omhper (23678) - 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 (21631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (15152) - 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 (13398) - 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.
Ferris (12876) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Touch of manure and smoke. Deep brown with an off white head. Well balanced smoke, malts and yeast. Very drinkable.
KyotoLefty (9388) - 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)
BuckeyeBoy (6091) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle thanks to kyotolefty. pours out a brown topped with a small head. nose is smoke cured meat and a nice malt. Taste is more of the smoke cured meat this is nice.
JulienHuxley (5606) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Hazy brown pour with thin white head. Aroma is nice and smoky, nice malty notes, light brown sugar. Taste is smoky, nice dry smoke, light maltiness. Palate is light-med bodied with light carbonation. Good.
TimE (5081) - 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.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4656) - 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.