OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the 2011....Did not pour as thick as I thought it would. Black as night with about 1 finger head which lasted only about a minute. Aroma was of rasted malts and medium smokiness. After one year the smokiness has died down considerably. Taste is roasted malts up front followed by a nice character of smoke. A medium to heavy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Looking forward to comparing the past few years with next years.
ogivlado (4990) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 650ml. -Thanks a lot my darling Ines for bringing this from Amsterdam. Black coloured, medium sized pale brown head, smoke and mild bacon in the nose. Roasted malt, smoke, wood and bacon with hint of chocolate in rather bitter finish. Nice one...but expected more...
EricTeusink (122) - 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 (10300) - 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 (1625) - 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 (216) - 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 (2667) - 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 (34) - 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 (4222) - 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 (1382) - 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