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 (4189) - 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.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown with a thin head. Smoked wet dog aroma with a hint of vanilla. Lightly sweet caramel flavor compliments a deep but not over powering smokiness. Very clean and well balanced but also nuanced and satisfying. Perhaps a little light in body for my tastes though. I would be interested to know what is used as the smoking fuel for the malt.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For some reason I was expecting this to pour very dark but was surprised to see it pour a deep golden with a thick, creamy head. Pork butts in the smoker - boy oh boy this smells fantastic! Salted meats, charred woods, pipe tobaccos, the list goes on. I could smell this all day. Medium body slows the pace slightly - noting bready malts, spicy bacon and fresh woods. Although I really enjoy the finesse involved with the malt bill - I could use a little more ’meat’ - sorry for the pun - in the body. Overall, a fantastic example of the style and one definitely to be enjoyed with a heavy meat dish.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 I gambled on one of these a few years ago and have been enjoying them ever since. It is definitely something that you either love or will never drink again. The smoky aroma and flavor throw you off guard at first, and you wonder why you are drinking a beer that tastes like smoke. After a few sips you begin to enjoy it for what it is, a complex and tasty brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml. bottle. Dark copper with a small, but long lasting beige head. Aroma of wood smoke with some"meatiness" to it along with caramel malts and a touch of tobacco. Flavor was tons of smoke, but not as much as the Urbock or Weizen. Then again it could just be that I am getting more used to rauchbiers. Hints of bacon, molasses, wood and tobacco. If you told me two years ago I would be enjoying this beer I would have said you were crazy. Now I am becoming crazy for smoked beers.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 DON’T BE SCARED OFF BY THE STRONG AROMA. Pours deep mahogany brown w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of smoked meat is strong. Reminds me of the morning after a campfire. That heavy smoked aroma is in your hair, clothes. Brings back memories. Medium nectar w/ soft residul effers. Flavors are surprisingly mellow w/ a defined smokey character. Mellow fruit w/ softly leathered jerkey and slight creamy vanilla garter. Surprisingly easy to palate after the big smokie nose. Just a pinch of bitterng on the finish. This one improves upon warming. I bought two bottles. I anticipated drinking only one of them. I drank one cold then the other made the hour trek home in a paper sack. It was so delicious I couldn’t resist. The temperature of bottle two was perfect. This brew rocks. It’s so easy to drink with perfect balance of flavor.It’s funny how an aroma will evoke such childhood memories. I highly recommend this brew. DON’T BE SCARED OFF BY THE STRONG AROMA.