Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 vintage. Almost black coloured. Smoked aroma of bacon. The flavour is roasty, malty and smoked. Soft mouthfeel. Mild and pleasant.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn! I should’ve cellared this for a while....I have no patience. Last one I had was vintage 2000, I believe, this one is 2003: It pours with a rocky head that’s pretty small; not an overly smoked aroma, but it’s there; oh, man, this is good, rich maltiness followed by a lingering bitterness wrapped in camp fire smokiness; espresso and bittersweet chocolate flavors
; next time I’ll get two and cellar one. cases, that is
brewcat (5) - USA - MAY 4, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
God placed alder wood on this earth to make this beer. A wonderful smoky aroma that curls up your nose. It pours a black opaque with a small tan head. The aroma is of beef jerky, campfire smoke, hickory sauce; smoky but kinda sweet. The palate followed the nose with roasted, smoky flavors; burnt toast, beef jerky. The bitterness was nice and sustained to balance the late sweetness/smoke. A great/bold beer.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1998 reserve, yeaaaaaah boyeeeee!!! thick and bready tan head that leaves quicly, but strong lacing stays all along the dges. black body w/ brown/red edges. beef jerky nose. chocolate coffee flavor, slight jerky flavor. super smooth hop exit and smoked malt aftertaste. sauteed raisins flavor after warming. nice fine carbonation for 6 years’ wait. I’d have scored the Adam better if the cigar flavor was more like the alaskan’s alder smoke flavor.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a delight. Dark/black body with a creamy tan head. Complex flavors. Licorice, chocolate, coffee,roasted malt. Smokey and delicious. One of the best smoked beers I have ever had.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Smoked ham aroma, jet black colour with no head. The taste improves throughout the sample. At first the smokiness and the oily roastiness seem disjointed and there is little balance, but with time the smokiness takes over, and that is a good thing! A very good beer in its class although I have no doubt that this would not be everybody's thing.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Smokey, meaty aroma. Flavor of malt and smoke. The smoke flavor is not the overpowering ashtray flavor that other smoked beers have.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of those beers I've been aching to try for years, and, thanks to Liquid Solutions, I've got my chance.
I can smell the smoke before popping the cap, somehow...and it pours black as the wintry night sky, with a thick, toasted tan head atop.
Aroma hits it's mark immediately: SMOKE! Surprise, huh? With underlying...nah, I can't pick it up...I arch the old olfactory glands wider to perceive greater and clean the usual porteristic characterics and they're very well hidden underneath that smokeyness. Some of them are down there, somewhere, but they're totally dominated.
Taste: ...yup, it's all in the flavor, too! Very smooth and mellow, malt is full and damnit, wouldn't you know, that smoke effect is actually pretty tasty! And, mmmm, I'm tasting the cocoa and the coffee, too, just underneath.
Quite an interesting and enoyable beer, one that I'll make an effort to return to again and again, to see if I can pull out more from it. As for this big, beautiful bottling, I had quite a time.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black with a tan head. Nose is definitely smokey. I usually don't care for smoked beers. This one was good. A little on the thin side. The smokiness masks some essence of coffee and fruit.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is heavy smoke with malts underneath. The appearance is darker with active brown head and thin quickly discipating. Thaste is smokey but not offensive, malts in bakck with hops finish at the back of tounge.