sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 (Bottled) Very dark amber color with a large, tight, off-white, lacy head. Quite neutral, but very strong, smoked ham aroma. Strong, slightly sweet-malty, very smoky and salty flavor with strong, bitter hopping. Ashy, bitter licorice finish. Medium to full-bodied, moderately bitter, smoky, warming and very slicky palate. ABV is very well hidden (can’t even compete with the huge smokiness). Reasonably full-bodied, silky smooth,very strongly smoked and hopped brew. Straightforward, but very pleasant in small doses! Also a nice replacement for food. In a class of its own.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with islandic lacing. Aroma is very nicely smoked, very refreshing like a harvest smoke house. Flavor doesn't have many complexities, just straight forward fruit and smoke. This one isn't as good as the marzen but is still a very good smoked beer. I'm really developing a taste for these. Thanks Indra!
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with almost no head, but starts bubbling a tan one up as it starts warming. Super strong smoke aroma hides most everything else. Very "meaty", beef jerky smells. Makes me want to grill something. Flavor is malty with a nice hop bitterness. Yummy stuff!
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 If you like to eat smoked meats then you will like this. Strong smoke flavor, but well balanced. Nice dark bock color, with a good and long lasting head.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 color of a thin stout (deep brown with some reddish hues). no head, only a ring of a few bubbles...aroma...beef jerky and some campfire...while these are aromas i'd normally love in everyday life, they just overwhelm this beer. i cant imagine how anyone can detect anything else in this beer other than the smoke. aroma is 100% smoke...in the flavor i can barely detect the faintest hint of something floral...no one loves smoked food more than I, but come on! can't tell even the tiniest bit of difference between this and the marzen.
Re-rate: color of a thin stout? what the hell was i thinking. color is dark brown with ruby notes and a lasting tan and frothy head. not nearly the amount of smoke that i remember being in this. very metallic in the nose. ..mild smoke. flavor is lightly smoked, mildly earthy, with some bready qualities. really is much better than i originally thought.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking beer, with a good deep brown color and a nice off white/light tan head. The aroma is really quite nice. Good smokiness to it and quite delicious! Really an incredible flavor! A nice smoke, but also a good bitter finish. Really an amazing beer!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer had a dark red/brown color and the head was moderate with some tag along lacing. The aroma reminded me of what it might smell like if my roof was on fire while I was cooking breakfast and drinking a Huber bock. Sweet and smoky, bacon and molasses, salty. The finish was bittersweet and of course..smoky. I wonder how this would work with beer can chicken?
fishonmyplane (279) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off, the aroma is incredible; very much like smoked salmon. I had to just enjoy the smell for a little while before pouring it into the glass. The beer has a thin white head and a dark reddish/brown color(but for a beer like this, appearance is the last thing on my mind). The flavor is very smokey, but well-balanced by a sweet, rich maltiness and just a hint of hops. Very well done. It's 6.5% but I didn't even notice the alcohol presence amidst all the dense flavors loaded into this beer. A great beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth and well balanced. The smoke is strong, but not overwhelming. Nice dark bock color and lasting head. The malt is sweet, but well balanced by the smoke. Very gooey.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Delicous sweet malt, and smoked bacon aroma. Ruby brown body with a very small head. Great taste of sweet smoked malts. Lingering sweet and almost salty taste. Very drinkable and delicous.