DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is so big I would not have been suprised to see smoke escape from the top of the bottle and burning embers inside. This is a clean and solid bock completely blanketed by smoke. Slightly bitter finish, hints of salt. So much smoke yet still balanced.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby tinted brown with a nearly non-existent head. Smoke pervades the nose to be sure. Medium to full bodied, the smoke goes out front, but swirling underneath one finds amazing complexity with caramel malts and some oaky notes. Soft mouthfeel.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found this when I found the Four Firkins. Great store, great beer. The smoke is so smooth, such deep hardwood and roasted malt. Not a bad price for this luxury. Need to buy again.
McGarnigle (619) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Bottle. Pop the cap and it smells like smoked almonds, but the flavor will prove to be more subtle. Appearance is like a schwarzbier or porter. Slightly light on the carbonation. Quite sweet with mellow smoke, but I donít know how old my bottle is--perhaps it should be smokier. Sort of a BBQ sweet+smoke thing going on, where the smoke holds the sweetness in check.
Re-Rate: just growing to like these more.
hezron (614) - 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.
gringo332 (610) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nasty aroma, but the flavor is not as intense thankfully. But I could smell it every time I sipped it so ruined it for me. bThe flavor was strong hickory smoked bacon with a light bitterness and dry maltiness and a light fruity hop presence. The finish was long, woody and smoky. Too one dimensional
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I used to hate any and all smoked beers, but Iíve really grown to enjoy them. This one is dark red, a little darker than the Marzen. The flavor also has a bit more malt. Extremely smoke dominated in the aroma and flavor. Smells and tastes like a liquid campfire....but in a good way! Iím not sure which one I enjoy more though, this or the Marzen. Iíll have to try both of them again.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My least favorite of the three beers. A strong smoke flavor like the rest, but not as smooth for me. The alcohol comes through well, maybe a little overpowering over all for me with this style. Iíd like to revisit this one.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Cask @ London Drinker Fest, 2008. Shared with Mes and Carlus12. Nose of bacon, malt, charcoal, smoke peat and bbq. Purs pitch black beer. Taste of mature cheese and bbq pork, some malt and hops. Realy nice.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours out a nice brown color which is somewhat clear witha a thick and sudsy tan headto it. Also it leaves some really nice lacing along the sides of the glass which happen to be long streaks with thick spots. The aroma is very intence and woody like that nice smell of someone being near a fire. As you drink it the floavor is very intence as well and full of hickory, and a nice bacon flavor. Bot so much meaty like but the smell of bacon being smoked on a smoke house with a hops finish and some malt to top it off. The palate is nice and warming, it tastes like beef jerkey. Kind of like you are sucking on the jerkey in the back of your mouth.