DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge, stemmed glass. Thick off-white head, but a calm one, over a deep brown beer that seems clean, but doesn’t let through any of these low bar lights. Difficult to get a good nose before tasting. The frist sip suggest a stout with cherry, and a slight pucker, like a shot of Jägermeister. Traces of anise now coming in through the nose. Kind of fizzy, reminds me of the bottled kvass in Russian or Polish deli. Very good, but very hard to pin down. There’s some good dark roastiness here rather than big smoke. Like a smooth Schwarzbier. Tartness resolves to some strawberry and currant. Finishes with a dry note contradicted by brewing sugar.
Alengrin (2618) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Presented as a ’smoked bock’ with five malt types and three hop varieties. Light beige, thin head, colour dark brown with ochre glow. Typical Rauchbier aroma of smoked meat, toasted bread, dried herbs, liquorice, red berries; taste a woody, bitter chocolatey maltiness, dry, clearly smoky but the smoke malt appears to be well-balanced against the other malts and is therefore not too overpowering, some dried fruits, hop bitter finish, bit of solvents. Another of their endless experiments but not the most successful at least to my personal taste.
JefVerstraete (1671) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of light roasted malts with acidic notes. Some caramel and spices and very light smoky taste.
pivnizub (9100) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille: Hazy, deep amber coloured, medium-sized off-white head; peated malt (not really smoked?), toasted malt, some fruits and a certain yeasty acidity in the nose; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, again with a delicate acidity, medium bodied; dryish and a bit tart yeasty and roasty finish. O.K., but more smoke please…
MarcoDL (2446) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoked beer with the special Alvinne twist. Rauchmalt, combined with a spicey herbal yeast. Very nice.
deanso (5825) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at a delft beer tasting.
Thick tan head. Clear black pour. Smokey aroma and aftertaste. Nice brew
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark beer with a beige head. Very lively. Slightly gushing. Aroma of smoked bacon and dark malts. Mild fruitiness in the nose as well. The smokiness is more outspoken in the taste. Smoked bacon again, nice soft bitterness at the end as well. Burned malts and caramel present. Very good beer!
Noctilucus (102) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark burgundy, nearly black or at the least very dark brown, a great deal of lasting brown foam, almost looks like a stout. One you need to pour carefully because of the massive foam generation.
The nose is smoked (no surprise here considering the name), almost ash with a sour undercurrent, very much in line with expectations.
The taste is pretty consistent, strongly smoked with a stoutish sour and some additional bitterness.
Absolutely to my liking, I would certainly recommend this to fans of smoky beers!
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
30th September 2009
On tap at Borefts I. Clear dark red - brown beer. Minerally nose. Crisp light palate. Tangy malty toffee with a trace of bubblegum. None of it sweet! The smoke is very light. A contrasting bitter aftertaste.
GBZ59 (1182) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAY 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella de 330ml. Copa Globo. Saboreada en may´12. Color marrón oscuro. Capa beige, tupida y persistente. Aromas sutiles de maltas Bamberg y notas florales. Entrada de malta picante redondeada por ligero amargor con toque avinado. Cuerpo medio-ligero y carbonatación moderada. Retrogusto afrutado y matices de barrica. Refrescante con agradable asimilación.
330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Dark brown color. Beige, lasting, close head. Subtle Bamberg malt aromas & floral notes. Spicy malt upfront rounded by slightly bitterness with vinous touch. Medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Woody & fruity aftertaste. Refreshing with pleasant drinkability.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Brick Store Pub, Decatur. Went down nicely on a chilly early March afternoon. Deep translucent amber pour with a potent, frothy head. Nose of moderate smoke and char with hints of citrus, caramel malts, and sharp yeasty easters. Mouthfeel a bit underdone, could be fuller. Some dark fruits in the taste, where the smoke comes on just a bit more than in the nose. Not an especially memorable beer but pleasant under the right circumstances.