GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the 2nd of 2 beers that I had while visiting my bro and his family on Labor Day and it was a damn near perfect match for what he was cookin’. Meat was on the menu and it was BBQ’d up and mopped with some fine local (and not so local) sauces. This beer paired up incredibly well with the smoky/savory meat flavor, but here are my thoughts on the beer itself (and not my bro’s great BBQ). Aroma was smokey of course, and I never hide the fact that I love smoked ales or rauchbiers of any kind. I thought the smoky aroma was more pronounced that say...Stones Smoked Porter, but less than...Aecht Schlenkerla’s rauchbier. So this covers the middle ground for me. Appearance was black, tannish head with some dark brown highlights around the edges. Mouthfeel was creamy and coating but still not heavy somehow. Flavors were smoky malts, but there was a bit of ashyness there too like sniffing a fresh charcoal briquette. It was also a little sweet but balanced nicely by the smoky bitterness. I was greatly please that I had picked this to take with me and enjoy while having some great BBQ. It definitely made the whole thing just better.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(07.12.06) One pint 6 oz brown bottle from Liquid Solutions. 2005 vintage. 6.5% ABV. Rroasted malt and fruity (raisin?) nose. Poured opaque brown black with medium off-white head. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and roasted malt, expresso and chocolate flavors. Smoky peat flavor develops in the middle. Finished with light bitterness and roasted malt flavor. Smooth and creamy. Delicious.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very fishy tasting. Smoky. Love this beer. Very roasty taste, easy to drink. Damn near close to black, dark, dark brown. Head is basically non-existant after less than a minute. Mmmmm.
after4ever (7538) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Good night, the price on these is up to $6.49 now. Used to be such a cheap treat. Best to confess up front that I’ve been completely thunderstruck by this beer for years and years now; I must be rating about my 75th bottle. Pours jet black with a huge sudsy, almost bread-like (looking) tan head. Lots of smoke and char on the nose. Big beef jerky, smoked, almost salty smoked, rich, brunt toast palate that’s tough to capture in words. Medium body, lightish carb, forceful, aggressive beer but not in a domineering way. Easily the most sessionable smoke beer around, and a thoroughly commendable porter’s in there somewhere (not that the porter would be a big deal without the smoke, just saying). Wonderful stuff--a perennial favorite that never disappoints.
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Deep brown color with creamy head. Sweet aroma with tar, juniper, some coffee and tobacco. Great aroma! Sweetish and malty flavor with tar and some bitterness. Tar, juniper, whisky and pepper in the finish. Very pleasant, the smokiness in noticeable but not overpowering.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby with a small creamy head. It smells like a campfire with hints of roasted marshmellows and coffee. The flavor is a smokey roasted malt, yet not overpowering the complexites of the beer. Nice mild bitterness that slowly lingers in the mouth. This is a perfect beer for us Northwest peeps, especially when the rain and fog slowly creep in for the fall.
UPDATE: just opened a cellared 2007 bottle. All I can say is out standing. The smokiness is strong yet mellow.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, 2005 vintage, courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thanks, Harry! Pours a pitch-black center, brown around the edges; tan head with good retention and lacing. Nose is very smoky, roasted, showing milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. The palate is fantastic (I’ve dumped highly-rated smoked beers before as being undrinkable; hardly my favorite style): the smoke is well-integrated into a full mouthfeel: charred malts, toasty vanilla, chocolate and (what I can only describe as) an inky, viscous component. Long, slightly dry finish showing bitter chocolate and smoke. An excellent, drinkable smoked beer.
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 <<<RE-RATE 20-July-08>>>
2001 Vintage. 16 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. This beerheld up exceptionally well. All of the previous traits shone through, and the campfire smokiness was even more integrated. Lovely beer.
2007 Vintage. 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA. Pour is mostly all black, with just a touch of brownish ruby swirling around. A perfect khaki head sits atop. Aroma of fireplace embers, though a bit wetter (campfire). Taste is really nice, roasty chocolate and coffee malt tones are balanced nicely with the camp fire smokiness. The somkiness completes well beyond the finish. An exceptional beer in this style, would have been wonderful with BBQ. 8,5,8,4,16 (4.1)
<<<ORIGINAL RATING 25-Oct-06>>>
2006 Vintage. Sampled at GABF, I loved this beer, certainly my favorite of the smoked genre. 7,4,7,4,16 (3.8)
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque oily brown with small short lasting head. Mild butterscotch faint smoked ham aroma. Gentle mouth puckering tart palate. Lightly cola sweet medium roasted malt and dry flavours. Best integrated smoked
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bomber. Translucent dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin but lacy tan head. Aromas of smoke, coffee some and molasses, vaguely reminiscent of bacon. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The taste starts sweet, with doffee and roasty malt. Smoky bitter finish. When you’re in the mood for a beer like this it really hits the spot.