Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle pours a deep and hazy amber with a 6 inch head that clings well... Still lots of head. The aroma is malty, yeasty, floral hops, and pipe tobaco. The flavor is a real nice mellow bundle of malt, light smoke, Belgian stale hops, lingering ale sour notes, ripe cave aged blue cheese, with some light bitterness playing with the other notes well. The juniper did not really hit me until much warming. The palate is mostly cleansing and fairly medium bodied. Overall, kind of nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark ruby amber with brown tones and a massive foamy cloud-like beige head. Aroma is very earthy, spicy- floral hops, flowers, tons of spices- pepper, some clove- earth and leather, light cold smoke- some smoked fish, juniper berries, pine and mint. Good full flavor- more pine, mint, juniper- gin-like- solid malt backbone- sweet toffee, roast, some chocolate, and some woody earthy hints. Bitter and slightly astringent finish. Very unique and enjoyable. I feel like this is similar to the Jackeldricka from Heavywieght, except this one is highly carbonated and sweeter. Nice beer.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Dark reddy colour. Smoky malts and juniper lurking somewhere behind that. Makes me think of eating a plate of spicy sauerkraut with smoky cured meats. I liked the flavours with the smokiness continuing and the addition of a little hop and malt flavour. Unfortunately quite thin with spritzy carbonation which spoiled it a bit for me.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, dark clear bronze with an off-white head. Smoke and caramel in the nose, pleasant. Flavor has notes of smoked malt, wood, caramel, light chocolate, brown sugar, noble hops and toffee. A bit harsh tasting overal. Thin bodied with very lively carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours dark brown, nearly impenetrable by light, with a huge, frothy, light brown head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (nutty, bread, cookie, straw), light hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (meat, broth, horse blanket) with notes of juniper, smoke, charcoal, and lightly charred wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, light sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity; wonderful ashed oak and toasted straw flavor with hints of smoked meat and juniper.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a medium and muddy brownish / amberish color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, bacon / meat, wood, and light roast. Tastes of smoke, woody / earthy, and lighter meatiness. Thin body.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was smoke and oak with a toasty caramel undercurrent and a beechwood presence. The aroma was woodsy and a bit earthy but mostly the aroma was pleasant phenolic smoke. The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy amber with a frothy, tall and huge tannish head which lasted forever to lace the glass. The flavor was strong smoke with a woodsy and herbal characteristic and a molasses and honey undercurrent. The flavor was hugely phenolic and the bittering was not challenged much by the caramel malt presence. The finish was dry with lasting citrus and piney characteristics well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and despite a huge head, the carbonation level was only moderate. An interesting beer, but in need of a balance to the flavors and a notch less smoky phenolics. 16.9 ounce bottle. Batch 72 brewed Apr. 07.
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown, almost a deep cidery color, topped with fine, beaded lacing. Pleasing bouquet of juniper berry with background of smoke and some muskiness. Medium to full-bodied, well-rounded by juniper berry flavor. Complex, sturdy backbone of malt w. wafts of smoke. Dry smoke woodiness on finish. Quite nice, though the smoke overstays its welcome as the beer warms and 2/3 way through the pint.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dirty borwn pour with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of smoke, bacon and light caramel malt. Flavors of light sweet malt, smoke, bacon, light caramel and bitterness. Medium body, smoky/malty dry/smoky/bitter finish.
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut brown in color with big tan head. Aroma is brown sugar and cherries with a smoky edge. Taste is bacony with light body. $6/500ml