StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant clarity and safire brown in color with a booming, dense, creamy one-inch head. Always a delight to decipher a smoked. Aromatic display of pastrami, pepper, rye, caramel, leather, rawhide, meaty dog bone treats and corn beef hash. Mild mannered hickory and hide flavors push through with caramel and corned beef. Smoke lingers with chewy bock tendencies. A doppelbock with its namesake stemming from ample dosages of smoked and rye malts. Through the smoke comes a spicy pepper and rye combo, as if they are trapped in a cedar clothes chest and are literally coming out of the woodwork. Dry chocolatey scratch near the vocal chords. Smooth execution and - dare I say - a touch undercarbonated. Finish revisits peppered loafs of rye bread. Enjoyable indeed.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a dark ruby brown body with a creamy/bubbly khaki head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is smokey like a smoked porkchop and a nice peaty scotch. The flavor is quite nice. Light smokyness and good dopplebockiness. Definite smoked wood flavor. Beechwood or birch? Kinda like the really overcooked crispy parts of a honey baked ham. Not really meaty in quality, but that deep yet not strong smokyness. Hard to describe. This is a very easy to drink beer. The palate hides the 10+% well. I was freaked out by that. I’d say this is 4%. One could easily drink "too many" of these.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours a rich ruby color with a very nice and well maintained off white colored head. Wonderful smoke aroma of aged bacon hanging in a storehouse, also a bit of malty sweetness. Aroma is very reminiscent of the Schlenkerla beers, which I adore. Also, the aroma of the lagering tank, which I have never found a good descriptor for other than, "than lagered aroma." Flavor is an intersting amalgamation of flavors. The rich chocolate maltiness of the dopplebock is there as is the wonderful liquid smokiness of the smoked beers. I think I would like this as a straight smoke beer without the sweetness, but I am enjoying quite a bit nonetheless. Prost to Fort Collins, another good beer. Many thanks to Aubrey for the trade!!!
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to Crosling for this. poured a dark ruby, with a medium sized off white head. aroma light malt, caramel, with very little smoke and as it warmed could get a hint of alcohol. flavor a little on th e weak side, but did get malt, chocolate alcohol, and just a touch of smoke.
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Quite reddish, slight copper tint, thin off-white frothy head, spotty lacing, lively carbonation.   HUGE smoked nose, slightly fishy and/or gamey.   Underlying dopplebock is hidden because of the strong smoked aspect   Quite smokey on the tongue, somewhat like a smoked version of split pea soup with ham hocks (no kidding).   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   This almost smelled like dinner.   Finishes with a very soft semi-sweet maltiness, but its pretty overshadowed by the strong smoked aspect of this beer.   Probably one of the stronger smoked beers I have had, aside from the older Alaskan Smoked Porter bottles.   Thanks Jeff!
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sent from Crosling via trade as an extra. Pours out a cola like light brown with small bubby head. Nose big on smoke, malt, and caramel. Taste is similar to that of 3F alpha klaus, and unfortunatly that is not good in my book. Tastes of ash from an old unemptied ashtray, cigarette butt, mostly nasty. Apparentley this is a taste other out there look for and enjoy, but this smoke thing it does nothing for me.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Wow, this is a really good beer, more of a rauchbier than a Dopplebock though. Translucent brownish red, small head. Malty caramel aroma, with some noble hops. Flavor is moderately smokey and sweet. Full bodied, with a mostly sweet caramel finish.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good amber/brown color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and alcohol with a nice roasty side coming though as it warms up.The smoke side just doesn’t make an appearance in the aroma that i can tell anyway :^( Nice malty flavor,some hops coming through as well with a bit of a caramel taste in there some where to.The alcohol stays well hidden in fact you’d never know that his was over 10% The smoke is very subdued in this brew which is a drag i was hopeing for a slap in the face from it but got nothing.Over all it’s a hell of a brew but it doesn’t quite match up to there claims i’m afraidWell worth trying again.
Thanks go to Jpdipso for sending this one my way.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly smoked aroma with some alcohol and caramel. Flavor is nutty - again with lightly smoked notes, but dominated by alcohol in the start. Thick viscous body. Ends with pleasant bitterness and some roastiness. I would have preferred more smoke and less alcohol, but nice nonetheless.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 GABF 05. Pours amber with an aroma of faint smoke and sweetness, like a can of pork and beans.. Flavor is a great combination of smoke and sweetness, with bacon cured ham and brown sugar taking center stage. Slight hint of earthy cocoa smoke in the finish. Palate is nice and slick. Great beer for cold weather.