ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Draught sample at Hop Devil Grill on 1/13/07
Smoked beers either seem to have an extremely frothy, large, well-retained head, with strong lacing, or else a poor, rapidly fizzling head with no lacing. This was the former. Honey-bronze body is transluscent, but otherwise quite hazy, while the head is off-white with a slight butter tint to it. Plenty of carbonation in the liquid.
Strong banana and creamy wheat in the nose, with, oddly, smoked malt derived phenols (plastics, band-aids, black pepper, etc...) but almost no actual smokiness. Medium to medium-high attenuation suggested from the nose, which is more full and thick from the wheat and ester/phenol complexity than any actual strong sweetness. There is some moderate caramel and rich honey-bread-like notes, however, which help balance the spicy phenols/esters, but also seem to further drown out any real smokiness. A bit of lightly singed wood seems to be the extent, maybe a touch of saltiness. Medium strength of aroma, overall, with no alcohol noted.
Plentiful wheat swept on by a tight carbonation really sets the palate awash in creaminess, as sweet vanilla, banana and caramel notes play about in equal fashion. A bit of gumminess and slight blanding from the wheat, with a touch of paperiness towards the end, detract somewhat, but the band-aid-like phenols, soft, wooden smokiness and very strong, creamy texture, with emerging brown sugar notes upon warming, help bring back interest. Very light for a weizenbock, in the flavor profile, though as mentioned, the body is strong and supportive. Not thin or watered down in any way, but it almost reminds me more of a robust hefe-weizen than a weizen bock, much less a smoked weizen bock.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz sample at HDG. I wasnt really liking this one much especially since I expected more smoke. Pours a deep yellowish gold with a nice lasting fluffy almost white head. Aroma is just a hint of smoke but dominated by fruity esters like banana and apples with hints of pear and clove spice. Flavor is yeasty and a bit dirty, just hints of smoke on the edges of the tongue, but mostly takes a backseat to the traditional hefe flavors like fruits and spice. Overall it doesnt have the traditional phenolics like vanilla found in their regular brooklyner weisse, so it may be another strain they are using, or a differnt temp. Seems a bit too strong though. More smoke would have been nice.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 on tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Hazy orange in appearance, medium fluffy off white head. Alot of fruit in the aroma, banana and apple and quite spicy. Taste is alot of sweet malt, and fruit, loads of spices with smoke in the background. Very full bodied, with a sweet fruity and moderately spicy finish. Smoke too far in the background, too sweet for the style.
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy, orange yellow color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana, clove, toasted bread, and faint smoke. Taste of much of the same, with the banana and clove dominating, with bubblegum, and a dry, charred smokiness resides in the back. Some alcohol in the finish.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hop Devil Grill, Daze of the Devil Strong Ale Festival. Pours a cloudy orangish-brown; off-white head with good retention and lacing. Plenty of bubble gum, cloves, and the slightest hint of smoke in the aroma (suggests vanilla more than smoke). Chewy, sweet and yeasty profile: lots of bananas and cloves and esters, with the minimal smoke adding a layer in there. Ends slightly warm and sugary.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hop Devil. The commercial description for this one is dead on. This tasted to me like a strong, sweet, really spicy hefe, and was absolutely delicious. Aroma of strong cloves, wheat, candy apple. Flavor was more of the candy apple with powerful yeasty esters. Very complex and drinkable.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Very hazy deep orange beer with a thick white head. Gorgeous brew. Big banana, clove, orange and bubble gum aroma as well as a soft caramelly sweetness. Intensely wheaty on the nose as well, with the wheaty spice playing off of the spicy yeast. Flavour is also wheaty and very creamy. Soft beechwood smoke retronasally. Full, bready palate. Sweet banana and brown sugar. Doesn’t drink like an 8.2% beer.