MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle split by Madvike, Thanks Matt. Booze and LOTS of smoke on the nose. Flavor is smoke, but not dominating. Leather, tobacco, brown sugar are all in there too. Solid
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from motortoddhead...THANKS TODD! - Pours rosy brown with a thin tan ring of head. Nice light smoked meat note--I assume the smoke has faded over the years, never having this fresh. It still has sweetness in there--toffee and buttery sweetness. Lots going on in the taste. There’s lots of dark chocolate, a lightly charred woodiness, caramel, candi sugar, leather, tobacco. Still boozy on the finish, and a bit thinnish, with slightly biting carbonation. Tastes vaguely like a light-bodied Adam. This was better than I thought it’d be, and now I wish I could have had it fresh.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear brown with no head, just a small ring. Aroma is smoky, reminds me of bacon. Body is medium-full. Flavor is smoky with sweet caramel, and a little candied fruit in the finish.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle on this beer gave a murky amber brown. Pretty decent smoky aroma in your nose. Strong almost harsh quality in your mouth with plenty of malt cola like qualities for flavor. Sweet malt pervades through the sample with some caramel and molasses. Happy to try it.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My notes on this beer are primarily on speed dongs and fast fallacies. This seemed to have held up remarkably well though. Consumed mid 2011. Some doughy molasses and high meat smoke. Though smoke character seems to have faded. Good. Wish I could have tried this fresh, but I was even younger and stupider back then.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Clear orange-yellow pour with very little carbonation. Tons of smoke on the nose with notes of toasted caramel. Flavor has a light sweetness and is meaty, almost with the flavor of miso. Smokiness throughout with a bitter finish.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to ryan. The pour is a flatter, clear, deep amber. Yellow bubbles. Nose is toffee, caramel, miso soup and seaweed. Lots of savory miso soup (odd). Taste is savory with big miso soup, mild smoke, ash, orange mint, sweeter toffee. Very soft smolder. Not too smokey in that sense. Comes across much more as a soft smolder atop olderbarleywine.
Travlr (20881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan, thanks! Bright and clear amber brown, no head. Aroma of cigars and cigarettes. Taste starts sweet than rapidly sets itself on fire and smoulders. Fascinating.
phaleslu (9251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from drewbeerme- thanks again, Andrew! The pour depends on what part of the bottle you get- the first half is a clear cola brown and the second half is a super muddy brown, neither of which have any head to speak of. Aroma of smoke, cream, caramel malts, rusted metal, and pork. Flavor of smoked pork, cream, caramel malts, fruit, and tons and tons of brown sugar. Smoky, sweet, milky mouthfeel with no carbonation and a medium body. Weird beer, and wonder what this would have been like closer to January 2002. Still glad to try it.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours department ruddy brown. Nose is light smoke and malt. Flavor goes more To the smoke side, like a camp fire with dried fruit.