beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, fairly clear brown / orange pour (decanted). Malty aroma with a decent amout of fruity apple and a bit of smoke. Appropriately malty flavors again with a bit of smoke. I don’t have the bottle anymore, and didn’t record the vintage in my notes, but I think my bottle was a year old, which would explain a subdued smokiness. Decent bock beer.
Slipstream (2252) - USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thank you to Adrian for opening this superb brew from now defunct (sad to say) Heavyweight. Could the bottle really have been from 1999? Very smoky, sweet, rich, floral aroma. The flavor is more robust than the aroma. Awesome smoked bock!
deyholla (8568) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Sean. Pours a very hazy earthy amber with a earthy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice smoke note with some toffee and caramel backing. Flavor starts with slightly tart fruit with toffee and a nice smoke note in the finish.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at 5k tasting - nice meaty taste, smoked and savory, toasted bready malts. Held up quite well.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the double 5k tasting. Pours a lightly hazed orange. Smoky and meaty bandaids. Smoke, toast, caramel. Not too much oxidization going on really. Lingering smoke on the finish. Cool how well this one held up.
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. Pours amber with a thin white head. Smokey aroma with some sweet and ropey burlap notes. the flavor has smoked malts, ash, burlap, and a ligh sweetness. Not bad, especially for its age.
jtclockwork (11246) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown. Nose of BBQ, bacon and smoked malt. Taste of caramel malt, smoke and BBQ pork.
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. Aroma throws a really rich fresh smoked salmon, even including the salty sea oils. Nice malt back. Pours a rosy amber pale brown that throws a nice off-white soapy head. Nice, bambergian smoked alder, pig fat bacon, and light salty wood. Bock character is subtle and underlying. This is the most like the Bamberg examples of any American smoked beer. Nice roasted pig and long campfire finish. This is really smoky, even at this age. A bit of white and gray ash. This is solid.
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to jimmack shared at the preBeerwars gathering. I didn’t take copious notes on this one so I’m going on memory but it has only been a few hours. Pours a hazy orangey/amber with an average to small sized whiteish head. Aroma still has lots of smoke over an earthy peat body with some caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied with average carbonation even after several years of sitting around. Flavor of smokey bbq rub, dense malts and earth notes. This one is still holding up nicely and if you can find it, get it!!!!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow. Held up pretty well. There is a touch of funk and sourness, but it is mostly good. Nose is sweet and smoky with some raisins and brown sugar. Flavor follows suit with a nice smoke bite and a lot of sweetness. The sweetness is a little cloying, but the smoke balances it out well. Even after all this time, it isn’t bad.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Good lord has this held up to time quite nicely! Clear at first with lots of haze and silverish sediment particals. Bamberg sort of smoke with a slight hint of peaty sharpness. A little bandaid. Clean malt. Medium body. A bit fuller than most lagers. Substantial carbonation, not just for age. Smokey sharpness. Wood smoke with some bit of peaty oxidized grape sort of smoke. Full malt. A bit toasty. Astringent finish. Very nice, a shame this isn’t made any longer.