omhper (20678) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Very dark brown, small head. Smokey caramelly nose. Medium-full bodied. Lots of woody smoke together with caramel and some light chocolate that goes well with the smoke. Low bitterness.
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark amber brown color, small tan head. Aroma of charred Hershey bar and burnt coffee taste is subtle smoke, cocoa, licorice. Nice.
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Ushi-Tora. Very dark brown head. Roasted. Dried fruits. Light licorice. Smokey. Sweetness. High malty. Nutty. Very nice.
Ratman197 (10840) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, bitter chocolate, carmel and raisin. Palate was medium bodied and mooth. Flavors of smoke, carmel, ligt molasses and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering smokey finish.
KyotoLefty (7263) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2008 2008 Version, draught at Qbrick. Black, with a medium head. Aroma of smoked salmon or bacon, with caramel malts underneath. Smoke flavor, going to big caramel malts, to a dry, bitter, surprisingly hoppy finish. Chewy and thick. Very clean finish, though, not at all cloying or over-sweet. Fantastic.
2007 version: bottle from Yamaoka.
Almost black, with a tall fine tan head. Light to medium smoked aroma, very malty, slight caramel, a bit sweet. A little bit fruity. Lightly smoked flavor, sweetish, rich malt, excellent balance. Caramel, chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. Hard to tell its strength. Less smoke than the regular. Very well balanced. Excellent! (7/5/9/5/17)
TimE (3971) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very odd beer that might be a mix of a couple of their beers. Extremely dark brown color. Very slightly sour nose, but almost no smell. Where is the smoke??? I was very confused at the start. Then the sip.... BAM a huge smoke whallop hits you. Smooth. Beyond the smoke there are bananas, cloves, liquorice and chocolate. Excellent. Finishes like a Wiezenbock. Even after the beer warmed up the nose was totally muted. Still overall very enjoyable.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Bill, leftover from the World Beer Cup. Shared with my girlfriend Cyn, super cool label, and a smoked, and she likes smoked. Pours dark brown/tan with a tan foamy head. Nose is incredibly smoky with hints of cedar, and beef jerky. Very smoky up front but not obliterating, in my opinion a good balance of smoke and other flavors I’ll agree with Tim about some back end fruit flavors. Extremely smooth and very very tasty.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2865) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was happy to find this still in stock(or restocked) at Yamaoka and picked up a bottle. 7% Served in my new stein for that authentic rauchbier experience. Big fluffy beige head, fantastic staying power and lacing on it. HUGE smokey nose, smoked ham, maple and malty sweet goodness. Medium bodied with a smooth & slick mouthfeel. The taste is nutty, smokey, chewy dark malts, honey glazed smoked ham. This shit is GOOD.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap and from the bottle. Lightly smoked bock. THis brewery makes some very enjoyable german styled beers, although their beers have a tendancy to be over carbonated. Certainly a top draw beer though
Capa (2237) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The brewmaster brought out a keg of this when the RBJG group showed up. Absolutely stunning beer. Roasted, smokey, chocolate, caramel, bread dough, and light dark fruits. Full bodied and smooth. I quickly wen through my other beers so I could try more of this. An gem of a beer.