5000 (5980) - 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.
muzzlehatch (4424) - 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 (6107) - 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!