DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Lowbrau. Bottled on 3/10/14. There is a good sweet caramel nose, which is backed up by a moderate smoked maltiness. Quite quaffable. Transparent ruddy amber body with a small, off-white head present. Starts with smoked malts early on, before some caramel sweetness takes over in the middle. A little metallic. Finishes with more charred smokiness and a little bitterness. Solid.
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby amber with a large creamy tan head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly smoky, nutty, malty, caramel. Flavor is light sweet and light bitter, smoke present but not overpowering, nice nutty dark bread malt tones. Medium body, high carbonation, soft mouthfeel. Nice beer.
popery (1365) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium brown, a nice rich shade like a polished reddish mahogany. The liquid seems hazy, though itís somewhat hard to tell in a mug. Relatively small head, light khaki in color. Fades away pretty quickly. Iím guessing that smoked malt has this effect. The aroma has a full, round malt character on a background of meaty smoke. Good caramel. Quite nutty. The smoked malt adds a hammy flavor with a touch of char, and while the flavor wonít be missed, it mostly stays in a supporting role. Typically, smoked malt either dominates a beer or gets lost completely, so itís nice to find a beer where the smoke is somewhere in between these extremes. The taste follows the aroma. Lots of nutty, toasty malt with a healthy dose of dried out caramel and the added complexity of a layer of smoke. Itís tasty stuff. The base Dunkel seems very well made, and the smoked malt throws a chunk of meaty goodness into the mix. Drier than expected. Itís not a terribly dry beer, but it also never really sweetens up. Thereís a lot of nutty, bready malt character but without the normal accompanying sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. The beer fills the mouth with flavor rather than sweetness. Drinks bigger than the abv. Finishes with clean, albeit malty and smoky, flavors. Heater Allen is three for three for me, so far.
skoisirius (1580) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well apparently the brewery is not the only spot to snag this 22oz bottle, thankfully! Nice dirt malt on the nose, hints of smoke and clove. Dark brown pour. Lighter hints of Earth and dirt, a tiny banana, and a fairly smokey, yet polite about it finish. Good stuff like all their brews.
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz.bottle. It pours a dark copper brown color with a small orange head. The aroma has nice notes of smoke, salted meats and jerky. Maybe dark maltiness in the background. The flavor has more balance of the regular dark malts and rauch malt. Toast up front followed by some salty meat, wood and smoke. The mouthfeel is a bit of a let down, but maybe thatís due to the lower gravity than Iím used to for smoked beers. Pretty good stuff.
douglas88 (5837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a cloudy brown color with a small white head. I guess is getting some distribution now. A nice malty and smoky nose. The flavor is bready, sweet fruity malts, biscuit, a bit of heavy smoke, coal. Cola. Very nice. Bready as all hell, and very light bitter hops. Smoke lingers. Awesome.
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pour is slightly murky brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Meat drippings, oak, light char, dark fruits, bread, cherry pit, and toasted crackers in the aroma. Taste is bacon, smoked oak, hay, light maple, earthiness, yeasty, and light fruitiness on the backend. Medium body with medium-to-high carboantion. Pretty nice smoked lager.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle pours reddish brown with a tan head. Chestnut molasses aroma with the perfect smokiness. Creamy mouthfeel, grainy malts, with a subtlly smokey finish. Well done Heater Allen.
Teddlet (10) - Magalia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Like drinking a sweet & sour miso soup. The smoke is just right and upfront, so it gets cleaned from the palate by the malt sweetness and the lager yeast flavors. Delectably complex while being quaffable and at 5.2 abv relatively sessionable.
bvc (1148) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle with a bottle on date of 3/10/14. Darker clean/clear brown with a thin off white head. Sweetness of dark wheat bread with hints of caramel and light smoke. Clean, light and restrained up front...roasted nutty dark wheat bread, moves into subtle smoke notes that are on the sweet and not meaty or acrid side. Finishes on the dry side with some cola notes as well.