mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried this after being super impressed with their urbock. This beer doesn’t get quite as high marks from me, but still fantastic. Aroma of smoked bacon quite overpowering. Reminded me of a campfire. Perfect dark appearance. Flavor more finely balanced than the aroma let on.
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a brilliant, brilliant, brilliant find. I was highly let down by their Weizen and it took some faith in trying this. Boy was I impressed. It has all the elements of a fine smoked beer, great aroma, fantastic flavor, a deep ruby appearance. Unfortunately however most smoked beers (even the very good ones) can be very overpowering, creating a love-hate relationship with most drinkers. This however goes where no smoked beer (that I have tried) has gone before. It provides such exceptional drinkability and balance, it’s mind boggling to to think how this is possible with so much flavor in the mix. This then isn’t just a smoked beer for the fans of the style but a beer for everyone to enjoy and appreciate. A fantastic pairing with BBQ.
probstblueribbon (3674) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 mL bottle from LCBO.
App.: fairly deep brown-copper, light tan head.
Aroma: intense smoke, like a campfire. Deep smoked ham and pineapple, maybe a bit of sweet malts behind that (hard to tell).
Palate: med. body and fairly low carbonation.
Flav.: ham, bacon, smoked meats, a touch metallic, a hint of roasted malts and a bit of bitterness in the finish.
OK, so I wouldn’t drink much, but the smoke kinda fades and this becomes a better beer than I remember.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 18/02/2007. 500ml bottle, from the brewery, sent from the UK (in a sock). Thanks to the TheGrandmaster. Pours a deep chestnut brown, reddish hued, with a disappearing off-white head. Strong ashy notes on the nose - Brendon calls it "a glass of smoky bacon bits" and Fritha calls it "billy tea" (campfire tea, not the dearly departed NZ comedian). Whatever you call it, and both of them are quite apt, I like it. Also has a rich background of Munich malt. In the mouth it is creamy, with med-low carbonation and a med-full weight. This allows a lovely, clean, toasty Munich richness to dominate. Lowly hopped, and the ash notes aren’t noted on the tongue. It’s pretty fresh but I can imagine it even fresher. World Class. Bamberg slips ahead of Portland in my beer holiday fantasy. I can’t believe I’ve already been there and missed all of the beer (but I do have a photo of the Rathaus in the middle of the river).
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Bottle: Pours a deep brown with an amber hue in the light and a great dense tan head that lasts throughout. The aroma of this stuff is like being out in the woods with an open fire, burning freshly chopped wood, smoked ham. It captures an open fire character with such accuracy. Amazing malt depth is evident in the smoky layers of meaty & chewy flavors. The Smokiness of this is a bit less pronounced than the Ur Bock, but it’s presence is perfect. Robust wood character smothers the malt the entire way through. Smoky beef jerky , hickory rub, and tons of beechwood smoke. Perfectly balanced and creamy. An unbelievably great beer!
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colored, dense tan head. Dominating aroma of smoked meat, scents of wood and dark smoked malt. Smokey flavors too of course. Strong malt base; roasty and burnt, with som pleasant sweetness coming trough. Mild bitter aftertaste. Tasty and exotic.
marcisamong (5) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was right into this, a truly smokey taste. I found it becoming slightly too sharp on the palate towards the end.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
in bottle. medium amber with orange highlights. smoked salmon scent. tastes like applewood smoke.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a lacy off-white head. Plenty of smoke in the aroma, like bacon. Medium body and active carbonation. A lot of smoke up front, then some caramel. The aftertaste is a not-so-pleasant reminder of smoking, which I gave up years ago.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 Dark reddish brown body, uneven porous head. Strong aroma of smoke. Even stronger smoke flavor works in the front with the hops and base lager backing up. Very well-structured beer. Full-bodied, very robust. Threatens to overwhelm but never does (though a second bottle certainly would). Overall very balanced beer and very smooth. Incredibly drinkable. Each time I try this I’m more impressed. A beer like this really demands your attention.