Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at the Gettysburg location. Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, berries and smoke. The taste is smoke, berries and a finish of toasted malts. Medium bodied. Pretty good.
BvilleBronc (85) - Biglerville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour from neighbors growler. thanks greg!! clear amber/brown with no head. Get some smoke in the nose along with some caramel. taste is bbq. that’s it. the taste is bbq but mellow bbq. decen but not great. In the beer’s defense, i don’t think the growler’s seal was so good. (screw cap style) really long acidic/bittler finish not my favorite from ABC but i tend to blame the growler and If i sample this again I will rerate.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome smokey and malty aroma, almost like smoked bacon or sausage. Poured dark brown, little head but very clear. The flavor was very smokey, but not burnt or ashtray, also some malty sweetness, very little hoppiness. Overall very good, will definately become a go-to beer for me at ABC.
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at the Brewery in Gettyburg and it compares really well to the one I had in Bamberg early this year. Plenty of smoke, a nice head, a little more carbonation that the German ones but more taste overall and a cleraner finish.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ ABC Harrisburg. Deep amber/brown with a small tan head. Very smoky and roasty with a bit of spicy German hop and malt aromas. The smoke hits you first and then the malt sweetness comes in and a roasty bitterness. Very nice balanced smoked beer.
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had 2 of these at the Gettysburg brewpub. Poured a nice clear brown amber with minimal bubbly offwhite head. Aroma is roasted malts, slight caramel sweetness and a bit of booziness. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet toffee and roasted bitterness with a good layer of smokiness that adds to but does not overpower the taste. Slight alcohol warming presence. Once of the best I’ve had there. Almost always happy with appalachian’s products.
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Harrisburg location. Pours a clear amber orange body with a small beige head. Nice smoky and heavy toffee malt on the nose with a bit of light roast coffee. The flavor is quite smoky and sweet, a great combo for my tastes. Nice heavy toffee malt, toasty, some burnt caramel, and a nice quaffable level of smokiness. Mouthfeel is full and fairly thick but not overly cloying or sticky. A little too fizzy on the carbonation maybe, but it’s not overly distracting. Very nice. Rauchbocks are awesome.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Gettysburg brewpub. Slightly smoked aroma. Lovely copper body, very little head. Flavor is appropriate smoked meat, medium sweet. Very good.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at brewpub- a nice example- not for everyone in terms of style choice, and this one kicks you at first with some liquidy smoke and bacon bbq pit smoke, but then it becomes a part of the beer rather than the predominant flavor- not a go to style for me, but not bad.
Nejhleader (1239) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow this was surprising really good. has a nice strong smoked element to it, with a nice malt kick, tastes like a really well smoked lager.