Acknud (1024) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too smokey for me. Drank on draft at GI- Wrigley. Pours brown with some ruby highlights and spare head. If you can get past the smoke the is some flavor of raisin, plums and soy sauce.
NachlamSie (2345) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draught. Pours a semi cloudy dark copper. The aroma is mild overall, but sports a hefty amount of bacon, campfire, and a modest caramelized sweetness. This is very, very smooth and easy to drink while still maintaining a respectable amount and balance of flavors. It’s pretty meaty with a tasty, bready foundation. If ever there was a session rauchbier, this is it. I thought it was interesting that more distinct and isolated bacon/smoke qualities were here than in their smokED. note: the description on the menu described 80% smoked malt and an abv. of just over 4%.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I guess I liked this beer a lot more than most people. On tap at Goose on Clybourn. The aroma was of overpowering smoke, like you are sitting by a campfire. The beer poured brown with a thin off white head. Nice smoked flavor with a little bit of caramel and malt. For some reason I was not expecting a lot out of this beer, but I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to have the Imperial Smoked Brown Goose though.
drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
rating from memory, poured muddy brown with little head, nose was pretty smokey. flavor was fine it’s just way too thin. this is sorta like a smoked small beer. quaffable.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at GI. Pours a muddy brown color. The aromas come off as lots of smoke, very campfire like. When I tasted it, it was hard to get over the thin watery body, not something you usually associate with a smoked beer. Beyond that you did get a nice mouthfull of smoke a little carmel and hop bitterness.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at GI Clybourn location. 3.8 abv. Pours brown (deep clear red when held up to light) with an off-white head. Instense smoky aroma, which is fine with me. Flavor is dominated by smoked beechwood then comes notes of caramel and light grassiness at the end. Very light bodied with soft carbonation. Starts off tasty but ends a bit watery. Overall, solid.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Clybourn. Poured a hazy, deeper iced tea brown with a short & creamy beige cap. Nose picked up somewhat watered-down smoked peat (pretty sure it was supposed to), caramel, and hints of meat... really well done. Smoky chocolate, caramel, and peat in the flavor.. mild perfumey bitterness surrounded the mouth... great smoky caramel finish. Carbonation was a tad too high.. very light on the palate.. flavors hit the right tastebuds, though. Good stuff.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smokey brown color that was semi-cloudy. Smells like Pledge. Smokey flavor FOR REAL. Smooth. Not too hoppy. Light carbonation. I clearly do not like beer that tastes like a smokey fireplace.
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Clybourne. Nice reddish brown lager with a thin white hed. Faint barley sugar in aroma, not very smokey. In mouth, very striking smoked wood, resinous and pleasant. Lighter bodied but surprinsgly good surprise. Nov. 10, 2005.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Orange tinted ruby. Silky white bubbles cover the class. Saliva inducing scents of tangy smoked jerky and plums invade the nose. Lightly chalky and nutty. Hard-edged carbonation. Opens with fruity hop accents along with some juicy slickness which harmonize with the earthy smoke. Somewhat salty. So flavorful, yet relaxed and dangerously quaffable, with a full, multilayered soft breadiness along with a moist pinch of depth lending tobacco. Smoke takes a backseat to the seemingly endless array of malts, as they take on bits of glazed sweetness and a firm cookie presence. Rigid chalkiness highlights the peppery hop accents and anise dusted melon. Bready malts and honeydew melon accompany the ghostlike smoke in the finish. Talk about a session brew that sustains. Spectacular.