jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Deep amber/dark copper body. Fizzy, off-white head. Aroma of smoke and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate, caramel and fruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry. Light campfire smoke taste. So no smoked bacon taste from this beer which was nice.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 25, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 If one should care to, please refer to my review of the base beer, as I will simply focus on my ’perceived’ differences here. This one feels ’darker’, a bit rounder, creamier as it warms, with a slightly fuller mouthfeel. The cocoa/chocolate milk nuance is a bit richer, and there is a touch more leafy bitterness in the finish. The smoke is handled deftly, and wafts along smoothly. There is something very ’authentic’ about this beer; not just in terms of ’traditional brewing standards’ or anything strictly beer-centric at all. This hearkens to the quiet satisfaction of appreciating something of deep quality. The type of enjoyment that stirs other emotions, humble and true.
The day’s ranging is done, and darkness has set in the deep wilderness. Camp is made, the fire prepared, and your game is slowly roasting.
Glowing, feral eyes glide between the trees ... deep, sweet woodsmoke curls into the thick silence beyond ... and the rhythmic drone of your knife on the hone, creates a ’song’ with the fitful embers.
boFNjackson (3897) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Belmont Station... Poured dark brown with a moderate khaki head. Really nice smoked beer. Strong smokiness but wasn’t overwhelming. Low yeast presence, some tasted sweetness and roast with a strong campfire presence. Nice drinking beer if your into smoke things.