Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
I don’t know where this came from, but it was a nice surprise. I only got a small sample unfortunately but I could easily have shared a half bottle with someone. The taste was a bit unusual so I can see how some people might hate it. Still, it is a nice change from the sour beers of earlier in the night.
Aroma / Appearance - Scents of hot sugar cured ham and used oil wafted out of the glass. It was sort of like Christmas dinner, if you held it at the local mechanics. The body was a caramel brown with no lacing or head.
Flavor / Palate - The initial sip was sweet and smoky. It reminded me of drinking a flat Dr Pepper in a smoke filled bar. If this were available again I’d buy a sixer for sure. The all too brief sample was enjoyable, fun and easy to drink. The finish was a little hot but it complemented the other characteristics well.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Ruby pour with a thin white head. Aroma of bacon, smoke, and sweet malt. Flavors of caramel malt, smoke and bacon. Thick, smokey/malty with a smokey/malty finish. This one held up pretty nice!
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoked malt flavor that is also a bit sweet. Packs a huge punch of alcohol and smoke flavor in the finish, a little more balance would have made this as good as their Old Ale.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange/light amber colour with a tan head. Smells like smoked cheddar. Tastes like smoked sausage. The best smoked beer I’ve ever had. Excellent!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very nice smoked beer. I happen to like smoked beers & this is an excellent representation of the style.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm, rauchbier. Deep, very cloudy auburn color. Very smoky nose, smells like mesquite smoking on a barbeque. Flavor is correspondingly very smoky. A little less smoked than the Bamberg rauchbiers, but still very good. Smokiness is well paired with dark caramel malts. Also get some maple syrup, has a nice, very subtle lingering sweetness. Palate is nicely full, a bit creamy. Wish I had some jerky to eat with it, would be a nice pairing.
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky plum red. Short brownish head. Big syruppy body still very well carbonated. Nose is heavily smoked but hovers nicely over the boozy rich barleywine woody spiced beer. Hops must have dropped out a little but are still hot. Molases, caramel, toffee and sweet cookie dough malts shortly overtake the hops. Pleasantly unbalanced. Sea water, smoke, cocoa, and vanilla. Once you get used to the smoke, the lighter flavours really show off the complexity of the beer. Excellent. Thanks mr_k.
DYCSoccer17 (3621) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle RBSG05. Smoked, bacon aroma. Smells kind of sweet for the style with some caramelly malts in the nose. Not bad. Hazy copper/brown color with a tan head. Smoked to start turning vinous and fruity with some caramel flavors and other spices. Vinous and hoppy to finish. This is magnificently flavored and extremely smooth. I want more.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via a friend. Sampled in a snifter. The beer pours to a very dark ruby body with a really creamy white head. The aroma is a nice smoked bacon. Interesting apple woods. A very nice smoky/malty balance. The flavor is nicely smoked malt mixed with a smooth meat/aged malt. The smoked wood flavors really come through. The palate is medium bodied, lightly tart with a nice texture. This one held up really nicely. So nice.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via Eyedrinkale. Pours a cloudy brown colored body under a small tight bubbled light brown head that fell to a whispy film and a thin ring. Aroma is an interesting combonation of campfire smoke with light oxidation notes of sherry and moderate alcohol. Some hefty maltiness going on here as well. The smoke is heavy and spot on after all this time still. Below that an almost aged barleywine like base rests comfortably. Lots of sherry and cardboard notes on the finish. A moderate amount of alcohol makes itself known also. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a heavy thick malty texture. The carbonation is still perfect as well. Lightly fizzy, very fine bubbled and soft. Quite an incredible beer really. The fact that this is so damn good after all this time is a testament to Bell’s brewing expertise.