brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beuatiful mahogany and black wlanut color and a good mouthfeel - not too thin, not overly viscous. But the aroma and serious liquid smoke flavor were too much for me. I’m not a fan of Scots ales to begin with, so ratcheting the smoke up a notch into this style probably wasn’t a good choice for me. My first and last smoked beer unless someone can convince me otherwise ...
Ernest (7284) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body
is murky dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (dark bread, molasses), with a strong note of
smoke, light note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately
acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic,
lightly bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation,
moderately alcoholic. Quite sour and syrupy with a burning finish, and
I’m not a big fan of smoked stuff, so this one was rather disappointing
jsquire (4122) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’m one of the nay-sayers on this one. I remember not liking batch 4000 either. I have another bottle of this that I will cellar for a year or two, but for now, I just don’t enjoy this beer. Deep red color with a thin tan head and a smell of greasy, smoked bacon. I like smoked beers, but not this one. Maybe its the smell, but it tastes greasy. It is cloyingly sweet like mixing your pancake syrup with smoked canadian bacon for breakfast. It would be better with food, I suppose, but I would take any other Bell’s over having to drink another one of these.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smoke, burnt tobacco, smoke, roasted malt, smoke. This is a very good meat marinade but does nothing for me as a beer, just way over the top smoke.
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Unclear dark red amber color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, smoke - meat, modrate caramel, dark berry - raisin. Flavor is moderate to heavy plum - raisin sweet and moderate to heavy rubber - peat smoked bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Normal i like very much smoked beers but this was strange ! 
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2002
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
You know how your clothes smell after you have been sitting around a campfire all night, that is how this beer smells. And it is this beers initial taste. Only thing I like about this beer is its aftertaste and its appearance.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown color with minimal head. Smoky, beef jerky-like aroma. Excessively smoky with a very meat-like flavor as well. This one was tough for me.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cloudy, light brown appearance. This was a funny brew, you know that there is something wrong when some of the tasters notice hints of bacon and pork. He he. Vegetal, hoppy, smokey aroma. Extremely, if I could use an Oakes term, cloying, way too sweet. Yuck.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
1.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
As a former kzoo resident and a firm supporter of Bells brewery I must sadly say I was disappointed with Larry Bell’s work on this particular beer. I have had deep thick smoked beers before but what they had in complexity Bell’s has in an OVERWHELMINGLY medicine-like taste that haunts the palate like a bad case of crabs. Not to say Bells does not have a variety of fanastic beers its just as a fan I must say I am sorely disappointed in this batch
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2002
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like medicine, tastes like smokey medicine, and is relatively terrible. Gave it a 10 in overall because it was unique and took some creativity to come up with this.