Jimthechap (1566) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep red to mahogany in colour with a good finger of cream coloured head that left some good lace. So a quick sniff says that it is smoky. The inner geek cries, yes but what sort of smoke! So in order to feed the nerd, there is maple smoke, manuka bark and burnt caramel. Throw in woody char and you’ve got it. I’m not too sure about beech smoke though. I could be extremely wrong and it uses nothing but Bamberg beech smoked malt but it has every aroma of a dry manuka log thrown on a fire. This is an aroma I am much more au fait with. I do like it though. A lot.
In the mouth there is a lightish body with plenty of coarse carbonation. Aside from smoked bacon and woody smokiness, there is a slightly soapy character toward the front of the tongue. It isn’t off-putting but I doubt I would have two in a row due to sensory overload anyway. Did I like this beer? Absolutely. A perfect partner for some cold ham or charcuterie and some creamy cheese. Black cherry on the finish makes this beer all the more enticing.
3fourths (7884) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woody and nutty first impression gives way to more animal fat / pork skin meatiness from the smoke, almost like bacon but without the recognizable charred meat and salt character. Yeast gives it some cream / milk notes and there’s a mild off-note of makeup powder. Malt sugars provide burnt plum and cola notes, and there’s a swelling note of game-y rosemary and metal / iron which comes across a bit like elk meat. Medium body, low bitterness, mildly ashy and astringent roast and char, medium+ sweetness. The aroma is interesting and there’s a lot of different smells to find, so it’s complex but complicated, and doesn’t give me any sense of wonder. Overall it has some potential but I would like to see it cleaned up some.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 1 and batch 2 tasted side by side, courtesy of Greig and Alex, thanks! Both are clear dark ruby amber color, and batch 1 is much more lively. Both have a nice aroma of subtle smoke and crispy burnt wood. Batch 1 has a sweeter taste, but both are nice balanced, subtle and smooth. Very tasty.
omega (681) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A beer from the Tron - very dubious! No surprises that they have a beer for slacking off. Actually didn’t mind the beer. Not overly full on the palate and poured a little like the Waikato (mucky brown). Not really a quaffer.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nothing to this except smoked salmon and bacon. so much smoke. a bit much to be brilliant but its quite great anyway.
Pdubyah (349) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smoko is our take on a Bamberg-style Rauchbier (literally "smoked beer"). Beechwood smoked malt gives a bacon-on-bread flavour, while the zesty European hops provide a zingy and refreshing bitterness to help wash down that tasty treat
I didn’t get "Zesty" or "Bacon" but I got a dark beer that I wasn’t expecting that has a decent smoke aroma, and a beer that has a decent smoke taste, but no a lot to back it with. But I did have a nice beer :-)