3fourths (7063) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Zoiglstube and later at the Fränkisches Bierfest in Nürnberg.
Lightly hazed amber with a rocky off-white head. Immensely deep aroma, nearly as stunning as that first smell of Affumicator: red apples, cedar, peppered meat, a little ashy, sweet and fruity, burnt candied apples or something. Chewy, sweet toffee malts and cherry and plum flavored malt sugars. Clean fermentation. Creamy carbonation. Ebbing and flowing and swelling aroma. So it was in fantastic shape from one keg, and from another at the bierfest it was crunchy, sourish and acidic. Damn shame if anyone got a first impression of this beer from that one keg. This is a beauty when it’s in good shape.
Koelschtrinker (8615) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Würzig rauchiger Antrunk, sehr süffig. Leichte Schokoladennoten, sich, die Rauchigkeit wird leicht süß. Minimal bitter, zum Ende milder. Gut. 11/11/12/12//12
oh6gdx (18799) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught@HBF2013. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is smoke, tar, toffee, grass and mild wooden and resiny notes. Flavour is fruity, wooden, toffeeish with some herbal notes and just some mild burnt wet wooden notes.
Mortlach (745) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
05/06/2013 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Ambrata spenta, leggermente torbida, schiuma bianco sporca discreta, non molto persistente. Al naso sentori di malto, caramello, bacon. In bocca è equilibrata ma un po’ spenta, caramello, affumicato, qualche nota di pane. Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Forse non al meglio, comunque discreta.
FatPhil (7597) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap (HBF2013, Saturday)
Lovely smoky aroma. Classic in the style, just like Heller’s Marzen. However, it’s simpler in the taste, a bit watery. Nice,and very drinkable, but a little bit disappointing given the wonderful aroma.
mjs (3665) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at HBF2013) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had smoke, smoked meat, smoked cheese and grilled sausage. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were smoke, smoked ham, grilled sausage, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was smoky. A very smoky and meaty brew.
olio (4156) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ HBF2013.
Pours hazy copper color with a small head. Aroma of tar, smoke and caramel malts. Flavour of smoked meat, malts, caramel and mild lemon notes. Odd but decent.
lusikka (4124) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ HBF2013. Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma of tar, smoked ham, grass and bread. Flavour of sweet malts, smoked ham, wood, bread and meat. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a malty smoked finish. Rather unique.
laiti (4016) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013
Draught @ HBF’13
Aroma is stale and odd with smoke, bun dough, sweatåpoop (t. pade) and hints of tar. Flavour has smoke, tar, some sweaty notes. Also some burned wood. Quite leathery palate. Interesting, could work with smoked meat.
tiong (2297) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ HBF 2013
Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma of leather, farmyard, malts and hints of smoke. Taste is sweetish and malty with notes of leather, malts, smoke and farmyard. Finish has notes of tar, sweet malts and leather. Quite untypical, but tasty.