Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown, surprisingly light/bright. In my excitement I poured the dregs. Has a half finger of tan fine tan head. Aroma is smoke, smoked malt, mesquite, caramel, soy sauce, and alcohol. Flavor is bitter up front, fading into smoked and roasted malt tones, caramel and cocoa hints. Finishes mildly hoppy and bitter. Soft to moderate carbonation and medium-full body. Smooth texture. Flavorful and balanced, the hops provide a nice contrast to the smokiness. For some reason however, I wish it were a little smokier. This is a very good beer.
bernatbeer (417) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
En botella y tirador.Tostada con toques rojizos y buena espuma.Aromas a malta ahumada,caramelo y lķpulo.Algo de banana y clavo moderado,debido a la levadura.Interesante y rica
jkwood04 (2933) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours deep brown/ruby with a beige head. Aroma of some smoked malts like a light barbecue, a good amount of dark and caramel malts, and a good amount of bitter hoppiness. Flavor the same with a lot of malts and yeastiness to balance out the smoked notes. Average to smooth texture. An interesting beer that is milder than many of its style.
pintbypint (2275) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml brown bottle. Dark brown pour with dark red tones. Full creamy whitish cap with good stickiness. Smoky nose with obvious bacon and campfire notes, some sweeter caramel notes as well. Taste has smoky roasted malt, some caramel. Finish has nice hop notes that evolve late and impart tones of fruit and grass. Lingering roasted malts and lasting smokiness round things out. Light alcohol note that blends in well. Medium body, soft carbonation. An interesting hoppy smoked beer.
stoutnick (287) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beauty of an aroma coming off this one - smoking barbecqued bacon - yummo. It looks how it smells; like murky pond water. Sadly the taste isnít my sort of smoked beer. It has a big sweet smokiness about it, like too much BBQ sauce on your burger. Prefer the dry finish to be honest.
TAR (2387) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep prune with a ruby glow. Huge and persistent lathery cap of light beige foam. Airy, peppery phenols and enchantingly dusty yeast line the nose along with sassafras, browned toffee, cocoa, licorice, tobacco, and fruitcake aromas. Soft, expansive carbonation. Lustrously fruity and explosive, initially, with a hearty, body-sustaining punch of smoke laced with an abundance of juicy melanoidin and lush bread notes. Vague tartness and an irony coarseness exude briefly, though the deeply resonant malt displaces much of it. Dusty yeast adds intrigue and finespun nuance as it cuts the sweetness, as does a very subtle scratch of roast. Slippery wheatlike twang couples with spicy phenols to breathe vitality into the bodyís core while balancing the polished and artfully layered malt. Awe-inspiring attenuation, all around. Residual sugars deposit a semi-weighty tackiness akin to liquified toffee and chocolate mousse which provide just enough tongue-coating viscosity to satiate yet not overshadow any of the dazzling malt nuances. Finishes lightly leathery and bittersweet with sharp charcoal being squelched by everlasting silky melanoidins. Wow, the character has Bavaria stamped all over it. Ridiculously richly malty yet equally quaffable, with Haandís yeast of divinity on full display. Barring the very mild tartness, this is flawless.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, and then overflowing, pale brown head. The beer is a dark chocolate brown color that shows a deep, brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells phenolic, redolent of some with some plastic overtones to it. There is a sweetness to the smokiness here, actually once you really dig into it one realizes that the sweetness is actually a fruitiness that is characteristic of hops; tropical fruit, lychee, kumquat zest, and ripe tangelo zest are all quite noticeable once you start to dig around. Touches of Juicy Fruit bubblegum are vageully noticeable from time to time.
Up front is noticeable a bright fruity hop character, quickly a deep smokiness starts to settle into the palate, but the hop character continues to linger, but now has more herbal, woody, and pine notes accentuated; the smokiness then really lingers on in the finish with along with some bitterness, both of which add a bite to the end of each sip. Underneath the dominant smoke and hop character there is a soft, chalky, hint of browned malt, toasted whole grain bread, and slight roasted malt bitterness.
An interesting mix, I would have not really guessed that American Hops and Smoked malt would really mix together this will; though I have certainly wondered before.
JefVerstraete (673) - BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, nice beige head. Good carbonation. Smoked flavour with bitter hoppy aftertaste. Earthy. Not very easy drinkable but nice.
thb (644) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First beer of theirs Iíve had that isnít an absolute world-beater. Still good though. Pours dark, swampy reddish brown. Aroma is smoky, of course, but its quite restrained as smokebeers go, and the base beer is able to show through. Base beer is pleasant, but unremarkable. Alcohol is hidden.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whole Foods, Bowery 50cl ($10): Pours dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma is lightly smoky, but not as woody or peaty as other rauchbier. The yeast is definitely in the aroma as well. Taste has some nice roast. The hoppiness is present for sure, providing some bitterness and more tree flavor. Body is nice. Alcohol is well-covered. This is a subtle and very drinkable smoke beer.