auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2007 12 Oz Bottle. Oily density spills from the glass in viscous splendor. Thin rim of sweet Virginia pipe tobacco. Aroma has a suave and smooth rough salted oak and charcoal. Deeper there is a rich, musky earth spiced with whiskey splendor and hints of barbecue. Deep and complex. Flavor carries more of a dry stout character, but is nicely highlighted with grill char, sweet fish marinade, long drying coffee air, and some flatter ocean tastes. Carboniferous and yet higher with bits of brandy marinated fruit, nuts and nice general malt figures. Long smack in the middle of dry and sweet, but generally enjoyable. I guess as a Smoked this doesnít really excel all that much as Iím not grabbing that much smoke, but itís a nice stout twinged with those aromas and flavors.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
opaque black, wispy tan head,
light smokey roasted malt aroma with a touch of sweet licorish,
lots of roasted malt flavor, roasted leads to bitterness and a long bitter finish, nice smokey character shows up after a while and balances with everything else, smoke and roast create a nice coffee character
Words: cellar stock
smokey dark chocoate aroma,
rich and creamy dry roasted and dark chocolate flavor,
the smoke is well balanced with the malt character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and inky pour with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, and figs. Smooth and full bodied. Taste is roasty malt, smoky ash, coffee, berries, and a tasty nuttiness. Very interesting.
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly opaque black pour with a rather small reddish-tan head. Chocolate, smoky aroma with coffee and licorice notes. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Roasty, smoked flavor up front. Middle brings out a bit more coffee and leads to a bitter finish. This is a good smoked beer, not in your face agressive but a nice complement to the coffee and chocolate.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours hazy medium black with a frothy light brown head. Aroma is heavily malty of bread and cookies, with hints of smoke. Flavor is balanced twords sweet, smoke, coffee and chocolate are dominate flavors. Medium to full bodied, creamy and flat.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (June 2007), served at cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Inky-black and totally opaque under strong light, with a smallish dissipating dark chocolate head....smokiness is very restrained in the nose, a disappointment to this rauch-lover but whatís there is nice: lots of dark chocolaty roast, a bit of espresso, cherries, and then...wait....the peaty, earthy notes come through after a couple of minutes....nice.....the body is quite rich, decadent almost, thick and chocolate-malty with a light fruity-yeasty component most prominent in the middle, a touch of tart apple-cherry juice towards the finish, and a quite dry woody/bitter chocolate finish....the mouthfeel is a touch cardboardy at the end initially but it brightens up and the dullness recedes after a few sips....this is one of the least smoky of smoked beers Iíve had, and I find it hard to place in the stout family: not quite complex enough as an Imperial, not fruity or vinous enough for a Foreign stout, not really sweet.....all that said, the balance is elegant, itís quite drinkable and enjoyable, whatever one calls it, and Iím quite happy to have it after a couple of years of fruitless looking.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown colour allmost black with a little head. Aroma of roastedness and hints of smoke. Flavour of roastedness, chocolate, coffee and little smokeness, very nice and smooth.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours out thick and dark brown with a smallish cocoa head. Nice rauch aroma, not meaty like the Bamberger brews, but having a woody smokiness that smoothly complements the roasted malt, barley, and coffee scents. The flavor is that of a solid, roasty tasting Stout, having the add-ons of some dark bittersweet chocolate and minced hard nuts. The smoke is there, but in a supportive role. Pretty decent.
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alexsdad06 (5412) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small tan head that disappears quickly leaving only an outer ring. The aroma has many stout qualities: strong malt backbone, chocolate, a hint of molasses, but not much smoke. The flavor exhibits many of the characteristics of the aroma. This is a good stout. The roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits are all present. The smoked flavor shows up late into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full and is sliky smooth going down. I like this one for the stout that it is, not the smoked as it is classified.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is of chocolate, dark fruits and smoke, so is the taste, but light sweet. Medium body with a dry finish.