DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Urbancaver for this. Brewed in 2011.
3.0 A: Murky brownish yellow color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left.
5.0 S: Wonderful nose! Powerful smoked malt with layers and layers of depth. Campfire smokiness is in the forefront, but underneath there is porcine galore and beyond that are BBQ briquettes. The rest of the smell is pretty simple as you can’t get past the smoke and to it. Still, this is absolutely perfect. Big and powerful and as complex as you can get (given the big and powerful) and yet it’s so well integrated and rounded.
3.5 T: The taste can’t hold up to the nose. The smoke flavor is there, but it’s not nearly as deep or complex as in the nose. Only the campfire variety manifests. You can, however, get to the base now though. Light pear fruitiness, dirty earthiness, and poplar wood. Chard and chard-like bitterness. A bit grainy and wheaty as well.
3.5 M: Medium body. A little more carbonation than I care for, but not bad. "Fluffy" creaminess. Smooth.
4.0 D: Easy drinker with a killer nose.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-19-2012 04:47:23
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours a lightly hazed golden-yellow colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy pale malts with some wheat, a moderate smokiness, some plastic phenols, a touch of bread, and a light wood. Flavor is similar. Grainy pale malts with a light wheat, some dry smoke, a light wood, and a touch of peat up front. Light breadiness in the middle with some yeast spice before this finishes dry and woody with a moderate bitterness as well as a hint of phenol and a light grainy wheat. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a crisp, refreshing, moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. I’m dumb to the style, but it seems like a well made example of a style without a lot of flair. Grainy malts with no sweetness and some wheat, dry wood, and some smoke. Nothing special, but not bad.
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011 Vintage. Hazy pale blonde pour into thick pillowy white head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing that melts into a lingering pool of foam as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of smoky oak, roasted malt and yeasty biscuit. Initial flavor of yeasty biscuit and toasted wheat bread which fades into a bitter lemony tartness that is soon overpowered by the smoky, oaky finish.
Bricktop86 (475) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy very pale yellow with a lot of pillowy head. Aroma of hay, smoked ham, grain, and slight skunk. Taste grain up front then turns into smoked ham some sulfur tastes as well. Long smokey finish. Pretty good and different
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Hazy golden color with white foam. Spicy smoked polish sausage, tart wheat, smoked wood aromas. Medium bodied with light co2. Nice spicy smoked sausage, lightly tart wheat flavors--good
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Murky golden ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is closer to smelling like smoked meat than any Rauchbier, American smoked beer or Lichtenhainer Weisse I’ve ever come across. It’s full-bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor-wise, this one sort of falls flat, but what are you gonna do? “Wheat is for baking and barley is for brewing,” although if Choc had thrown more acidity my way, I would have scored this beer much higher and I imagine others would have done the same. Finishes coarse and wheaty. Well, at least it’s perfectly-balanced and inoffensive. A+ for the attempt as I’m a sucker for breweries that try to recreate ancient, extinct and/or traditional beer styles; because, after all, no one is putting a gun to their head to do it and there’s a very good chance the brew will not go over well. Otherwise, the beer style probably wouldn’t be a thing of the past now, would it? Big props to ericandersnavy for providing this bottle!
ReggieDunlap (2792) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an opaque pale orange with a thin whit head. Aroma is funky and reminiscent of hot dogs. Flavor follows suit...hot dogs!...nasty! Drain pour.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a medium egg-white head. Aroma of wheat, herbs, sulfur, burnt plastic, and smoke. Flavor of herb, grass, smoke, and sulfur.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazed yellow pour. Smoke, peat, and wheat. Large peat, wheaty, and yeasty. Medium bodied and fizzy. rbwg
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, cloudy yellow orange color with bright foam, aroma of plastic and smoke, flavor is fatty, smoke, bitter wood, effervescent finish