RumRunner101 (866) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown pour. Smoked meat nose. Full bodied with smokey malt, ash, smoked bacon, pear. Not the most intense smoked beer. It’s growing on me.
stantheman (720) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liberty Wine Merchants on The Drive in Vancouver. I’ll save readers the tedium of my descriptions. Others have described it better than I.
I love this as a winter beer! It has the characteristics of a good imperial porter or stout. My sole complaint is that I really don’t detect much smoke. I’ve had smoked porters that were obviously smoky, but not this baby. If I wasn’t looking for it I think I’d miss it, which means I may be imagining it. Heaven forbid!
Still a great dark winter beer!
Mjollnir (391) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, 16/9/10. Pours clear mahogany with brick red highlights anfd a dense, persistent off-white head. The smoke in this bottle takes a back seat to a rich dark fruit cake, caramel, a little chocolate, some fruity esters and alcohol. Quite sweet, a bit of acid and mild bitterness. Medium-full bodied, a bit syrupy, soft carbonation leading to a reasonably short drying and slightly bitter finish.
teddybeer (2575) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with an off-white head, moderate creamy, medium lasting, moderate lacing. Aroma is light smoky with hints of caramel, slightly coffee and roasted malts. Flavor has notes of roasted malts, moderate smokyness, leather and meat, slightly sweet notes. The final is roasty with notes of light bitterness and smoke.
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown, tan head. Aroma of campfire, toffee, berry, roast. Flavour is campfire, licorice, berry, roast. Simple but rockin’. Drank it with a friend just getting into craft, warned her away from it because of the smoke but she ended up calling it the best beer she’d ever had so there ya go.
DocJitsu (1180) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky tobacco brown color with a large tan head with good retention. White pepper, cola, and medium-roast malt on the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth with fine scrubbiness on the rear of the palate. Medium-roast malt and some ripe, dark fruit flavors. Finishes with a Hickory, Liquid Smoke flavor.
Rangi (631) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, smooth, rich and smokey. Really liked this it was brilliant. Would need to buy another to go over again but I just remember the smooth rich and great smokey aspects that made up this beer. Great with the rib eye steak cooked on the BBQ.
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nydelig mørk farge med stort tett skum. Smaken er noe søt med fyldig maltpreg og en del mindre røyksmak enn jeg hadde forventet. En god øl som varer.
Hansen (7309) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
DØE 2013: Brown coloured and hazy. Has an off-white head, lasting. Malty aroma, lightly smoked. More smoke in the flavor, sweetness, harmonic, bitter finish. Faint bitter.
Bahumat (132) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! The aroma of this beer cannot be adequately described. It smells from the first moment we opened the bottle like someone had unpacked a delicious smoked sausage; instantly mouth-watering and unique, layered atop the scent of good beer.
Aroma: Delicious smoked sausage, and good beer. The use of the wheat ale yeast means that it carries a much lighter aroma for the beer than one would expect; but it’s absolutely and by far the most delicious smelling beer I’ve ever had the pleasure of engaging.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola with very thin tan head.
Taste: Very, very reminiscent of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, with a gentle astringency and powerful earthy malt tones that fade into strong chocolate/coffee notes at the back. Sweet and delicious. The taste develops across multiple sips, opening up wonderfully.
Palate: Pleasantly astringent with light carbonation, a little residual fizz and moderate astringency on the tongue and palate.
Overall: This is the best smelling beer I’ve ever enjoyed. By far. I want to sit and huff this beer for hours. Taste-wise, it’s an excellent stout-like taste with a little more hops than I’d like, but it is delicious nonetheless. If you’re looking for a real pleaser and enjoy aromatic stouts/imperial stouts, this one is absolutely for you.
Hats off to Haandbryggeriet!