EricTeusink (107) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was brought to me by sister-in-law for providing her co-worker with a bit of free legal advice. After my first experience with a smoked beer was pretty awful, I tried this brew with great trepidation. Imagine my delight at the complex flavors presented by this beer. The smell of smoke and malts blends well and reminds me of camping trips with my dad and grandfather. Pours nearly black with a solid tan head. Flavor is smoked with just little bit of bitterness and malt. Like this beer and will try again. Bottle - Gift from Sister-In-Law
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Black colour. Big brown head, good lacing. Smoky roasty pleasant aroma indeed. Good filling mouthfeel. Flavour of roasted malt and smoke along with chocolate and mild coffee. Væl smakkandi tjúkmyrk bjór.
Beersiveknown (1617) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Bottle at home from drinkstore
Dark brown with fluffy tan head. Smoky, chipotle slightly bacon. Quite wood smoky, very fruity finish, low carbonation, sweet full bodied, toasty barley. Fab
Ingevara (711) - SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee colored. Stiff head, slowly disappearing. Smoky fragrance, smoky flavor, some sugar, coffee, dark chocolate and bitter herbs. A decent porter but nothing special.
Abijen (203) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s quite dark in here so I dont which color this beer has. It looks great. I like the smell. Smokey and some fruity tones. The taste is great too. Burnt and roasty. The palate fits in great with this one.
Cuso (2646) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bierzwerg.de. Almost black colored beer with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, smoke. Taste, initially roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, than smoked ham, sausages arrives. Smokey finish. Enjoyable beer.
AlchemikalGab (33) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl Bottle @ home, bottled in 2012. I’ve just poured this clear, dark brown liquid, with ruby reflexes in the light and a thick creamy mocha-coloured head. Light smokey aroma, espresso coffee, ash, some dark honey sweetness coming through as it warms up. Super silky in the mouth, full, smokey taste, not much of the sweetness in the aroma left, but still strikingly balanced, not as aggressive as many german rauchbiers are. Leaves a light but lasting coffee impression in the mouth. Very nice, I’d really like to try it along with some food to pair with.
Sigmund (4166) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, kindly shared by abemorsten. Black colour, moderate tan head. Lovely and balanced aroma between the smoked and roast malts. Roasty and smokey flavour too, but here the notes of "smoked sausage" come through a bit too strong for my taste.
Jow (1375) - New York, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2004 shared by AZ crew. Glad they aged this as its still hugely smokey and i’d imagine any harsher would be borderline unpleasant tasting. pours jet black with one finger head. nose of delicious frying pan of bacon. Tastes of super amounts of smoky bacon, some peat straight from islay, maple syrup, chocolate, and woody. Kinda beats you over the head in flavor but thats what I need now and again
ClubGonzo (2695) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a near-black deep dark brown body with a large caramel-hued creamy head which fades quickly. Nose is smoke, tar, leather, tobacco, deep malty tones and hints of dark chocolate and licorice in a very delicate harmony. Incredibly pleasant. Taste is mellow dark malts up front, then leather which turns into tar and smoke, dark chocolate, licorice and burnt toast in the finish. Sweet, smokey aftertaste with beautifully contrasting burnt sugar and caramel tones. Full body, rich and creamy, with a medium carbonation serving just perfect to propel the flavors and aroma. This is like a symphony in my mouth, and one of the few American top beers that have actually surpassed my expectations lately. A great beer, worthy of its high rating.