ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Liquor Mart, drunk on 9/30/2005. There were two different batches (or at least two different labels) at the store, my bottle did not look like the one at the left.
Pours a ruddy-amber-caramel color with some deep strawberry red tones. Full head is well-retained and light beige colored. Little to no lacing, quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma of bready vienna-like malts, but more prominent is the burnt, or, end-of-the-pot coffee notes. Sweet toffee/caramel, traces of lager yeast biproduct and a touch of bacon doused in maple. Flavor starts out with a roasty/toasty sort of thing, very bready, moderately acidic and quite dry. Sweetening some towards the end, with the light charred flavor, sugary malt and caramel. The mouthfeel does not make for a cohesive flavor experience, way too much sharp carbonation, which, when coupled with an overly bready flavor and moderate acidity makes for a difficult drink. I guess Iím spoiled from the Schlenkerlas being bottle conditioned, but this mouthfeel just really kills it. I donít expect the smoke to be the same as Schlenkerla, but I donít think itís too much to ask for it to have less breadiness and sharp carbonation. Body is medium, gets a bit too simple as it warms, with sweet, sugary, caramel and light burnt coffee notes.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild smoke aroma wafts above a maple, caramel maltiness with some herbal hop notes. Brilliant, clear, copper body is topped by two fingers of lasting off white head that recedes to a generous cover with some nice lacing. Initial sweet malt flavour is joined quickly by an assertive but not overpowering smoky character. Pleasant bitterness finishes things off and smokiness lasts in the aftertaste. Medium-light body with fairly lively carbonation. Lager glass. Fridge temp. Bottle (Liquormart, Boulder, CO, Oct-05).
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. SLight smokey/processed smoked meat nose. Very, very good amount of smoke-not overbearing. Very light but all around very full flavored. Nose is very mellow.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Tom and Nancy for sharing this from their great beer adventure out west. Clear amber body under a thin white head. Aroma was malt, hops, maybe some anise, and a bit of smoke. Medium body with a nice carbonation but a watery texture expected in most lagers. The flavor was mediocre with hints of smoke and some bread dough.
BeerandBlues2 (9697) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ 16th Colorado Brewfest. Pours mahagoney with a small creamy tan head. Sweet vanilla brown sugar and caramel malt aromas. The aromas traslate well into the flavors plus a hoppy end. Medium bodied and creamy palate.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This very nice lager is just smokey enough to keep you interested throughout the beer and just sweet enough to keep your hand on the glass the whole time. Very well balanced and finishes nice and clean - no nasty lager bite here. This beer is perfect fodder for any meal, and surely can be enjoyed throughout the year. Very nice lager.
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep brown qith a white head. sour wood and watermelon mingle with the smoke in the aroma. smokey taste like the runoff from a fat pig on the fire. with an interesting bitter apple. has a somewhat tobacco finish.
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-pours a deep red amber hue with a huge white head. woody, slightly smokey aroma like that of a fireplace. some herbal malt tones in there as well-slightly sweet fruit in the malt character. Some leather notes as well that I liked. This is really interesting, like a vienna lager with smoked malts. kinda different if you ask me. body was medium with moderate carbonation. Smokey flavors start the palate followed by those herbal malts with a slight hop note as well. smoke lingers a little, but not overbearing. I like this!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear brownish orange with a smallish head. Aroma is light smoke which threw me off, cause I didnít realize this was a smoked beer. Taste is light and sweet with some biscuit and orange, always with the light somkiness behind. Flavors blend well but for a smoked, Iíd like some more smoke flavor.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep copper body, dusty off-white head. Smokey beatles and smokey corn husk aroma. Tastes like a slightly smokey amber to me. Ok.