Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From reading some of the other commentary and based on the average score, this is obviously a great beer for those who like smoked malts. It is complex in aroma and taste, but truth be told I have a hard time getting past the smoked bacon/sausage smell and taste. Actually feels like drinking a smoked sausage. Not to my taste, but would recommend as a very distinctive beer to be tried.
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with ruby tinges and compact, short lasting, light tan head. Real deep smoke aroma as well as strong bacon. Medium body, it is not as meaty as the nose promises, burnt caramel, softens even more as it warms, some oak, pepper and peat!
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 500 obtenue par le service d’importation privée de l’Institut de la Bière. Arôme: Odeur de "smoke meat". Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un très mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée très présent et de caramel. La durée de l’arrière goût est courte. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture sirupeuse. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #385)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 I was incredibly fired up to get my hands on this stuff, in fact I think it was all I talked about at the Sydney gathering. Anywayz, it’s really good, but perhaps not mind-blowing. Great colour and way better head retention than I was expecting. Ultimately the best way to describe this is that it is to Bock what the Märzen is to regular Märzen. The aroma is more or less exactly the same as the Märzen, though perhaps slightly more powerful; loads of woody smoke, good sausages being cooked on a campfire, vanilla and a little roast malt. In the mouth it asserts itself more as a genuine bock, with loads of salty, smoky, powerful malt that verges on soy sauciness with some plum sauce thrown in. Palate’s ever-so-slighlty dull. Call me stupid but I was a bit surprised that this tasted so much like a bock - and I’m not really a huge fan of bock. I really liked this but there are less of the things I really like about the Märzen (roast + bitterness) in this one, and it’s just not as easy to drink.
RR: Fresh 07 bottles are in town now (Nov 07) and it’s tasting fantastic. Definitely not too "bocky" this year, just bucketloads of smokey intensity. Sausagey again too, I’m not sure why this tastes like sausages and the Märzen doesn’t. Delicious.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Red brown colour with a medium off-white head. Smoked eal aroma and taste. Medium body with a light sweet smoked finish.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge smokey, leather aroma. Dark red with a creamy tan head. Very smokey flavor upheld by sweet caramel malt. Nice body. Finishes clean and slightly bitter.The smoke lingers.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper-chestnut, with a big tan-colored head, intense smoky aroma, notes of smoked bacon, hint of fire beech wood in the nose, follows through on a medium-bodied smoky palate, with a sweet caramelized malt, toffeeish hint, smoky character, roasted malt, leading towards a malty, faintly smoked finish.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. dark amber brown beer with a nice light beige head. Strong smokey aroma - woodsy/earthy with some salty cured pork. Seet malt and smoke flavor with some light saltiness. Smooth finish. Saltier than the marzen.
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brow colour with a think longlasting tan head. Very smokey aroma. Flavor is malty and lots of smoked meat. Very well balanced. Malty and woody finish with a smokey aftertaste. A lovely beer.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hickory smoked aroma, very intense with tons and tons of smoke. Dark, dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Great smokey and mesquite wood flavor with a malty, caramel background. Smoke really stands out here. Medium body with a slightly oily texture. This is really tasty stuff.