Kevin (2023) - 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 (3411) - 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 (1199) - 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 (6010) - 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.