muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI. Gorgeous tawny ruby-brassy color, smallish lasting off-white soupy head...hey there’s smoke in that there aroma, smoked cheese and ham to be precise, mmm and some strong cherry liqueur hiding underneath, struggling for space with anise and chocolate under the smoky haze....sipping, the smoke lends a tarry overlay to the slightly syrupy sweet maltiness, some roasty bitterness evident with dried fruits, light stinging hops appear on the horizon and a zingy sour-tartness finishes off the monster. Not wholly successful in the flavor department--the disparate elements don’t seem harmonious blended but more at war with each other-- but fascinating and original to be sure, and one that I will return to again with a few months aging. I suspect that people who don’t love smoked beers (as I do) will hate this.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright light chestnut color with a moderate dark beige head. Initial smoke aromas is displaced by an interesting deli olive aroma. Deeper malt aromas come out as it warms. Seems to miss both the dopple and the smoke in the nose. Malt flavors dominate the flavors, but are not the deep and chewy malt I am looking for. Alcohol is exceedingly well hidden. Mild peat and lightly roasted malts in the finish and linger. I was hoping for something much more chewy, but still a decent effort. Actually raised the aroma score one after an extended period in the glass.
Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber to orange looks are completed by this diminishing off-white head. Mashy toasted grain aroma offers a generous nutty foreground on which garden coffee takes a lot of room. Nicely dry in mouth, it procures all kinds of smoky hints that reach their pinnacle in a meaty leather appetizer. Woody, beany and plain comfortable, it unfortunately gets a little out of the way to greatness by suggesting soy sauce amids its rocking cigary known range. Nevertheless, the global balance is nice, with more bitterness than most, yet ground-breaking all the more. Unbelievably well masked alcohol. Solid!
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur brune aux reflets rouges foncés, apparence semi opaque, faible mousse beige pale de nature diminuante. Authentiques arômes de malt fumé au bois d’hêtre, de viande fumée et de raisins caramélisés. Très bonne extraction de malt, profils de fumée toujours fortement présent en bouche et se mêlant bien au caramel, aux fruits foncés, aux herbes vertes et à l’alcool. Faible carbonatation, texture légèrement aqueuse, corps semi mince. Très bien fait!
Kevin (1976) - Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
lets see, i had this at the brewery, at the gabf, and at my home from a bottle. i guess i should enter my notes. wow, let me talk about the appearance of this sucker. a rich ruby pour with a dark soul and an off white head. simply beaiutiful. nice smokey meat aroma with some worcsertishire(sp?) noce is intriguing, i wish i could put it into better words but smoked bologna is what comes to mind, and i mean that in a good way damnit. my white trash side always hamstrings me. sharp smoked cheddar taste with a sweetness of well, more smoke. i would never have guessed the abv of this. the alcohol is nicely subdued. mouthfeel is creamier from the bottle than on tap, but the tap flavors really release more smokey sweet meat. but either is a pleasure. keep on brewing them Sandy and i’ll keep trying to find ways to get them.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Nice amber body with a foamy lasting head. Some smoke, some cream, big malts, crystal malt, good hop bite. Lingering smoked cheese aftertaste. The most uinique dopplebock I have ever enjoyed. The sweetness, smoke, and cream come together quite well.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is clear amber with a big tan head...smell is a little smokey...taste has no real smoke nor sweetness...lame light molasses flavors...
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and ruby-brown; nice lace. Aromatic nose enticed with light smoke and brown sugar-glazed spiral ham. Flavors of dark toast, bacon and molasses were balanced by a slightly grassy, earthy bitterness. Alcohol was hidden well -- warming, but not hot. Strong but mellow smoke lingered throughout in the background.
Beaver (1064) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby red-brown with a frothy light brown head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is a little sweet caramel and a ton of meaty smoke. It’s a big charcoal BBQ. I love the smell of a good rauchbier.
The flavor is some sweet caramel malts with a lightly bitter meaty smoke finish. The aftertaste is a little on the sweet side. The alcohol is very well hidden. It’s medium bodied and smooth, low carbonation and slightly watery with a sticky sweetness.
Overall, a fine smoked beer - very Schlenkerla-esque. It’s a little on the sweet side, I’d prefer a little more bitterness.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 2006 bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), with a strong note of smoke.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Nice smoke character, but you won’t find too much else in the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel and flavor balance. Clean. Like it a lot better than last year.