SirADNielsen (8959) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ brewery. Clear, dark burnt orange appearance with a light brown head. Lots of caramel, toffee, and moderate smoke in the nose. Moderately BBQ smoky, rich, caramel, toffee malty flavor with a rich, almost cloying finish.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a dense, medium-sized, tan head. Some nice lacing. Aroma and flavor hit all the doppel bock notes -- malty, sweet, lots of raisins, thick almost syrupy palate -- and then it layers on smoke and some vanilla. For all of that, it’s surprisingly mild and drinkable, although a bomber becomes a little cloyingly sweet by the end. Very tasty. Never thought of marrying a rauchbier and a doppelbock, but it makes sense.
crajun (939) - , Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 rec’d via trade from brenttk56 (thanks Brent). didn’t rate as highly as most - it was toooo sweet. good aroma - toffe/smoke.
hazy thickish amber pour - nice palate. beer goes down smooth with no hops - don’t tast much smoke; sweetness is overpowering.
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 nose is caramel, im not getting any smoked notes here at all, molasses on the palate, dried fruits linger, palate has extra roasted flavors, not what I would call smoked, very delicious and well masked alcohol for over 10 abv. Well done Americans on reconquering the germans
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. Nice rich mahogany color, with a light tan head, with a low retention rate. Pretty nice lacing. Very smokey aroma, meaty, bacon and sausage, sweet malts, almost wine-like. Taste has bacon off the start, sweet malts drive it home. Caramel, nutty, the doppelbock comes in the end. Smooth mouthfeel, smokey, creamy, with a very nice carbonation level. Very nice drinkability with this one. It truly is rauchbier meets doppelbock. Delicious.
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 to dimpled mug. Pours dark with thin head that is gone quick. Lots of bready malts. Has a slightly bitter start that grows on me with each taste that ends with a sweet finish. Really good dopplebock.
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark cloudy mahogany color. Aroma of dried fruit, brown sugar, roasted grain, peat and a smokey woodiness. Flavor is quite smokey up front, much like a campfire. Brown sugar, wood, peat, and nuts follow. Not bad,but you very much tell this is a smoked brew.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a rich dark reddish amber brown with a thin off-white head. Smokey malt aroma with caramel and a hint of toffee. Flavor was sweet and smokey with caramel, light raisin, dark fruit and a touch of toffee.
malrubius (1659) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle in Sam Adams glass. Dark amber/brown with flat tan head and lace. Mildly smokey caramel toffee woody bready aroma Smoky caramel sweetness with mild dark fruit smoky woody mildly bitter woody smoky sweet finish. Nice and rich. The smoke in the finish makes this one really nice. Almost no alcohol presence at 10.2% One helluva good beer.
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Minimal, near non-existent, off-white/tan head. Reddish-brown, clear body. Aroma of raisin and light smoke with some toasty malt. Big, chewy malt flavors - more dark fruit, light chocolate and some smoke. Fully, smooth body with light carbonation. Super malty and very low bitterness. No discernible alcohol. Very nice beer with nice, layered flavors. I like the subtle smoke that Fort Collins gets in this beer and the "Z".