zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler direct from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Huge hickory smoke on the nose with faint dark chocolate in the background. Smoke is obviously present and consumes the palate providing an almost velvety feel that reminds me of standing near a campfire. While some smoked beers have a smoked meat flavor (sausage, salmon, etc.) this one is pure smoke. For some this may be too harsh but as I got used to the intial shock I became more infatuated by this beer. Per the suggestion of the brewery and its commercial description I chose to try this paired with Eastern North Carolina barbecue. I agree that this is the perfect pairing. When paired with barbecue the subtle smoke from the pork is in perfect harmony with the hickory smoke in the beer. Whether BBQ is your thing or not this is worth seeking out.
RABinVA (990) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pre-filled growler picked up at Sam’s in Durham. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that fades to a persistent halo. No real lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky, roasted chocolate malt. Taste is VERY smoky, nice signature hickory flavor. A bit overly sweet, like maple syrup. But a nice nuttiness on the end. Very smooth mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry. Very easy drinking.
Rrauth (902) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Beerilicious iphone app: Nice beer. Great with some dry rub ribs. Make sure you are in the mood for a smoked beer and you’re good to go
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Tyler’s. Aroma of beef jerky. This is a light bodied, easy drinking beer with a lot of smokey goodness balanced with some nice malt base. A session smoked porter? Sure!
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of beef jerky, salty and very smoky. This is light bodied and very drinkable, especially considering the style. Granted, my throat would be dry because of the salty and smoky flavors after 2 of these, but I still would do it again. Reminds me a lot of the Highland Big Butte Porter, and its almost as good as that.
beerme31 (432) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at brewery in spring 2011. Dark brown with full tan head. Strong smokey aroma, resin, pork bbq. Full body and flavorful malt, mild sweetness. After finishing felt like I ate dinner as I was no longer hungry.
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a beer you can smell and really have a great feel for how it taste. When consumed the amount of carbonation is a great compliment to it’s bold smell and flavor.
cmc619 (352) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from brewery taproom. Pours with a great, foamy, 1.5" head. Dark brown. Aroma is yeast, bacon, smoke, and something I can’t identify. Taste is malt, low bitters, mild smoke. Body/mouthfeel very light, almost thin. A bit dry on the finish--big carbonation bite. I had this with a burger, which went well, but I still need to try it with the recommended pairing: NC chopped BBQ.
This is a rauchbier, so people will either love it or hate it. I like rauchbier, and this is a highly accessible one, as they go--call it a Rauchbier Lite. If you’ve had Schlenkerla and been a bit put off by its extreme meatiness, you should try this.
devilben02 (252) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a common deep brown color with glimmers of red shining through and a meager cap of foam on top. The aroma is uncommon, however, with a smoothly-blended combination of smoke, a bit of nuttiness, and a light malty sweetness. The flavor is even more distinctive, with quite a bit of caramel sweetness being consumed by a sweet, woodsy smokiness. The soft carbonation keeps the flavors from becoming syrupy and helps the beer glide across the tongue.
HourGlass13 (20) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown in the glass. This is beyond very smokey, it is liquid smoke. Not much flavor beyond that. A very interesting beer, but not easy to drink.