Bif (2069) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On Tap- Dark brown with a good head that fades to light lacing. Some malt and caramel aroma, but mostly of smoke. Initially a bit sweet but smoke flavor seems to overwhelm the senses. Moderate body, but somewhat rough texture. Not really a style I enjoyed. The smoke flavor and aroma seem to hide the real beer.
GRM (3766) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass, 5-ounce, draught at Volo, savoured on September 15 2009; eye: black with ruby reflections, light effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, smoked, light peat, cocoa, dark chocolate, strong coffee; mouth: roasted malt, smoked, light peat, cocoa, dark chocolate, lightly acidic and acrid, finale in roasted malt, lightly lactic, medium-full body, not much carbonation; overall: quite likable
Verre, 5 onces, en fût, bue chez Volo, savourée le 15 septembre 2009; oeil : noire avec des reflets rubis, légère effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, fumé, léger tourbe, cacao, chocolat noir, café fort; bouche : malt torréfié, fumé, léger tourbe, cacao, chocolat noir, café fort, légère acidité et âcreté, finale en malt torréfié, légèrement lactique, corps moyen-corsé, peu carbonatée; en résumé : bien aimé
beer4bears (75) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown beer, thick heavy head that lasted. Carzy smoky nose which tranferred to the palate. Light carbonation. Smooth on the palate, a bit too abrupt on the finish. Nice roasted malt flavours. Medium sweet.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Looks exactly like a ’smoked’ ale. Smooth but with a strong base. The whiskey malt can be felt towards the end and adds a nice touch. Very enjoyable.
Spab (3438) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Volo. Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tinge and small white head. Aroma is smoky although not overwhelmingly so, with a distinct maltiness. Flavour again is moderately smoky with some caramel malt and nuttiness. Hadn’t had this in a few years and it wasn’t as smoky as I remembered. But all in all a pleasant cool weather drink.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cafe Volo
After meeting up with jerc we ended up at Cafe Volo for a few beers. This was my first choice and while not as smoky as I had hoped turned out decently. If you like your smoked beers low key this will work. Pass if you must have that over the top cigarette ash on the back of the throat.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep maroon or burgundy it glowed in the afternoon light. Some carbonation was evident but not much. A hint of smoke was a tease along with chewy malt. Overall though it was a it weaker than I expected.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet cherry pie was not an anticipated experience but made the little bit of smokiness more pronounced. This tastes kind of like a marshmellow which has been scraped across the grill just long enough to blacken but no longer. Again a little more kick would be nice but because the scotch aspect is such quality it gets a bit of a pass.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a ruby brown with no real head.
Aroma is campfire smoke, chocolate malt tones.
Body was very soft and flat. Very low carbonation...
Flavour had some good smokiness with some light coffee tones and caramel/chocolate maltiness.
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Appearance: Nice dark brown almost black and a light brown head. Aroma: Nice and smoky, lots of malt and whiskey, delicious! Flavour: Again malty with smoke and peat, lots of chocolate, nice medium body and a lovely warming smoke finish.
EHGsean (28) - CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nicely put together brew. The smoke is balanced with the malt, and neither is overpowering. From a personal preference, I’d like a bit more malt, and have the smoke lingering in the background, rather than the foreground. A really underrated brew.
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap from Volo. poured a dark, roast color. Strong bacon and fire aromas (im not lying). the best way to describe this beer is passing out drunk by a campfire and waking up to taste the shirt you passed out in.