jtclockwork (8423) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with white head. Nose/taste of smoke, beechwood, smoked wheat, smoked lemon cake, bacon and smoked wood. Medium body.
3fourths (8029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. For me this sits as sort of a simpler version of Schlenkerla Helles. The Schlenkerla does not have smoked malt in the grain bill, rather it picks up the smoke character from equipment used for the Urbock and Maerzen, but the character of the smoked malt is similar here: quiet, mild and acting as a accompaniment to the pale malt, which itself lends a clean cracker and baguette malt character. While there’s no fermentation defects, the body remains a little too watery and flabby (I remember hearing that they decocted this but really there’s no perceptible presence of melanoidins to me), and the price point sits a bit too high to make it a regular purchase. Noble effort by Fort Collins, certainly better than I expect from them, and better than most attempts at Helles Rauchbier from outside of Germany.
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy gold with thin white head. Settles quickly with almost no lacing. Aroma is smoky, bacon/ham, big, sweet beechwood. Flavor is smoky, huge beechwood finish, sweet smoke, ham. Slightest metallic, chemical hint in the aftertaste of some sips. Fairly one-dimensional, but that isn’t out of the ordinary for the style. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture.
uhclem (363) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Nice hint of smoke in the aroma. Smoke carried over to the taste, but there was a metallic element that was unpleasant Also gave me heartburn.
crajun (960) - , Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Ok beer slight campground smoke in aroma. Taste is sweet with a slightly bitter finish.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight biscuit, bread, hints of earth, nice smoky, meaty notes as well, hints of slight oak in there as well, this smells pretty good. Taste is a mix of biscuit, bread, and spice, slight grassy notes into a mix of smoke, meaty and oaky tones, finishing fairly smoky, slight earth.
mar (4843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold pour with no head. Nose is bbq, charred wood, light malts and smooth. Very easy on the palate, light bbq, wood, malts, and bitter finish.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pallid yellow. Foam retreats as swiftly as it fragments. Simple but clean aromas of grassy Pils malt, baguette, smoked crackers and lemony hops. Carbonation leans toward fuzzy with its soft prickles. Lemony Tettnang signature gives way to a multilayered, well-textured maltiness and clean, edgeless smoke. Not at all ashy or raspy, though a welcome coarseness does exude from the staunch rauch which ads another dimension as it coalesces with the sturdy malt. Hop oils commendably mirror the grassy, uncured hay malt aspects with a polished elegance. Faint mineral astringency cuts the slickness nicely. Moderate dose of appetizing hop acids beckon you for another sip with their ample brightness. Finishes with a lemony hop zing as fresh haylike malt lingers alongside ongoing smoky assertions. A surprisingly clean, skillfully balanced and audaciously smoky rauchbier from a brewery that’s been way more miss than hit these past few years. Hop character is sophisticated and quite lovely, sparkling with a lemony luster and plenty of complementary oils, to boot. Doesn’t come off as if it’s been decocted, though, which I would have loved to see. A bit soulless, perhaps, as it needs more minerals and melanoidin to appease the critic in me. But it does elicit an occasional glimpse of Franconia, so it’s got that going for it. I wanna say there’s some Spalt Select (!) in here with all the glorious lemon rock candy notes, but it’s anyone’s guess. Too expensive, but pretty solid.
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. The pour is light yellow, with a light cream head; not very "smokey" for a smoked beer. The aroma is ridiculous, it smells like a BBQ pit. It smells very strong and smokey, a little sweet. The taste is very good, not as intense as the aroma. The taste starts with a very woody note, is quite full bodied, and finished with a smoked wood taste. Overall a very dry beer, very good smoked beer, strong and well done.
Ratman197 (9806) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of smoke, straw and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, straw and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering smokey finish.