NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to drew, I think. Thanks! Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is meaty with medium smoke and subtle clove and roast. Some rose floral notes along with a tea thing. On tasting, much cleaner and better than anticipated. Smokey with some more salty meat and a balancing yeast profile from the fermentation. The roast works as well. Thought I’d hate this. Solid stuff.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oily black pour with a thin brown head. This beer smells exactly like grilled mushrooms. Smokey, vegetal, fungal, slight pepper on the nose. Flavor is lightly smoked and peppery, but kind of thin and weird. Not very good.
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.355 l bottle at Angleterre, Helsinki. Pours black. Aromas and flavors of coffeish and chocolatey roasted malts, citrus, smoke, licorice, clove, pepper and firm bitterness. Several of these elements do not pair well, quite messy brew.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Three absolutely stellar brewers, you would think, would produce something memorable. Sadly, this beer has a strangely unbalanced smokiness, is weak-bodied, with an unassertive sweetness that lingers unpleasantly.
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Served cool.
Aroma: Smoky, kind of roasty, a little chocolate maybe. I want to say there’s a little herb in there too.
Appearance: Almost opaque dark ruby body, light, dissipating tan head.
Taste: Wow I’m going to have trouble describing this. I’m getting some tart fruit, kind of. Definitely some smoke. It is pretty dry. Pretty unique.
Palate: Long, mildly bitter finish. Medium-full bodied.
Overall: I’m not sure if this is one of my favorites, but it is a pretty interesting brew.
BREWMUSKCLES (2195) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
some hops and dry. some smoke and a little funky fish. full foamy body though little head evident. nice.
Beergeek23322 (2133) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 2013. Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Lemon aromas with spice and dark malts. Very unique and creative brew that have the proper carbonation, complexity and balance.
Beerathon (1076) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always enjoy trying a unique beer and this was certainly of that ilk. Subtle smoke, a bit peppery, surprising hop note, light mouth feel, black in color, with think khaki head.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lightly sweet and milky aroma with more than a dash of smoke to it. An insanely wonderful texture, thick and smooth, a long smoky burst, a little more sweet malt and then a light roasty bitterness with plenty of spicy yeast in the finish.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark plum color almost cola with ring of light tan head. Fair lightly smokey/hammy notes with a dark roastiness that comes forward at the tail end of the flavor. Interesting marshmellow note in there also. Don’t get the ’saison’ness all that much, but maybe it’s just hidden. Enjoyed this quite a bit, but not something i would feel the need to seek out again.