Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up single 650ml bomber at the brewery’s special release in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. Pours a dark semi-clear copper brown colored brew with a decent beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves a spotty lacing. Aroma of light smoked pork jerky, a hint of chocolate, caramel and a touch of maple wood. Taste is medium to medium full bodied, a hint of smoked white birch, chocolate, a hint of maple and light pork jerky. Finish is semi-dry at first with a mild smoked chocolate malt and a hint of spice hops. A wee lighter bodied for an imperial stout but closer to a smoked porter profile.
jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke is prevalent, rich and welcoming. Plum, tobacco, alcohol astringency, smoke astringency, nice round fruit and hops. Really good stuff.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is dark fruit, dark malts and light smoky notes. The flavor is smokey malts, dry dark malts, dark fruit/berries and a slightly tangy/alcoholic finish.
DanD9 (6) - USA - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the better smoked beers I have had. Smoked is hard to work with and real hit or miss, but consider this one an excellent style representation. A great smoked beer to get people interested in smoked ales.
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Needs some body. Smoke is nice there are also dark fruits and caramel. Missing some bitterness and cocoa.
beerbaaron (923) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an attractive ruby brown. Medium tan head, lasting with a little lace. Aroma has peat, smoke, touch of coffee and chocolate, some lactose, good character. Medium body. Finish is somewhat dry, some smoke and peat. Flavor is a less dynamic version of the aroma. A mix between smoke beer and a chocolaty stout. A very nice, approachable beer. I liked it more and more as I sipped.
MarinEvelyn (466) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is very smoky, campfire, a little chocolate, malt.
Tastes a little meaty (bacon), definitely smoky, malty. The taste is good, but almost too strong for me.
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured clear, medium-deep brown with a nice coppery sheen to it.. the color was nice, though not what I expected from the style. The aroma picked up sweet smoked hickory, cocoa, and a bit of maple.. the smoke was soft, but pervasive.. enjoyed it. The flavor opened with tangy, slightly acrid campfire smoke, with meatier smoke, maple, and blended chocolates following.. dry and on the grainy side through the smoky finish.. alcohol was very much held in check. Medium-bodied on the palate.. slick on the front half, with carbonation filling it up on the middle.. a bit of a cola feel and flavor along with the smoke at the end. This didn’t have the feel of an imperial stout, but it was a mostly tasty smoked beer.