cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours a very appeal dark brown/burgundy. Capped by a small off-tan head. Complex malts, some wood and bourbon, light smoke, all melded together quite well. The sweetness in the flavor is balanced well by the hints of smoke and the oak tannins. Caramel, rich, wort-style doppelbock-malts, some toffee. Very balanced, meedium mouthfeel, nice carb. A smooth sipper.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, dark garnet color with cherrywood highlights. A small, frothy, beige head settles to a thin film with a bubbly edge. Wet lacing mostly rejoins the body, but a few jagged spots and splotches remain behind. The nose is really nice, showing a rich, smoky caramel malt base, with underlying dry cocoa. Woodsy oak lends heaps of vanilla and traces of bourbon. Flavors compliment the aroma quite well, with the nicely charred oak imparting a robust smokiness and tasty vanilla to the darkly toasted caramel, bittersweet cocoa and fig. Everything comes together very well. Medium-plus in body, smooth and balanced, the palate is just about perfect for the style. This one really took me by surprise. Very good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, but then glows a remarkable purple red in the glass. It was almost difficult to get a head out of it but it did manage a 1 finger foam. I was afraid there for a second. Nose is nicely smoky with a background of caramel perhaps woody but maybe I’m trying too hard. Smooth and rounded with a thick melanoidin base, topped with a layer of smoky goodness. There is perhaps a touch of oak in the finish but it blends with the smoke to create a char tone that falls short of stout levels. There’s a vague fruitiness that becomes apparent as it warms slowly in the glass. Banana perhaps, and there was a good deal of pineapple in the second pour from the bottle. It starts to become rather markedly sweet, so keep this one on the cool side.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft @ redlight redlight. Smokey caramel aromas, very malty on the nose. Pours a dark amber with a solid tan head. The flavor is quite rich and complex, smokey malts with rich caramel flavors and nice oak vanilla. Very rich and silky smooth. This is very enjoyable!
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brickstore. Opaque brown color with a frothy tan head about a 1/2 inch high. Aroma of peat and smoke. The smoke flavor was pretty spot on in terms of intensity. Creamy mouthfeel gives you a nice texture. Flavor was pretty complex with some meat, smoke, vanilla, and wood from the aging. A bit of red fruit was hiding in the background as well. Very little carbonation here gives you an impression this is more like a meal than a drink. Good body but a pretty quick finish. This is one of the better smoked beers I’ve had but the barrel aging adds some complexity to where the comparisons may not be fair.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. mahogony pour with some clarity. rich caramel and barrel with smoke aroma. rich sticky malts with smoky, vanilla, nice body. enjoyable.
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear brownish purple under a small filmy tan head. salty meaty smoked aroma with touches of sweet sticky malts also. flavor is smoky, charred, jerky, salt up front with sweet sticky bocky malts and a perfect vanilla oak barrel finish. complex with a good smoked flavor blending with sweet vanilla. good idea with the barrel aged smoked. medium bodied.
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
love the look and aroma of this beer, its got the aroma of a nice fine smoked ham. color is a deep red hue. taste falls a tad over carbonated with a some malts and hard smoked flavor.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a muddled brown color with crimson edges and a creamy 1/4 inch beige head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma of smoke, honey-glazed ham and bacon, lightly charred wood, and a bit of bourbon spice. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel maltiness leads into a moderate smokiness with hints of meat and tobacco that finishes with some vanilla paired with a light bourbon spiciness and a moderately dry woodiness. Low carbonation and smooth, although a bit thin on the palate. Overall, a well made beer that managed to maintain some of the base beer qualities while imparting some nuance from the barrel without being overdone. Nice stuff.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is smokey, sweet with toffee, wood, and vanilla. The appearance is reddish with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but meaty which is not good. The palate is average with a smokey buttery finish. Overall this is not one I care for.