poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Aroma is smoked bacon, pure awesomeness. Pours hazy dark amber-brown with a medium collapsing beige head. Taste is everything I want in a smoked beer. Thereís not just a hint of smoke here like in a lot of examples of the style, this is a whole smoker jammed down your throat, filling all senses. Body could be fuller. Delicious!
puboflyons (1874) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. Copper bronze pour leading up to an of-white head. Busy carbonation. That aroma is 10 out of 10 for me! I love my smoked beers to smell like Iím standing next to a roaring bonfire and that is what I get from this. I barely care about the grainy malt character because Iím just about coughing with smokerís cough thanks to this sensational aroma! Medium body. The smokiness is a little muted in the taste but there is this fascinating cherry-like character, maybe from the cherry wood they used, that erupts on my palate. This is absolutely wonderful. Wish I picked up more than one!
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, Iím only the 3rd to rate this? What gives? Pours turbid deep copper with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is huge smoked caramel and Munich malt, some hops. Tastes caramel malty, smoky, with some earthy hops and a BBQ hot dog flavor that has enough sweetness to balance the smoked malt. Rich, complex palate. This is a world class rauch that I know would stand up well in a blind taste test, even with Aechty offerings, I think.
rangerred (861) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours clear deep ruby with a one finger white head. Good head retention with above-average lacing.
Aroma lets you know right off the bat that this one is quite smoky. Great bonfire/bacon aroma with a little bit of grass and fruit in the background from the hops. Heavy on the smoke, though, which I love.
The flavor is also very smoky but has some more complexities compared to the aroma. More campfire and ash but with some fruitiness from the yeast and perhaps the hops. There is some biscuity malt and caramel along with some molasses. Bitterness is on the light side but the sweetness remains restrained.
Overall, an excellent rauch and one of the better non-German examples I have had. Very drinkable.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a chestnut color with excellent clarity. French Vanilla white head, creamy and thick with lots of stickage. The aroma is quite meaty, reminiscent of beef jerkey or sausage. There is also some chocolate undertones. I am really impressed with the depth of in this beer. There are many dimensions of flavor that deserve to be explored. The label indicates that they used two types of smoked gains, one cured with cherrywood and the other with beechwood. The result is a delicious ensemble of wood, bbq, and rich smoked meat flavors. Joining in are some balancing malts, sweet and toasted bread in the end. Almost a citrus hoppiness too. This is a superb example of this style.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 5/14/2011. This smoked lager pours a medium reddish amber color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing. The aroma is smoke, some caramel, some fruit and some more smoke. A medium to light bodied smoked lager. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation. The smokiness is in every aspect of this beer. It is pervasive but not at any time overwhelming. There is some cherry flavor in here as well. Very nice smoked beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and smoky.
CampesinoTino (725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Mahogany colored with a sudsy layer of beige head. The aroma is an onslaught of sweet and smoky cherry, beef jerky, tobacco, menthol and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the addition of black cherry, smoked sausage, mesquite and burnt caramel malts. The smoked meat and sweet tobacco notes blend together quite well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth with medium-level carbonation while the finish is naturally burnt and smoky. The overall flavor can best be described as a campfire in a glass. Much better than it sounds.
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber-copper color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is smoky, with extra smoke and more smoke. The flavor is similar to the nose, lots of smoke, I also get a good dose brown sugar, baked Virginia ham and some biscuit. The palate is smooth and syrupy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and smoky. Overall: Lots of big bold smoky flavors here, this is not a brew for people who like only a hint of smoke, yawl need to find another beer.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A refreshing fruity smoked pork in a bottle. Excellent session beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh (probably fresh) a few months after purchase. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: partly cloudy light-bronze body topped by a small beige head
In long: The fun smoky nose is reminiscent of smoked pull-pork with some woody notes. Taste is smoked pull-pork, cherry wood, caramel, red apples, roasted wood, some berries. Body is full and nourishing and the beer is super-refreshing. Smoke level is overall moderate and the beer is highly sessionnable. Iím a sucker for those session smoked with woody notes and refreshing fruitiness. Not enough of those out there. Obviously looking at the rating I like this type of beer more than others, including those I shared the bomber with. But I am not going to jump off a bridge just because everybody else does. And if I do decide to jump I will jump last when there is a nice big cushiony pile of dead bodies to land on.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, dark mahogany with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Nice smokey aroma. Medium mouth feel. Big smokey flavor, not like a meat smoke, a bit more subtle.