arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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.
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Fitger’s on Nov. 17, 2011. Mostly clear chestnut brown pour with a smaller head. Aroma of smoked meat. Medium palate. Taste is peat, smoke, and meat. Awesome beer.
badgerben (4323) - 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.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winterfest ’11. I love smoked beers and this one did not disappoint. It was served from a bottle rather. Strong aroma of smoked grain and smoked wood. Medium sweet malt, and a very thick palate. One of the highlights of the festival
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burgundy-amber-brown body. Brutal peat smoke alcohol aroma. Lots of peat smoke, an odd creation. The peat is just overwhelming and dominates. Almost a dry coffee bitterness. Not that good. Brutal.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was plenty good. Hazy chestnut brown with red hues. Very smoky flavor, rich with band-aid and salami. Well rounded mouthfeel, balancing malts and alcoholic edge. An all around success, with big flavors and highly attractive qualities in every direction. (on tap at brewpub)
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with CLevar. Bottle #7 of 204. Pours clear medium brown color with tan head. Moderate smokey aroma. Lots of smoke flavor with sweet caramel malts. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Caleb.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
144/204. Thanks Allen. A gorgeous ruby color. Sweet meaty smoked aroma. The body is very smooth with a well balanced smooth character
northropfrye (1708) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Fitgers. Sweet and smokey aroma. Very meaty smoke. Malty and flavourful. Nice.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[750mL C&C Bottle] I’ll preface this rating by saying that I often struggle to give good ratings for smoke beers. I drank this whole bottle by myself, and I still was not able to give it the type of rating that I would like. Anyways...it poured deep red with almost no head. The aroma is, surprise, big on smoke. A little sweetness showed at times too--almost a fruity sweetness, but I only got it once in awhile. Band-aid is also present. The taste is about the same, lots of smoke, but not overpowering. It still is fairly one dimensional, but not bad. Very little carbonation, in fact, nearly flat. Fairly thick, smooth, long, chalky finish. As far as smoked beers go, I did enjoy this one. That having been said, it isn’t exactly my style, and it isn’t something that I would want to have very often.