JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Pale amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly rauchy. Earthy and a little bit watery. Meh... tastes like dirty dishwater. Not really smokey... more like a thinly charry flavour. Thin-bodied and quite boring. Warming improves the beer quite a bit but it still doesn’t really do it for me.
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured honey amber with a thin white head. The smoky aroma is nicely restrained and not at all overpowering. Also has fruity and very light spicy notes. The flavor brings a nice smoky punch. Burlap, jerky, burnt wood. Hiding in the background is wheaty malt and a fair amount of hops that linger awhile after the smoke has left. Very good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Brew Pub. My personal favorite of the trip. Light Amber body with a 1 finger off white heat. Smoke peat malt, char and campfire aromatics. Light fruity esters and a lightly smoke flavor. Solid offering.
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Draft @ EB+B] Poured a lightly hazy, dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked wood, toasted malts, wheat, citrus, and light toffee. Taste of smoked malts, almonds, toasted malts, and grainy, toffee notes in the end.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep coppery amber with a nice carbonationa nd fluffy slightly off white head- somewhat diminishing. Aroma is nicely smokey with some good racuhmalt pressence- cindery like the cinder bock, earthy doughiness and a nice wheat yeast estery character Good doughy wheat mixed with campfire, and smoked meats- get a bit harsh but not too much in a bad way- estery fruity, and a raw smokey finish. Probably my favorite one so far from Tom. Great start.
DSG (5052) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(10/21/08) Draught at the brewpub in Philadelphia. Hazy amber color with a small white head. Aroma of smoked sausage, some malt, a bit of wood and caramelly hints. Rather smoky flavor with some light meat notes, malt, and a dry finish with some more smoke and faint hoppy and herbal notes. Medium-bodied. A good Smoked.
TomDecapolis (4396) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap opening night. Pours a lightly hazy copper orange with golden notes and a medium creamy/bubbly white head left some lacing. Aroma of smoked meats, woody, campfire, light wheat and citrus notes. Flavor of smoked meats, campfire, Cheerios, wheat, light citrus notes and some hop flavor.
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Spuyten Duyvil. Pours a clear deep orange with no head. Aroma of light smokey notes and sweet malt. Flavor is smokey initially (just smoke, no meats) but the smoke doesn’t really blend with the underlying malt. I also got some milky, odd, nasty notes. This was pretty bad.
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Exciting to see this stuff showing up outside of the brewery already. However the beer was very disappointing. Dead pour, ugly orange, no head. Aroma is hammy, meaty, freshly lit matches. Some dry smoke and tar flavor is met with a surprising amount of bright hops that clashes with the smoke. Like a hoppy version of cinderbock. Very meh.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with a medium head. Aroma is big and smokey with some roast, BBQ, and sweet wheat. Flavor is dynamite! Awesome roasty flavor with some light wheat and lots of BBQ/grill tastes. Smooth and satisfying finish. Would be awesome just on taste alone, but it could be the best 4% ABV (or less) beer ever. I love this stuff!