LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Winterfest. From notes. Oh the smoke, it burns, it burns! I like smoked beers. One of my highest rates is a smoked beer. But I could not finish the 2 oz pour of this guy. Pitch black, with a dark tan head that is gone quick with no lacing. Overpowering smoke on the nose, nothing else is clawing through that. Flavor isnt quite so bad, some actual flavors there, earthy, a bit of burnt caramel. Dial back on the smoked malt next time...
arminjewell (8620) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Winterfest ’11. Dark brown almost black pour, no head. Aroma was huge, huge smoke, almost medicinal, to an excessive point. Taste was not nearly as intense smoke, but a big overpowering smoke lead to some slight medicine, peat, and sweet caramel in the background.
islay (1493) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The twelfth beer I sampled at Winterfest 2011 in St. Paul on 2-4-11. Approximately 2 oz. pour. Pours a hazy, dark copper with a small amount of beige head. Nice, smoky aroma. Dry taste of campfire smoke. Reminds me of an Aecht Schlenkerla. Juice and bacon flavors. Interesting finish that is hard to peg. Undercarbonated (likely due to being served from an open bottle).
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2011. Dark red color with no head. Bombastic smoke aroma, destroying everything else. Backs off only slightly in the taste. Turns slightly medicinal and almost peaty. Strong malt character.