RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean and clear cherry-red/amber pour with moderate white head that disappears quickly. Medium smoky nose with touches of sweet, moderately roasted maltiness. Flavors are likewise moderately smoky (pairs well with BBQ) and sweet malt bottom. The smoke is pretty well in check here (making it a nice introduction to smoked beer newbies) but really well done...certainly enough to satisfy the afficiandos of the Bamberg region beers. A fine example of the Franconian regional beers and another great entry from the GI brewers. Nicely brewed!
andyhwcinc (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the mega Whole Foods in Chicago, IL while running some errands and getting some lunch. Appearance is a coffee like darkish brown with a very thin white rim. Aroma of smoked malt, bit of wheat, not overtly smoked but definitely dominates the aroma. Taste has a touch of spice with a light wheat flavor, notes of light chocolate and smoke. Definitely leaves a raw feeling in the back of my throat. Pretty decent smoked ale.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmm, not sure whats going on here, the caraway and rye bread is very dominant not so much the smoked here... but a cool idea and decent tasting, not going to blow someones socks off but respectable from goose island.
beerbaaron (1355) - Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unclear reddish brown amber. Medium to large beige head, fully lasting with drippy lace. Smoke, peat, campfire, wheat, candy/fruit loops(?am I crazy!). Unique. Sweet and smoked. Smooth and surprisingly balanced to me. Interesting how it all comes together. Not being overly smoked allows more of the lighter character to stay in the background and makes for a fun beer to taste.
monkeychugg55 (911) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy medium brown with a small white head. The aroma is light smoke and some Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar, but also includes bourbon barrel, and spice. The finish is very dry, with some wood and smoke. Alright, but the overall mix is a little weird.
rhsiung (849) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap @ fischman, so a little west of pulaski. far from intense, but a nice pure smoke. rating #10!
dlbeer (842) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of smoke and wheat. Tastes smokey with a slight sweetness.
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ddemmingjr (724) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap from Heinen's so I've got a growler to ponder this one from: pours clear deep mahogany, fluffy khaki head that persists. Nose of smoked wheat, peat, rye bread, peppercorns. On the palate, roasted grains, wheat, rye bread, peppercorns, subtle sweetness possibly from caramel malts, a bit nutty and subtle dark fruits. Such a unique, complex style that we don't see often. Lighter bodied, somewhat dry finish. Really drinkable and I'm happy this is all mine this evening on the deck...
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jlruthven (562) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Craftsman. Pours murky brick red, big soapy/foamy head. Sweet woodsmoke, big rye, bits of caramel and a hint of oak. Taste follows, with maybe a bit of vanilla sweetness from the bourbon barrel residue (or maybe its just my imagination). Soft, full palate. Nice.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at the Beer Bistro in the West Loop, Chicago IL. Served in a Goose Island branded chalice.
Served with a two finger fluffy off-white head. The body is amber with dark brown hues. The head retention is excellent and a bunch of splotchy lacing coats the inside of the glass. The nose is a combination of rich toffee, light peppery spice and mild accents of smoky, charred oak. Quite complex, caramel and nutty toffee upfront and through the midpalate, joined by rye, peppercorn, and caraway that tingles the tongue. Finishes semi-dry with light smoke and continued rye and caraway spiciness. Lighter side of medium body with adequate, but gentle carbonation. Slick with malty smoothness. Highly drinkable. This beer was really impressive. The complexities are subtle, abundant, and expertly balanced. The result of the creativity that went into Casimir exceeded my expectations. A true pleasure to drink.