nearbeer (3660) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl; 7% abv. Light haze on the deep copper-brown body, and a lasting disc of cream above. Aroma of smoked meat, caramel and maybe some wheat. Taste is smoke, aged barrel, caramel apple, spicy orange and green herbs. Medium body is well-balanced, lightly tingly, and has medium carbonation.
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Yanick. Pours amber with off white head. Nose/taste of pulled pork, smoked caramel malt, fire pit, peat, smoked wood and light charcoal. Tons of smoke - very dominate in the nose and palate. Medium body.
On a side note, this is the second beer today I’ve had brewed with "manuka." Seriously.
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Edition. Pours a chestnut brown, pretty clear and by looks ample carbination. Delicious smokey bacon arome - absolutely beautiful and made me salivate. Flavour is malty with tonnes of smoke, although am left with a scorched flavour. I see someone else called it ash and burnt wood - good description. A tad too apparent for me. If I look past that bit (which I personally don’t like) this is a very creative well crafted beer.
Jimthechap (1607) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rose gold colour with a full, enduring white head that leaves good lace. The smoked manuka is distinctive, tarry and generous. The last time I smelt this kind of smoke was attached to manuka smoked salmon. There’s phenolics similar to peaty Islay whisky Ardbeg Uigadail. The smoke comes through richly in the flavour along with good, firm malt. Bacon-like smoke as well. This is a one time beer, not a session brew at all, but then that’s not a bad thing. I’ll be remembering drinking this for quite some time.
maneliquor (3056) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Beervana. Pours a chestnut brown with a small off white head. Big smokey nose. Smoked meat and citrus with some wood and earth notes underriding it all. Caramel malts are present but a constant smokey flavour overruns that a little in the taste. Lots of ash and burnt wood notes. Solid beer
Davros (1893) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows prominent smoke, as in smoked meat smoke. Also some woody character. Underneath is sweet rich malt and caramel hints.
Smoke carries through as a flavour along with the caramel. Finishes weakly with a faint grainy character.
Nice moderate carbonation and rich body.
mkel07 (3297) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
640ml bottle. Vey skinny tan flotilla of bubbles disappearing across the surface. Iced tea colour with lots of smoke in the aroma, as you would expect. Not a lot else coming through. A very intense smokey flavour with some aniseed in the finish. Long on the palate and quite pleasant. Good mouthfeel.
gam (3210) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Frothy tan head medium carbonation red brown pour aroma maltiness roasted caramel very woody chocolate flavour nice bitter woody taste very morishing caramel vanilla chocolate sweetness sharp smokeyness first class gritty touch in the aftertaste swet smokey malt woody lasting bitter not bad
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with small tan coloured head. Aromas of smoke, caramel and a little toast. Smoke is no where near as dominant as expected. Flavour are more conventional. Caremel sweetness with some light smoke. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is light. Smoke is relatively subtle. Probably would have appreciated more if it was a bit moe assertive.
hawthorne00 (2398) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7% version. Clear brown, puffy beige head. Medium bead. Smoke, caramel, wood, grass. Taste has caramel and honey sweetness (although I suppose the honey is just a brain misfire due to having had tea-tree honey), a touch of lager sourness and plenty of smoke. I didn’t really get any sense of bacon or ham. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol dangerously well-hidden. Interesting smoke character adds a local touch to what is otherwise a pretty German-tasting brew. Could be more smoke and it lacks the depth of some smoked beers, but this is a solid drop.