caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, batch nr 66. Slight hazy redbrown color, huge frothy brownish head. Soft aroma of some malt, quite smokey, slight fruity, bit weak though, bit yeasty and cheesy. Taste is quite bitter, only very slightly sweet, still the smoked touch coming through, bit nutty. Bit dry palate.
Stine (1760) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robust, glowing chestnut pour, retaining its beige skin throughout and letting only the slightest silhouette through the muck. Beautiful. Punchy, bold aroma of juniper imparts a crisp gin and zesty lime character; needly, cool, and tepidly synthetic. Shades of orange and toffee in earthy sweetness, becoming increasingly fruity and bright with warmth. An overpowering dry cedar quality dominates the initial flavor, leading toward more tart lime juice and wet spruce tips, being thoroughly layered with rustic smoke and crisp fruit sugars. The fire, the mountain air, and the slowness of the roast are intimately and richly felt. Spiced pumpernickel, a touch of soapish coffee acidity, and yeasts with a wild attitude; somehow at once sprightly and dark. Of medium body with a very dry bite in the mouth, finishing with a heavy hit of floral foliage and puckering lemon plastic, warming on the final smack into hot, caramelized sugar and dough. Detailed, and delicate, but perhaps donning too blatant a simplicity of synthetic tone, which is counterintuitive. Altogether intriguing, though. Thanks Zac!
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky, malty aroma. Super reddish hazy amber color with a beige head that just stood tall. Medium body with creamy carbonation. It has the toasted malt character of a stout (smoked stout?), but there are fruit aspects. This suggests smoked meats - i.e., it would go really well with smoked meats. The finish is dry, but not astringent, and there is wood, not just smoke. Now a bit of what might be juniper comes through. This is really good and complicated.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was kind of different.Poured brown with an ivory head.The nose smelt of a campfire.Flavor was of smoke and berries with a slight smoky finish.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. thanks gk. woody brown pour with foamy head. mellow smoke and mild hop aroma. quality smoky flavor. nutty. fire roasted malts. well balanced. smoke is up front and steady.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at GBBF 2007. 50 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a huge white head. Aroma of smoke wood. Very tasty with flavour of smoke wood, spices and ends up very smooth. Hard to drink a lot of this beer.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber/brown color with a huge beige head. Aroma of smoked malts. Flavor of smoked malts and spices.
bierkoning (12387) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Woody, smokey aroma with licorice. Flavor has fat bacon, smoke, beechwood. Smoky and hopbitter aftertaste. A huge taste bomb, there is nothing refined and balanced in this beer, but it is certainly a tasty and very interesting one.
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours an effervescent, dark reddish body with a small, fizzy off-white head.
Smell: Intensely smokey, meat-laden nose with hints of wood and fire-roasted juniper berries.
Taste: Dark caramel flavor and sweetness that’s smothered with a ton of smokiness and wood. Mmm, thick-cut bacon. Charred juniper berries and mint. Christmastime potpourri blend. Hint of yeast. Finshes dry, with an herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated, kinda fizzy actually.
Drinkability: I hope you like your beers smokey!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown-red with a big-bubbled light khaki head. Moderate meaty smoke aroma with some spice. The juniper is more apparent in the taste, with the smoke and juniper combining to form a nice smoky earthy flavor, like someone tossed a piece of charred fragrant wood into my beer. And I mean that in good way.