JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with a thick bubbly beige head. Grain and malt aromas with just a hint of peat. MIld smoke and some light fruit mix. Medium body. Toffee and dark toast also come to mind. Seems like a smoked ale to me in that it is better when warm. But then the medicine does seem to show up. Not a bad effort.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich orange rust in color with a bubbly and fairly large head of light tan foam. Subtle, malty aroma with hints of caramel, cookie, toasted malt, floral hops and a hint of smoke. Caramel, toffee and biscuit-like malt in the mouth, along with a touch of smoked malt. A pleasant beginner Rauchbier.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber color. No head. Aroma of slightly smoky malt. Smooth clean malty flavor, along with a little hop kick.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light, amber brown. Smells slightly earthy and of straw. Taste is bitter and thin - like apple cider vinegar. Smokey characteristics seem to resemble a barnyard bonfire: throw in a little hay, a few other odds and ends, and voila: Z Lager.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this at the Tosa tasting. Aroma: smoky, woody, chocolate, grain. Appearance: Copper color. Good lacing, thin, weak head. Flavor: smoky, vanilla, chocolate, sweet malts. Palate: Acedic, acidic, medium body, good carbonation.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brew pours clear copper color with a nice big, fluffy off white head. Aroma is of bacon, wood, and barbecue. Flavor is right up there with the Schlenkerla’s from Germany. Profoundly smokey from start to finish. This is an excellent example of the style from a nice Colorado brewery. I will pick up a sixer of this next time I am in Boulder.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Origan rate: 2.9
Pours a translusent brown/orange with almost no head. Aroma of salty smoked meat! The tastes is smokey and taste almost like smoked ham or salmon. A unique flavor I have never tasted in a beer. Not my favorite but has unique characteristics.
Still has a odd sweet smoked ham nose. Starts out moderetly sweet, followed by a hints of soy sauce, ends with a hint of smokey ham. Nice robust mouthfeel for a lagar with a nicely carbonated body. Interesting enough to have one in a great while.
shadey (1886) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An orange amber pour with a soapy head that dissipates after a few minutes. I have to preface this rating by saying I am stupid and managed to freeze the beer while I was trying to chill it. So this beer has been frozen and thawed out. I don’t know what effect that will have. The aroma isn’t very appealing. I smell the smoke but it isn’t wood smoke. The smoke flavor is more subtle than the aroma. Not bad. It gets points for trying the whole smoked thing. Thanks to pdee, who was my secret santa.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-amber color with a pale tan head. Aroma of beechwood-smoked malt and toasty, toffee, sweet, warm malt. There is definitely a great balance between the malt sweetness and smokey phenolic. Bitterness is present but is in balance with little discernable hop flavor. The body is medium-medium/full. Enough smoke to enjoy but I did not feel I was drinking bacon (this is a good thing).
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of smoke and burnt plastic, rubber. Any breadiness is subdued by some malty sugars, but they seem a little on the artificial side. In the mouth, this is a bit thinner than expected, with some acidic flavorings alongside the nice smokiness. Needs a bit more malty oomph, and smoother oilyness, without the acrid back of the throat medicinal drip. Still, quite good, but I recently had a truly delicious smoked lager that is too near to my mind to make this fair. That being said, I’d drink a lot of it. Man, I need to send pdee, Ringo and ecrvich a growler of the Arbor Batch 1000 Smoked lager for comparison. Smoked lagers are yummy. I like them. Thanks pdee.