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 (3356) - 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 (1160) - 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 (5890) - 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.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First rating of this beer, yea! Bottle. Pours with a nice light brown head atop a crystal clear brownish crimson body. Aroma is smokey and meaty, similar to Aecht but not as overwhelming. A little bit of sweetness in there too. Taste is creamy and smokey. Flavors of honey, chocolate, and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and very oily. Finish is just a touch bitter, earthy and mineralized. Good stuff.