Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Wow. This beer is the reason this site is so great. I never would have bought this a couple of years ago. Instead, I've had a few smoked beers before and knew what I was getting into. This beer has little to no head. Aroma is of smoked pork. Hmmm...pork... The qualities that I find fault with in a bock work great with the intense smoke in this beer. Half-way through the bottle, I gave this beer a great score, then I had some smoked cheddar with this. Words can't describe how beautiful it was. I won't be able to rate anymore beers today, as my tastebuds are shot. But shot in a really freaking good way.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The slightly sweet signature profile of a typical bock beer strives to rise above the smoke and charcoal flavor. There is kind of a struggle here that is most unusual. This is a great tasting beer once you get used to it. Big bodied. Filling. Long complex finish.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Damn, these are interesting. Smells like a glass full of beef jerky, smoky as hell and spicy. Tastes a bit like chewing on mesquite, full and smoky, with again a bit of spiciness to it. Really beginning to like rauchbiers.
Schroppfy (2350) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky but not. Heavy but light. Delicious but, well, still pretty damn good. For me, however, the taste is a bit lost through the smoke. Great mouthfeel, a bit thin, but seems just right. Nicely bitter throughout. A touch of mapley (?) sweetness, maybe?
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic, classic beer. Just like something you’d crave at breakfast time... tastes like smoked sausage; the Marzen has a similar smoked flavor but is slightly less strong and probably would have more appeal to a beginner. Definitely drink this one at room temperature, don’t even think of drinking it cold or you’ll regret it.
Panzuriel (1180) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Beer is like few others. Mostly smoky and very smooth and different in flavor. Do not try it if you do not like smoked things. This beer is almost like drinking liquid smoke, but in a pleasant way.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I havent tried many smoked beers before, and i gotta say i really like this one. Smells and tastes like fresh smoked jerky. Would go great with some barbequed brats.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep garnet on the pour, the head is large, long lasting, frothy and biege, tonnes of lace. Nose is ’Smoky to the MAX!’ (I Like It!), some sweetness, hints of malt. Front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is lightly acidic, somewhat dry, decent hop presence. Ranks #219 on my current 1000 master beer list. Thanks HerbJones
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess if you enjoy drinking your Black Forest ham this will be the beer for you. Definately milder than the marzen but it really dont matter.I guess as it warms it loses a little of the high octane liquid smoke but damn,I’d like at least a resemblance of a beer.Wheres the malt,hops anything but smoke.This high average rating just baffles me. It warms up a little more and finally it’s starting to taste like beer rather than smoked gouda.
crdic (105) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a distinctive and remarkable brew, full-bodied, with a strong, smoky aroma and flavor. I really enjoyed it.