Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of nimbleprop, thank you sir! Hazy very pale yellow, fluffy white head. Really nice juicy aroma, but I can’t read my handwriting well enough to know why I liked it so much. The taste is earthy with a soft sourness on a nice background of campfire.
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Jason. Pours yellow gold with white head. Nose and taste of beef jerky, BBQ pit, smoked pork, smoked banana, smoked wheat, smoked wood and lightly soured wheat. The smoke is perfect - not overdone, but very smoky. None of the "off notes" that some smoked beers acquire. Tons of fresh BBQ, smoked pork and jerky. Lighter than medium body. A total home run.
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden / yellow color with an averaged sized head. Initially I was getting some band-aids in the aromas. Smoke, wheat, woody, fruity and some some funk. Another different and nice.
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle pours a hazy, lemony yellow with some fading, white head. Nose has plenty of smoke, very oaky, a little mesquite-y too, some burnt wheat chaff, some bright salinity, a little bit like a barbecued oyster. Flavor has bright lemon, plenty of vitamin C, smoke is second really to the acid, mild straw. Bright, acidic finish. Interesting for the style.
radagast83 (5811) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a hazy white yellow color with a small wispy white head. Flavor was pretty nice tart notes, with some light salt. Enjoyable.
solidfunk (5470) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice - does a wonderful job of bringing various elements together. Smoke well-integrated, with lots of tart passion fruit or lemon in the aroma. Hazy yellow pour without much head or lacing. Thanks to Andy for this one.
ben4321 (4827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location: Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
Aroma: The aroma is smokey and sour, oak, plenty of meat, and some sour wheat
Appearance: It pours a hazed yellow-golden color with a nice head and decent lacing as well
Flavor: Just a great mix of the smokey flavors and the sour wheat, really works nicely
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, with a solid drinkability, a smokey finish
I was impressed by this one. I quite enjoyed how the whole combination works. Its pretty unique as well. Well done here.
bytemesis (4747) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, with thanks to nimbleprop! Pours hazy orange golden, medium white head, dissipates fairly slowly leaving good lacing. Aroma is quite smokey, oak bonfires, some lemon. Flavor is light sweet, very light bitter, quite smoky but not meaty, lemon zest contributes to a light tartness, a bit of fresh cut hay underneath. Light body, medium soft carbonation. Very drinkable. Winner!
obguthr (4682) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smoke, brisket, light crabapple undetone. Milky yellow, headless. Tart crabapple, lemon on front, surge of smoke on the back. Light body, pleasant level of tartness. Exemplary.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle at the Bellport Charity Dinner. I was very surprised by the pour of this beer. I know it is a wheat beer, but with a name like Vlad the Inhaler, I was expecting something dark and mysterious. This beer is probably the most densely opaque ale I have come across and is approximately the color of banana flesh with a moderate white head. Pretty cool looking actually. Pleasant aroma of very mild smoke along with some wheat grain. The flavor is in a word, excellent. It begins with lemon and bitter orange and is followed by a wash of mellow wood smoke. Mild bitterness at the finish. Light-medium bodied. Between the Hellsmoke Porter and now this beer, and I have to say this brewer excels at smoked beers. Well done!