brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 This beer poured a clear gold brown in color with minimal head but had had a very light aroma ... roasty malt, nuts and some smoke - but mild. Flavors are simple ... some brunt fruits, wood and earthy notes and a subtle smoke taste. This has some unique qualities that I really like and recommend people give it a try.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!!! - Pours a clear copper with a medium off white head...aroma is malty, dried fruit, smoke, slightly sweet, burnt toast...flavour is lightly smoked, cocoa/carob, toffee and sweet malt...perhaps the most subdued DFH brew Iíve tried, not much going on, and what is going on seems a bit disjointed...
brokensail (11089) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: A very nice looking pour--a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy off-white head on top.
S: Not a very intense nose, but a bit of smoke and some sweet toasted malts. A bit of fruitiness to go along with some bread.
T: The smokiness of the beer really dominates the flavor, and prevents the full enjoyment of it. After the smoke fades, a slight banana/plantain sweetness comes through on the finish. There is a hint of bready malt and some caramel in there as well.
M: A medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. Maybe a bit thin.
D: Perhaps a nice idea, and nice of DFH to make this beer for EBF, but not quite what I was hoping for. In any event, Iím glad I got to try it.
vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ NotB. Orange golden pour with white head. Smokey notes dominate with some nutty malt, pecan perhaps, and peaty flavor notes. Aroma is mostly smoke.
docsteigs (528) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice brown with frothy white head. Smells sweet and spicy. Taste rich, nutty, spicy, alcohol taste lingers. Unique aftertaste probably from the pecan/carob/plantain.
espenra (878) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Amber colour. Small head. Smokey and malty aroma. Some oak. Massive flavour. Oak, smoke, dark fruits and alcohol. Long aftertaste.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap during CBC. A nice subtle drinking beer, very dry for a smoked, bit of a nutty finish, some interesting flavors, all subtle, but hard to identify. Didnít really do it for me but I wouldnít turn a pint away.
mar (4884) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to jjfoodie. poured ruby with a white head. nose is malts, pecan, and light smoke. flavor is heavy malts, nuts, more pecan, and a hint of caramel.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to jjfoodie. poured amber with a white head. aroma was caramel and orange. flavor was smoke, caramel, and all things good. body was medium with high carbonation. enjoyed this one.
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of JJFoodie) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, evergreen, nuts, herbs, and earth. Flavor of banana, caramel, nuts, baking cocoa, and subtle smoke with a somewhat dry finish.