Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a dark red-tinged brown with a small mocha head. Aroma is all sorts of goodness. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, and even some berries. Flavor is hard to describe. I dont think any other beer has given me this much trouble. At first it’s almost like an imperial stout. Then, the vanilla, bourbon, and oak flavors really come out.. The finish has a fruitiness to it I was not expecting at all. Very light smokiness. Incredible. Consider me blown away.
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s for his Black Friday Event. Pours a dark amber red body with nice laze. Aroma is raspberry, bourbon, oak, wood. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, raspberries, smokey malts, other fruits - definitely a unique brew as Im having trouble comparing to anything I’ve ever tried.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at capones. Sweet, smokey, woody, and raspberry. Some vanilla accents as well. Bullfrog is beyond leet.
alobar (2875) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, light smoke and bourbon. Complex flavor with vanilla, dark fruit, smoke and bourbon flavors. Very impressive flavor, color depth of character.
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a bit funky/sour on top of smooth malt notes. It pours dark amber brown with a decent head. The flavors of soy, sweet smooth malts balance out on a smooth finish.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
5oz pour from a flight at Capone’s. Pour is dark, sticky tree sap with an inch of beige head. Nose is smoke, caramel, dark fruits, and a boat load of malt. Taste is a fantastic dopple bock set on a smoker for half a day. This is truly a delicious take on the style. It starts with a dopple as solid as Celebrator and throws an artist’s taste of smoke into the mix. If you are a fan of dopple bocks, don’t pass on this brew as it is amazing.
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2010 On tap served in a snifter pour was a lighter black with no head or lacing.
Nose was bourbon,smoked wood and sweet malts.Taste was bourbon vanilla and light caramel. this has been one of the better dopples i have tried.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At brewpub. Dark brown, thick creamy-tan head. Bourbon-vanilla balance with hints of smoke in the nose, also a sawdusty oxidized-like note that stops there. At first the flavor comes off as partially integrated, some smoke and chocolate but too much bourbon. As I continued to sniff and sip, warmth showed a lot of separation but a totally unique combo. Lager base emerges, light grain notes, then partially covered by the bourbon. It’s all bourbon by the bottom of the glass. Went from interesting to unique to overdone in about 30 minutes.
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, from brewery. Pours a very dark brown, almost black pour with a frothy one finger light brown head that left minimal lacing. The nose is more roasty and bourbon forward than it is smoky. Lots of vanilla, charred wood, light alcohol, rather sweet smelling, burnt caramel, and just a touch of smoke. The flavor is heavy on the bourbon and vanilla, lightly smoky, lots of sweet caramel and some roast. Finishes with a kick of alcohol and lingering burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is rather thick and a bit sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. Rather warming on the finish. Pretty decent, not the easiest drinking beer to take down a growler of between two people, but with a sense of purpose, we were able to prevail. Doesn’t really fit the bill as a Smoked to me, but whatever.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt bread, smoked wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste of vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt toast, some smoke, roasted malts, bourbon, and light alcohol.