paultheguru (650) - 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 (758) - 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 (2460) - 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 (1551) - 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 (378) - 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".
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown coloured body with light ruby and copper tints and a thinnish tan head. Aroma of smoked peat, roasted malt, caramel and some raisins - pretty light for a smoked beer. Full-bodied; Deep pungent caramel, malty and obviously smoked flavours come through immediately with little time for anything else. Pungent smokiness afterwards with some caramel, a touch of malt, but very strong and pretty overpowering and bitter. Overall, a good beer, and definitely showing the smoke flavours, but perhaps a bit too much, I feel. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased earlier today at Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington.
EithCubes (4568) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of kuphish, and this is maybe 6-8 months old? Maybe? Has a better label, for sure. Dark ruby pour with a short white head. Huge smack in the face, meaty malt and SMOKE...d sausage - awesome! Didn’t expect any smoke in here, but it’s really piling a great accent on top of a good base beer. Grape and light red berry. Dry taste, low earthy caramel and a ton of smoke right from the BBQ pit. Woody, woodsy, lovely smoked Doppelbock. And one I’d session regularly, if its alcohol content [10.2] were in fact anywhere near how it tastes [~6.5-8]. Awesome!
beernbourbon (1247) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour is a deep clear brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, light brown sugar, not much smoke, and a touch of oxidation. Flavor is also quite sweet with notes of oxidation and a light spiciness. Had this side-by-side with the barrel licked bock- I liked that one better.
Theis (12484) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. Nice smokey, high malty, ryebread, caramel, candy, too high sweetness.