Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2005). Poured a semi-viscous dark brown with some ruby highlights straining to get through. The head was brown, two-fingers tall and receded fairly quickly. Little if any lacing. When I was 11 my Aunt’s house burned down. The aroma reminded me of wallking through the charred remains. As it opened up the smokey aroma blended nicely with roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is a very nice flow of smoke, roasted malt and some sweet chocolate and toffee or caramel. The finish was succinct with no sour aftertaste. Slick mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Very nice.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2005) A very dark brown, nearly black with orange edges when held to the light. medium and fading beige head. Of course the initial scent is smoke but underlying sweet malts, peat and cocoa. The smoke is obvious, but not overwhelming as other "Rauch" beers can be.. After about 2/3rds of this was finished, I started snacking on rosemary crackers and sharp cheddar cheese, the strong flavors seemed to neutralize some of the smokiness of the beer and the sweetness and complex subtle flavors really came through. This is a gem and I look forward to visiting the states this summer so I can have a few more of these. If you don’t like Rauch beers, give this a try, it might change your opinion. If you do like Rauch, this one won’t disappoint you!
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 22 oz bomber. Pours a deep brown almost black color with a small beige head. Strong smokey aroma with hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of smoked jerkey, roasted malts and wood chips. Smokey campfire aftertaste. Good, but not great. Was expecting more out of this one.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2005). Pours midnight black with a modest tan head. The smokiness is rather pronounced in the aroma, coupled with malt, chocolate, dark fruits, wood and maybe some licorice. Flavor is an intriguing blend of smoke, malt, some hoppiness, yeast and coffee. Very interesting brew. I would like to try different vintages of this!
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Aroma of smoke and eucalyptus. Sticky oily palate. Taste of smoke and burnt roastiness.
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 First thing you can smell is the smoke. Second is some roasty chocolate. Beer pours almost black with a bubbly white head that goes away quickly. Flavor is a little smoke first, some roasty maltiness, some sweetness, a little crisp hoppiness, and then lots of smokey flavor that really lingers. The smoky flavor coasts the mouth as the hoppy presences comes and goes. I liked this one so much that I was pretty much done with the bomber in 5 minutes. It was pleasantly drinkable and extremely amazing.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Tom/After4ever - thank you so much! It’s a black porter with a moderate, but creamy head. The aroma is smoky and so is the flavour, that is smooth, well rounded and has notes of licorice. In the finish I find a light bitterness and the smoke is closing the ball, just as it opened it! Nice, and if you are really into smoke, it must be fantastic. 2024
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting brew. Pours out a deep brown almost black color with a small off white head. aroma was smokey and very malty. flavor was kind of smokey, but not like an ash tray, with malts, fruits. Suprised at how nice it tasted. Smoked beers are not my thing.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 Bottle at Chris_O London bottlefest March 07. 2003 bottle, BBE 01/06. Very dark brown/black colour with thin beige head. Dark roasted oily malt aroma. Some smokiness, touch of bacon. Chewy, tarry, toffee. Lovely. Hint of black cherry, black berry on palate. Very good, nice intensity and drinkable. Been looking for it for years and it didn’t let me down. Finished the bottle after everyone else had tasted it. 4.3/5. re-rate 2012 it’s a Schlenkerla Marzen type beer. Enjoyable yes, but not Schlenkerla Marzen at the brewery. I think cos it was my first smoked beer I rated it so highly. 42nd birthday beer.
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
good smoky and earthy aroma, black in the middle with light brown edges, little carbonation. the flavor was not good by any means, maybe its just my palate, but I prefer a big imperial stout over this stuff anyday. wont buy it again, thats for sure.