yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2011 Bottle: Pours a dark cola brown with a foamy coffee colored head.
Aroma is faint notes of smoke and roasted malts and a touch of chlorine.
The taste is salt and smoke with some bitterness and an almost ashtray finish. The aftertaste is cigarettes.
The body is medium with a thin texture and no real carbonation to speak of.
Overall I am really disappointed in this beer. I saw the 99 rating and went out of my way to trade for this bottle. I was expecting something much more balanced than this one note wonder. If you like the taste of smoke and ash and cigarettes, this beer would be right up your alley. For me, I’ll be looking elsewhere.
Halfling_4132 (70) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance- solid cola black in colour with thick sandy brown foam. Aromas- Roasted aroma, salty smoked salmon with an underlying sweet vanilla. Palate- silky smooth, full bodied but light on the tongue. Taste- smokey roasted nuts, salmon, dark chocolate, overall- a complex and great tasting beer, really glad I tried and would happily drink again- had this for an end of 2nd year (uni) treat and it’s been worth the wait.
lokis333 (305) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - MAY 21, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost jet black color (torch bearly shines through) with nice thick brown foam. Aromas of smoked salmon, smoked carp, pepers and spices used in meat and fish? With notes of smooth dark malts, roasted nuts, dry sweet seaweed and light notes of wood, campfire smoke and charcoal. Palate, full body, creamy smooth texture leaving nice smoked dark malts and woody finish. Taste, smooth sweet of wood smoke, creamy dark malts, then develops into more salty dry wood taste. Overall, really nice, never smelled a beer like this, loved it! Was expencive but really worth it, would have it again and do recomend!
Scrumpy369 (265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at hopaholic. Black colour, head disappears immediately. Nose of cured meat. Taste is black ham with some smoke. Very nice smoked.
Johnstledger8 (627) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thin mostly lasting foamy light beige head. Aroma is of dark fruits, liquorice, chocolate, smokey. Taste is of dark chocolate, peaty, dark fruits, blackcurrant, fig. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Bubeer (261) - - APR 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with light brown edges. Sparse beige head. Aroma intensity 4/5. Toast, chocolate, malt, tomato and blackcurrant in the nose. The smoke really comes in the taste, alongside with oregano. Medium sweet. Bitter finish. Thin texture. Medium to full body
andrepintado (2477) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from lovecraft aveiro. Color is dark brown. Head is persistent and brown. Light sweetness, medium bitterness. Aroma is liquorice, wood smoke, fire, light chocolate. Pretty tasty.
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Mrk’s. Clear dark brown nearing black with light tan head. Very bbq smokey sweet chocolate malts, toffee, coffee, goodness. Light sweet, medium bitter. Very smooth smoke taste, well balanced, lovely in all the right ways.
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2012 shared thanks to Mrk. Black with small light brown head. Lots of smoke, BBQ, ash, espresso, cocoa beans, dark chocolate, dried chilies but without the burn, earthy, dried leaves. Light sweet and under medium bitter. Medium bodied with slick feel. Very nice.
Alebarasi (4) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - APR 4, 2016 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark-brown, tar like color with a beige head. Interesting smell of smoked salmon and roast. Light, easy-to-drink beer with a intense smokey & coffee-chocolate aroma and a stout note. Interesting beer indeed, would try it again, but its price is quite high :D
tillmac62 (640) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 vintage. Pours dark as a starless night. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and world class retention.
Nearly world class nose of rich smoked malt that delivers a nice campfire bacon aroma. Had it been a bit more intense, it would have achieved world class status. Underneath roll light roast, chocolate and hop notes.
Heavy medium body with a smooth and somewhat creamy texture. World class carbonation that provides a burst in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The body / carbonation ratio is perfect and really allows the flavor to open up.
The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Surprisingly, the smoked malt delivers a subdued campfire bacon flavor, not the delicious intensity of Schlenkerla. In other words, this one is balanced better. This balance, or lack of smoke intensity, allows the other flavors to shine. Light bitter bakers chocolate, hints of molasses and a light hop spiciness appear from the middle on. Bitterness is light and has both a hop and roast character. As middle bitterness begins to fade, sweetness (caramel, molasses) maximizes and smoked malt comes to the forefront. It delivers a slight campfire bacon flavor but is mostly oak smoke. The finish is slow sweet fade that leaves a lingering oak smoke and just a hint of dryness.