head. Flavor is Smoke, honey, rich malt, caramel, light ash, solid but not overwhelming hop bitterness. Lingering smoke in the finish, honey, caramel. Brilliant.
Original rating: 7/3/8/3/16 -- 6/5/05
Thanks to Tim for getting me to jump into smoked beers. Tasted @ Smokeless. Nose is smoke, bacon, fish, woody. Deep ruby body, frothy off-white head. Quite (not overpoweringly) smoky, sweet malt, fish, light iodine. A bit of hop & caramel in the finish. The finish of this leaves me wanting more.. More.. MORE!!!!
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JUN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, smoke aroma, dark brown hue, thin off white head. very tasty flavor, dominated by roasted malt and smoke.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Raison or dark tea coloured, a very slight head. The aroma is misleading, I started off thinking smoke but finally settled on tar, some raison, and slight spices. The taste is sweeter than the smell belies, some tar though. The palate is oily, mildly carbonated, and naturally it lingers in the mouth. A good beer, but one of these is enough for one sitting.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Royal Mile, Des Moines. Pours a reddish brown...slight beige head. Wow, the aroma was all over the place as it poured....smoky, woody, malty--all to the extreme. It’s funny--I like it but the thought of drinking the entire bottle seems daunting. Let’s taste it. The aroma was much more intimidating than the flavor....smoky malts, more hop bitterness than I anticipated, and still more smoked malt flavor. Medium bodied...dry in the end. Very interesting and tasty beer.
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The taste to me of this brew is of smoked whitefish, the brunt wood smell is too overpowering for me. A nice colour and a good head retention.