BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Black, tan head and no lacing. Nose of bright sweet roast and chewy malts. Some hop, dry and dusty, not much smoke, more like burnt toast. The flavor isn’t that special, just some char and alcohol. Tons of cocoa and mocha. Finishes stouty.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a pitch-black, oily appearance; medium tan head with a thin perimeter of bubbles. Dense, smoky and charred malt aroma; dark chocolate. Medium carbonation. Viscous, oily mouthfeel: plenty of smoke and dark chocolate; dense, chewy goodness, with some nuts; excellent smoke character. Medium, smoky and dry chocolate finish.
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 48F. Poured dark brown with an average brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate chocolate smoke malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Medium bittersweet roasted smoked flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Complex standout beer.
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz bottle provided via trade with Duane. Pours opaque with spare to no head, no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted, roasted, caramel), average hops (grass), heavy yeast (dough, leather) with notes of prune, tar, charcoal and smoke. Full bodied, creamy texture, flat carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness; heavy roasted, smoked malt flavor.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, that a lot of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Pours black, with a minimal brown head. But a tiny whiff of smoke, and then a chocolate and a lot of coffee and then another touch of, say, hickory or something. Big coffee flavors and an understated note of woodsy smoke. Earthy, dry finish. Thanks to ogglethorp for the trade!
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small brown head, good retention with a skimpy lace. She,s black. Nose is lightly smokey, peaty, grainy malts and a touch bready. Body is medium, oily on the palate with a fair amount of carbonation. Plenty of smoke flavors, light roast, a little bacon, caramel and chocolate hiding in there. Finish is dry, roasty and lightly smokey. Thanks to ogglethorp for the trade!
jake65 (2587) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a smaller tan head. Nose is roasted malt, coffee, and a light smoky presence. Even hints of molasses. The taste is a blend of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, and light smokiness. Finished dry. Nice how the smoke is complimentary rather than dominant. Thanks Eithcubes.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Original Rating 5/25/07: The last of the series Skyview was gracious enough to share with all of us. Black color with no head. Very weak smoke aroma. The taste is very subdued, with just some smoke and a generally smooth, slightly dry malt flavor. Not bad, but I’d like to have way more smoke out of a Smoked beer. 6/3/6/3/13 Re-rate 4/22/08: Black color with a thin head. Smokey and some oak aroma. Lots of smoke, roasted barley and some coffee. The smoke struck me as more beechwood with a little peat.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy SoLan. Just pure oil pouring into the glass. Pitch black with almost no head. get some of that smoky bacon aroma typical of moast smoked beers. I love it. Backed by some chocolate and roast as well. Not quite as smoky in the taste as in the nose, but it definitely is there. Nice rich, thick mouthfeel, coats the palate with a warm roastiness. Nice full body on this beer. A little chocolatey, with some good nutty walnut flavors too. Good stuff.
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
For a smoked beer, there is really no smoke at all. There is so little of it that the smoke is only perceptible because I am looking for it. A little coffee and touch of chocolate. Medium sweet malt base and medium palate. The least impressive of the 1-4 beers.