Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never seen so much sediment before. Benjamin may have said it best: ’Tastes like I’m drinking a tree, that’s been slightly barbequed.’ One was enough for me, gotta go with the consensus and agree that this is definately an acquired taste.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2003 After lots more smoked beers for comparison, I'd say this is too thick and hammerhead! Original: Even though I don't like it that much (pauliefrog99 says it's an acquired taste and I agree), it is clearly a well-crafted ale. Looks like a dark scottish ale; big, thick carbonation arising from the deepest caramel color you ever saw. Smoke aroma, and some sweetness. The flavor changes, yes, as it warms, to sweet, salt, smokiness, and something strangely burnt that has got the very tip of my tongue all tingled and I can't figure out why. A weird, strange brew that warms even weirder.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cold, the smokey flavor dominated. However, when warmer it starts with a nice fruity flavor (with a subtle bitterness) and finishes smokey. The smokeiness reminds me of Mezcal. Very thick, moderate head. Let it warm up.
tourette (224) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a yummy, chewy ale. Very thick and complex. I really like it, though it certainly gets better as it warms. Cold its alright, but at almost room temperature, its wonderful. Quite a bit of alcohol too, as one of these gave me a pretty good buzz.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong smoke smell and taste. It reminded me of smoked bacon. Thick syrupy texture. I picked up some salt. also. Strange. It gets better as it warms. An acquired taste for this one.
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was really looking forward to this, and I thought it was a dissapointment. Very think, I’m not sure it was even an Ale like it says on the bottle. Had a hint of carmel in it but the thickness of this was just to much for me.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bells Batch 5000 would make a wonderful dessert beer. This ale poured ruddy brown in colour and lacked signifigant carbonation. I found the style to be similar to scotch ales--having that sweet caramel, apple flavor. The body was thick and chewy. This beer ended with sustained smokiness, mild bitter, and alcoholic warmth. Very high end and interesting. Excellent craftsmanship.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting style. Deep dark red color, full-on aroma and taste. Very much like an Old Ale, or a cross between that and a barleywine. Fruity, complex. Good late fall/early spring beer. Extremely strong malty flavor.