ALLOVATE (2387) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At room temperature and into a snifter. Radiant, fiery bronze with very fine carbonation. Solid, compact off-white foam leaves a broad lace. Where there is smoke there is fire. This one has an aroma of slow-smoked, peated meats, bonfire ash, pork lipids and fresh shaved proscuitto with just a little caramel and fried bread croutes - odd but alluring. Palate is alive with ashen meats, peat, wood and earth; the length is a winner. Good body, lightly viscous but finishing soft and oily. Sweet, burnt sugars and toffee up front; a tannic malt hit breaking up the swallow with just a smidgeon of charred malt bitterness. Touch of plum conserve and marmalade an odd addition. Very well balanced and controlled with nothing far fetched or over-the-top. I’d be happy to sit on this one for a while. A lovely brew! (33cL, 2011 vintage, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Patrickctenchi (3606) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wood brown and cloudy with a short, yellow- tan head.
Aroma of smoked meat...caramel.
Taste is caramel, smoke, a hint of vanilla sweetness.
Ratman197 (9724) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of smoked ribs, carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering smokey finish.
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Aroma was smoky with notes of caramel and wood. Flavor was smoked malts, caramel, roast and had a touch of vanilla.
alobar (2768) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper color with a thin white creamy head. Aroma of smoke and caramel. Smoke flavor with caramel, bread, and hint of vanilla. Creamy body. Smooth beer.
ReggieDunlap (3055) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy chestnut color with a medium tan head. Aroma is smoky with some band aid notes. Flavor has very nice roast and smoke...peaty. mouthfeel is medium with a nice peaty/campfire finish.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: pours a clear deep bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty malty nose with lots of fresh smoke. Starts with a good fullness and malty sweetness with a touch of light fruits and lots of smoky complexity before a slightly drier bittersweet finish. Very true to style and enjoyable.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a very hazy amber-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of smoke and oak with some sweet caramel and bready malts, vanilla, and tobacco.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel and bready malts with some vanilla and tobacco. Through the middle, lots of smoke comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of smoke, oak, vanilla, bacon, cured meats, tobacco, and some sweet bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Big smoke character, but in a really great way. Very tasty.
TAR (2476) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rusty chestnut. Everlasting dollop of lathery foam clings to the glass with each sip. Intriguing, brilliantly nuanced nose of treacle, soft peaty smoke, cookie, hazelnut, Band-Aid, Turkish figs, fruitcake, barnyard. Phenolic and lightly medicinal, as well. Snug, pillowy, meringue-like carbonation. Leathery flavors accompany an irony, wild-yeast derived twang amid softening whispers of figs, hazelnut and distinct smoke. Shimmering splash of tropical fruit succulence enlivens the ensuing toasted coconut laced with vanilla bean and fluffy nougat. Dry twinge of cookie malt deftly anchors itself amongst the slippery fruitiness as it provides satiating depth and quaffablity as well as an artfully placed sharpness. Staggeringly deep though equally delicate malt is chock full of mouth-enveloping smoke and dextrins, and captivating textures and flavors akin to almond skin and sugar cookie continue to unravel thanks to the pristine extraction. Late sweep of savory tobacco and spicy cedar adorns the ripe plummy esters and perpetual tropical fruit juiciness. Finishes cleanly attenuated yet throughly satiating with fat, multilayered maltiness and a nonintrusive nip of well-measured sugars. A real oddball this is, and I say that with wholehearted praise. There’s enough rustic allure here for a small bottle to capture your attention for a couple hours. At least it did mine. Fascinating stuff.
Roon (2) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Put this on a spit, roast it til it’s done, then sharpen your blade and carve it! A carnivore’s beer.