DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2009: Pours an amber color with a full sheet of off-white suds. Sourish wheaet ale nose but not much if any smoke deteceted. Sweet, corn-like flavors with just a hint of smoke...i think. Tastes lagery for an ale...just overly sweet and corny. How does this ever win a GABF gold medal?
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
GABF 2008. Clear pale amber. Barely a hint of smoke essence in the aroma. Palate is thin and watery, flavours of caramel and cidery apple fruit. I couldn’t tease any smoke out of this beer. Disappointing.
3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper colored body. Weird nose of butter syrup and burnt corn with some light notes of toasted bread crust and toasted barley.... nose is truly weak, the set up is quiet poor, but then it actually tastes pretty good and holds up well on the tongue. Medium to full body, well attenuated, has the right thickness of a true German smoked lager, but the flavor doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Very plain, mild and transparent all around... weak notes of burnt toast and charred grains. Disappointing.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
G.A.B.F. 2008: Deep copper dense light tan head. The aroma is toasted and sweet with some dough, brown sugar, mild smoke (peat). Interesting flavor. Brown suagr, toast, mildly sweet hickory notes and mildly smoky wood. Not a lot of smoke, but the flavor is unique with a very hickory like presence.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2007. Pours to a clean filtered looking shiny fossilized amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is strongly mesquite smoked wood and pale malts. The flavor is kind of like a mesquite smoked toffee or nougat. Very unique. The palate is slick, lightly salty, and medium bodied.
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I raced over to have this once it was announced as a winner at GABF 2006. I figured a gold medal winning smoked beer must be exceptional, right? Clear brown. Nose is malty and sweet but only faint smoke. Taste brings a subtle smokiness and some burnt wood along with caramel and light cocoa. Body is medium with mild carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, cocoa and only faint smokiness. This wasn’t a terrible beer, but a gold medal winner?
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006: Ok so this won the gold so I grab a sample. Mostly clear amber color. Malty aroma and flavor with some caramel notes and there was smoke but to me it was overbalanced. I thought there wasn’t enough smoke. The taste was fine but when I drink a smoke beer I want that to really shine. Jus tlike when I have a fruit beer.