tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hugely smoky, chewy malt aroma. You can smell it across the room. Dark ruby brown with decent white head that recedes to ring. Burning wood and leaves, strong malt base - sweet and smoky. Medium-full body and very smooth mouthfeel. Fantastic. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby brown. Generous off-white head receding to a big ring. Aroma is heavily smoky, you’ve got to like this aspect. There’s just tons of ham, bacon, pork. It’s intensely meaty and feels like a meal in itself, very expressive and one that you can smell from far. In this ragard, this can do wonders as a welcome home beer or a barbecue apetizer. It remains rather sweet too with its maple suggestions, peppery and salty, there’s even leather and woody flavours in there. This is pretty complex with tons of character. The oldest sharp smoked cheddar you’ll come across. Body is medium-thick, fulfilling with a bit above average carbonation. Mild bitterness in the finish balances from the rather sweet malts. Fantastic. Probably the smokiest beer on the planet and it will never get on your nerves. Actually, I wished some brewery would make something smokier and as pleasant than this, but this is an old man’s daydream. Nevertheless, this remains the father of smoked beers and an experience to enjoy as often as possible. A truly unique product of great appeal.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly better then the Marzen... A little less bacon taste then it. Better nice thick frothy head, smokey aroma which is awesome. Another good smoked beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (no date): Pours with a nice amber/egg-white head that is moderately diminishing. Very smokey aroma that I expected, notes of burnt wood, sausage, earth, matchstick, and barely discernable notes of malt. The taste of this beer is more well-rounded then the Marzen they brew. Initially bitter and smokey, it very quickly changes to slightly sweet malty wood tones (oak, maple?, ash?), and spicey flavors. Aftertaste is a pleasant smokey bbq-like flavor that lasts just long enough to make you want another sip. Very well balanced for a smoke beer. Rerate: Wow. As this stuff warms up to room temp. it is taking on an almost port-like quality to the taste. Interesting, I will have to get more of this and try it with cigars (too much smoke? we’ll see). This beer is a hell of a change up from the normal, although I wouldn’t drink it everyday.
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red amber color with a lasting fine bubble ring. Great aroma reminiscent of your clothes after sitting around a hardwood bon fire all night. Nice wood smokiness, without the greasy bacon that you can get from a lot of other smoke beers. Some brown sugar sweetness. Seems a little thin for the robust flavor. Easy to drink. Very nice smoke beer.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm, smells like breakfast. A little thin, somewhat sweet, doesn't seem very strong. Combines the joyous flavors of beer and meat in one package, jerky in a bottle. This would go well with some salmon, at a BBQ, or while camping. Quite the experience.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Rich sparkling mahoghny, thin white head. Like a woodburning stove thats cooking fresh salty bacon. Flamed wood, beefy, earthy, with a touch of malted sweetness on the backside. Hops even try to balance at the end. Medium bodied, sweet smokey finish. An awesome smoked beer if its your thing. It apparently is mine!
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Decent head of big bubbles. Interesting aroma of beef jerky from out of the smoker. Kind of a salty terrakie (sp) smell. Definate smoky aroma. Color is a dark reddish/brown. Flavor is interesting. Slightly sweet with more smoke, spices and slightly woody. Good balanced and depth in the flavor. Finish is smoky again with good malt smoothness and a touch of hops. A very good and very interesting beer that would go well with food.
heemer77 (5077) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 My first smoked beer and I found it extremely interesting. Aroma and aftertaste both reminded me of smoked salmon. Poured with a dark ruby color. This is unique. Not my favorite style, but a great change of pace. I had this again and it is massive with smoke, but not overwhelming. Apple chips and some wood. A beautifully made beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Deep, mahogany body and soft, ripply off-white head. Aroma reminds me of applewood smoked bacon. A big, meaty Rauchbier with a little bit of ashtray thrown in. Bold, lush, and good! Nice, big body. I prefer the flat out smoke assault of the Marzen better, but this is awesome as well. Definitely best close to room temperature.