rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The sienna colored body was quite cloudy, with a small head despite a vigorous and fizzy carbonation upon pour. The smell of smoke hit me immediately upon pouring, and holing it up to the nose revealed the aroma quite clearly. The smoke seemed to mask other odors, but one in a while I could detect some raisins and toffee. The taste was dominated by smoke, as expected, but the other flavors like tart cherry, raisin, and brown sugar were also evident. The beer felt a little thin for a bock, but the smoky finish lingered on. A good beer to try, if you a smoked malt fan, but does not stray too far from the Bamberg formula.
GTAEgeek (1787) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle. Pours hazy copper with a small beige head. The aroma is caramel, smooth smoke, and heavy malts. The flavor is very sweet, with a mild smoke profile up front, and a little bitterness and spiciness in the finish. The palate is medium, a little acidic, and smooth. Overall, this is a nice, subdued smoke beer. Very nice.
ComradeK (1086) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy, dark copper-amber, with a large off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lace. Smoky aromas dominate, with some bacon notes and a touch of sweet malt in the background. A faint initial sweetness leads into some peppery hops and drying woodsmoke. A touch of caramel sweetness mixes with more smoke, leading into a lingering smoky finish with some sweeter, fruity highlights. A nice smoked beer, more subtle than some others I have tried, but still enjoyable.
sunevdj (3820) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Te Anau. Pours a clear light brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of smoked malts and some burnt flavours too. Also sweet aromas of caramel. Hints of ashes. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish with smoked and burnt aromas.
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle thanks to Sue. Described well by Ernest and others, with the addition of strong medicine and leather aromas. To me this beer is astonishing, it has the wow factor in every regard, aromas are amazing, that Manuka smoke brings on so many good memories, it looks great in a tulip glass, the taste is delicious, the palate is wonderful. On my favourites list.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, unfiltered.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), moderately yeasty (horseblanket), with notes of smoked meat, earth/peat, manure, wet hay, dried mango, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Remarkably good. Extremely rustic (horsey/farmy) and plenty aggressive in the smoke department too...really evokes a campfire on the farm...kinda like a cross between Smokey George and Schlenkerla but fruitier than either...wonderful to sniff. Excellent flavor balance with succulent, juicy malt...both quaffable and sippable. Quite clean too. A touch more alcohol burn than one might expect at 7%, but not bad. The only sad part is the price...$6.50 for 33cL. That aside, it’s pretty hard not to love it (if you love rustic stuff and smoked lagers, that is...it has Mike and Jeff written all over it).
adnielsen (10374) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. I really can’t remember where this bottle came from but here goes. Fairly transparent, maroon appearance with a light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Ashy, meaty, smoked, caramel malty, smoked ham aroma. Oily mouth feel. Fairly rich, sweet caramel malty, smoked ham/meaty flavor, slightly burnt, light campfire flavor with a smoky, caramel aftertaste.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by Marcus. Has a smoked aroma and and a meat and cheese type of floavor. Balanced on the smoke and hops!
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured rich reddish caramel from bottle with a lovely pillowy and dense foam. The aroma is dominated by smokey earthy notes. The palate is very very malty and smooth with some residual sweetness complimenting the smoke. Wonderful drop.
oRos (1500) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky, smoked chedder taste. Smells of bbq smoker. Great smoked beer. Had in bottle..