Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just tapped at the brewery’s taproom. Sampled on draught, pours a semi-hazy orange brown colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipated and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma is smoked pork jerky, some traces of apple or beachwood, and some west coast-calber citrusy hops. Taste is full bodied, average carbonation with flavors of smoked pork jerky, light apple, grapefruit, and a touch of earthy spice. Finish has a medium hop aftertaste that lasts a little longer than the smoked malt flavor. An Americanized hopped smoked brown ale with German malt/yeast ingredients is best way to describe this special test release.
Ernest (6728) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Holy Grale (back in Feb 2015). Head is mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, malt syrup), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of smoke, taffy, plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation.
Despite this brewery being pretty popular in Louisville, I never did find any samples that were better than average...and this highly recommended (by Holy Grale staff) brew is no exception. Strong vitamin B stink kinda ruins the nose, and it’s syrupy sweet in the mouth. Could only drink a few ounces before dumping the rest of the glass out. It’s doubly sad since this brewery is not only heavy metal themed but also influenced by (and taught by) a fave brewery of my own, Haandbryggeriet. As with Jester King, though, I’m left underwhelmed by the beer quality from these metalheads (all due respect of course). Hopefully in time things will improve...
shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Smoked ham, barley malt and hay aroma. Hazy amber with large head. Sweet smoked ham, malt, and lightly bitter herbal hay flavor. Nice body. Very tasty.
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tao. Aroma of smoke and taste is sweet. Reminds me of maple bacon. Not over powering.
Ericular (800) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is right in Hammeheart’s wheelhouse. Even if it’s not a Top 5 style of mine, I can appreciate talent when I taste it. Pours a nice bright, deep orange. Perfect if you’re in the mood for a smoked beer. Wood, leather, smoked jerky, some leather, more wood, and so forth. Am I manly enough for this creation?
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ABR 2014. Good rauch beer, with lots of smoke in the flavor and aroma. Not complex; it doesn’t need to be. This is what I expect from a smoked beer.
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at ABR 2014. Smoked Oktoberfest. Hazy orange. Smoked meat in this. Another great smoked beer from the area’s leader in smoked beers.