badgerben (4407) - 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 (4476) - 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.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate and some smoked malt. Flavor was real sooth and light. Pretty black with a pretty good descent head. A real light smoke to it flavor with some maltiness to it.
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz. Thanks, SecretSanta! Pours a deep opaque black without any head. No lace. Precious little aroma--some woodsmoke and that’s about it. Not a real big body or big attack; very little carb and the flavor leans a bit much to the smoky side without other elements to balance it. It’s a bit watery as well. Pretty much a middle of the road smoker.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing. A nice chocolate nose with the faintest smoked characteristic. Chocolate flavor with the aftertaste I’d expect of a smoked beer but no smoke in the actual body. A very good beer but disappointing from the lack of smoke that I was hoping for.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by sliffy. Dark thick pour with almost no head. Aroma of smoked/roasted malt, bakers chocolate and light caramel. SMokey malts fill the flavor backed with bitte3r chocolate and dry coffee. Thick body, bittersweet and smokey throughout with a smokey/roasty finish.
Skyview (5215) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a dark near opaque brown (lightest of the four stouts) brew with a small fast diminishing head. Sparce lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, a touch of coffee, caramel, molasses, and pepperoni. Not much smokiness in aroma. Taste is when the smoke flavor kicks in. Taste is chocolate, full body, toasted malt and a touch of peat. Finish is syrupy, lightly carbonated and a touch of bitter aftertaste.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Finally got to try this one, pours black with a tan head. Aroma, smoke and chocolate, some brown sugar. Flavor, more smoke and chocolate, roasted malts, some earthy notes. Medium bodied. good stuff.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a completely opaque, dark black color with a thin layer of fine bubbled tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin brown ring. Aroma of toasted hazelnuts and light charcoal briquette smoke blends mildly with some organic brown sugar and dark chocolate. Pleasant dimensions, but a little bit too subtle to be as enticing as it sounds. Light to medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel; a bit undercarbonated. The smoked malt is a great touch; it’s subtle enough to add a satisfying layer of complexity without going out of control. Almost a little bit conflicting, as the juicy meatiness of the smoke conflicts with the dry roast bitterness of the roasted malt. Dark black chocolates and heavily roasted coffee linger with some charred alderwood. Dry, ashy finish. Like the other beers in this series, I feel this one could use a bit more mid-malty chewiness. Good execution and potential, but needs aa bit more body and malt complexity for my tastes.