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 (5078) - 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.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the London Drinker beer festival. I will long remember the first time I had a rauchbier - long before beer geek days and in Germany. Although I knew that "rauch" was going to have something to do with smoke ("nicht raucher"), I was quite unprepared for the intense bacon flavour. How could a beer be intended to taste of meat? And, even if that as intended, could it be palatable. Well I did enjoy it once the shock had passed. I guess rauchbier is something you either love or hate. I fall into the former camp. This was a rare opportunity to sample a strong rauchbier on draught (using a strange siphon/bicycle pump type contraption on top of the barrel) in the UK and very impressive it was too.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Aroma of smoked meat, sweat and slight ammonia. Medium thickness in mouthfeel, pretty carbonated. Huge head with frothy lacing. Seems more watery than the marzen
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark amber with a thick beige head. Ham/salami sandwich aroma. Very smokey flavor. It is a decent brew but I'm no real big rauchbier fan.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hickory bacon, dying fire aroma with a touch of some kind of sweetness. My first smoke beer and very enjoyable I must say. The flavor matches the nose alot with a bit more sweetness. Big palate great finish. I need to expore this style a bit more and rerate.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really dug this beer. Kind of looks a bit like a cola w/o all the bubble. The nose was right on with a hickory smoked aroma. This may sound a bit weird but the taste reminds me a bit of bacon. I guess that's the smoked flavor. A little hoppiness in the finish just to make it interesting. Very good.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great bottle! Pours with a chocolate/cola colored body and a very small white head that dissipates too quickly. Aroma is of salty smoked fish. Very smokey. Flavor is smokey, slightly malty, and strong all around with some alcohol in the finish. This is definitely not a style for the faint of palate. I can't say that I love this beer--it's definitely one of those acquired tastes--but overall I can taste some real potential here. Not an everyday beer but it would go great with barbecue and maybe cigars.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 2004 bottle consumed July 2004. Wow. (didnt even realize there was a minimum you had to write). So allow me to elaborate on wow. Aroma is powerful, thick, pervasive, but not all smoke. There is some rich malty goodness, almost a winey smell and some sweet nutty aroma. Beautiful deep deep dark cherry red, burnt white head, but quite clear. Flavor is smoke, tobacco, rich malted barley, bocky, winey sweetness. Towards the finish I even got some hops out of it. It’s just so incredible that you can pick out the bock flavors (just like you can pick out the marzen qualities in the marzen version). Superb and even better with some rich, sharp cheese. Stone porter be damned, this aint subtle, but the flavor is unmatched.
2004 or 2005 bottles not sure. Having had this a good deal more, I can honestly say I’m pulled more towards the more balanced marzen. Granted these beers arent really about balance in the strict sense of the word, but a well-aged marzen really seems to have a bit better beer characteristic. Still this is fantastic stuff.