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 (3562) - 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 (1930) - 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
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark head with thick tan body. The fluffy head sticks around for a while. Aroma of juniper and malt. Flavor is very strong malt w/ smoked bacon flavor. Tria -> Philadelphia $6 (but $12 regularly)
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Batch 72, Brewed Apr. 07. 500mL bottle. Cloudy dark brown with a three finger rocky beige head, good retention. Aroma has a fair amount of smoke, dry wood and some roast, but unfortunately there is some hairspray as well. Although I’m not entirely sure what juniper smells/tastes like, I’m not getting it here. Flavor is much the same, little sweetness, some wood acidity in the middle with an earthy ashy bitter finish (3-4 out of 10). Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Much better than the piece of crap Viking rauch I had earlier, but that’s pretty much a given. 6-4-7-3-13--3.3.
RERATE: Batch 109, brewed Nov. ’07. Clear copper brown with a 1 1/2 finger light beige head, fair retention. Aroma has a good amount of campfire smoke and beef jerky. There is also some clean caramel malts behind. As it warms, there is a bit of a soapy note, but doesn’t really detract too much.The flavor is still pretty smoky, and seems dry (from the smoke) but actually has a fair amount of sweet caramel and lightly sweet toasted malts. There is a light fruitiness that one could possibly say is juniper, though without knowing, I would not have picked it out. Roasty semi-dry finish with bitterness that’s around a 3. Highly carbonated with a medium body. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than the last bottle I had. 7-4-8-3-14--3.6
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #70 bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Dark brown with ruby red tint and huge beige slowly dissipating head. Smoked aroma with dryish roasted malt. Flavor is all smoke with some sweet malt taste, dark fruit, pretty intense. Small to medium body that is well carbonated. Big smoke that is very nice all around.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Very interesting notion, one I was completely unfamiliar with prior to this bottle. A very lively pour, with massive head and carbonation. The berries are faintly evident in the nose, but generally crowded out by the smoke. As the beer settles down, the smooth smoke isn’t quite so evident (in either nose or flavor) but there’s a pleasant balance between the tart berries, some hops, and the firewood flavor. Most of what I got was a Belgian black, but there are enough distinctive notes to give this one props.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark caramel, burnt, brownish in color, large frothy light beige head, clumpy lacing.   Smoked malt nose, very slight
bacon and/or pork fat.   Sweet smokey malt start, subtle hop presense, clean on the backside, lingering campfire and ash.   A little
bright, bubbley, and certainly tangy on the tongue.   Not getting much Juniper Berry out of this one.   Smoke and ash tend to
dominate, followed by the malts.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Has sort of a Belgianesque sweet bubbley aspect after the
finish.   Yeah, like a smoked but with some sort of sweet Belgian yeastie backside.   Unique, and quite tasty.   While the nose
seems to hint bacon or pork products, it does not come out on the tongue, thankfully.   Different from the norm, and in my opinion well
recieved.   Literally, a Rauchbier start with a Belgian backside.   Very different, and quite well done.   Yum!
3fourths (8699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Muddy brown body with a tan head. The nose on this is hugely rich, with heavy toasted grains, toasted wheat bread, faint yeast esters, meaty smoke, and drying, aged wood. The body is medium to light, with a softness and spiciness that’s pretty unique. Heavy flavors of toasted bread, lightly charred grains and more of that meat/jerky/smoke flavor. Good stuff, and something that stood out from the rest of the beer sampled on this night.