commonmac (1009) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 oz bottle acquired as part of Christmas beer package from an aunt. Consumed during Final Four with commonshawn. Aroma doesn’t hide what you’re about to consume...this is going to be a smoky one. Woods, smoke, hot dog, char...all come to mind. Off white, nearly tan head that dissipates in pretty quick order. Dark brown cola in color. Taste reinforces the smoky notes found on the nose. Smoked meats and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Maybe a light sweetness someplace in there but it’s minimal. This is definitely not my style but I can understand how this one would be viewed as a better than average rendition. Appreciate the relatively clean finish and commitment to the earthy, smoky characteristics.
commonshawn (1011) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 16.9oz bottle with commonmac during final four. Dark brown with medium white head. Smells like spiced smoke, like a hot dog. Sweet, malty, smoky, spicy, smoke finish. Taste more palatable than the aroma. Medium oily body. Not my style, but probably a really good version of a smoke beer.
bursprak (2300) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Clear brownish pour with some red hues and a firm head. Notes of camp fire, smoke, sweet malts, caramel and some light grains.
melush (2657) - SPAIN - MAR 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España. A: Dark amber / Ambar oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, smoked bacon, sweet / Malta tostada, bacon ahumado, dulce.
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear copper color, big tan head. Aroma of smoke, smoked chesse, smoked ham. Taste is light bitter, light to medium sweet. Flavor of smoked ham, caramel, sugar. Medium to full body, soft to medium carbonation.
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beige head and good black-brown body. Nice leather aroma. Flavour is sweet leather, molasses, chocolate syrup, sugar, beef jerky, very meaty and in your face. Well defined and balanced. Nice beer but a bit heavy and smoky. Worth a try if you like a good earthy smack in the face.
Beersiveknown (4974) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at PO Vaults
immediate frazzles smoky bacon aroma on opening the bottle dark brown but clear with dense beige pillowy head, lots of beechwood smoke with some coffee and chocolate in behind, full bodied, clean, smokey, moderate carbonation, bacon, slight woodiness, low bitterness - rauch star.
Bosskie (718) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful clear dark beer with ruby highlights, weak head and lots of bubbles.
Smell is bbq, wood and smoke. Hint of honey and caramel. Leather. Fresh cheese, nuts.
Taste is watery sweetish with subtle bitterness. Oily and smooth. Smoke and bbq of course. Caramel and hint of honey. Some dark fruit.
markoijelena (2051) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAR 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l from Vlada.Taste at Beerville beer shop Belgrade Serbia with Vlada.Ciaoooo! 09.01.2016.Pour it dark brown color with small head.Aroma smoked meat.Taste smooth smoked meat with slighty sweet caramel taste, also pinch of rust flavour.Very nice.
Kauge (1530) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 29, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a bottle at de Tolly in Tartu. Well-well-well. I knew I wouldn’t enjoy this! Extremely smoky, reminding me of very greasy smoked pork... I did get the Bock behind the greasy smokiness, but it didn’t help much, I just couldn’t convince myself into appreciating this very much. But as it’s become quite widely available, I’ll try and give it another try.