pete4999 (932) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured. Poured a dark brown, opaque. Smelled and tasted strongly of smoke and faintly of chocolate. Not bad but not really my style; I don’t drink too many smoked beers.
thicksuds (373) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
solid brew, this edition was aged in bourbon barrels by kappys liquors, and it is awesome, nice smoked flavor, getting the lager flavor as well, sort of like a porter, sort of like a black lager, very well done.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A nice black body with a tan head that had minimal retention. Aroma had a nice smoke presence upfront. Hints of coffee and roasted malts rounded it out. Flavor was mildly sweet and had nice roasted malts. Smoke was a subtle note in the after taste. Finish was slightly dry. Nice mouth feel.
Handypaul (95) - - NOV 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a decent beige head that diminishes to the thin film but leaves no lace. Aroma is light smoke, faint caramel and hay. Light bitter taste, average carbonation, thin watery texture, light body and a thin brief bitter finish. Not so hot.
ziel (18) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is probably my favorite lager. I prefer ales. This black lager has the smokey taste and texture of a porter.
reberiii (185) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Super enjoyable. This beer offers complexity, but not too much of anything. Not too much smoke, not too much sweetness, not too much bitter. Very well balanced and super sessionable.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, creamy nitro body. roasted maltiness is the main component, touches of coffee, ligher smokiness adds a nice dimension. Very nice
bytemesis (2143) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap pours clear ruby black, large creamy tan head, great lacing. Aroma is smokey, coffee, ashtray. Flavor follows, light sweet light bitter, light acidity. Full body, creamy.
pinkie (318) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown. Burnt walnut with some ruby hues and a dark caramel. The colors are soft and pleasing. The beer has excellent clarity and if you look deeply you can see light lager bubbles rising. Fat finger and a half of tan creamy foam that fell slowly and leaves a sheet of wet lace to slid back down into the glass on each sip. The nose is light smoke and roasted grain. A bit of coffee and smooth chocolate. It has a malt sweetness underneath but it stays true to a lager scent. Smells a lot like a schwarzbier. The taste is perfect lightness. The smoke doesn’t overpower the roasted grains which are sturdy but not burned. The coffee and chocolate stay smooth and well blended. The body is thin but the taste is full. The malt does not get sweet nor does the chocolate and the taste of the almost blackened grain is truly spectacular.
This is a fantastic beer that is lighter than you might expect and yet still has all the beechwood smoke flavor you want. It is a roasted malt paradise for the eyes and for the palate. The full bodied taste is not heavy and the mouthfeel is silky and smooth. There is a touch of hop floral on it that livens the dark flavors but doesn’t compete with them. It has the faintest touch of fruit. Another great beer from Jack’s Abby.
JBPortland (192) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle (dated 7/12/13) pours dark brown with nice creamy finger of head. Can just barely see through the edges of the glass. Nose is roasty dark fruit, a liitle chocolate. Mouthfeel is light but held up by nice crisp carbonation and a creamy malt finish. Taste is a balanced smokiness up front which transitions into a roasty chocolate, creamy coffee, with some bits of fruit mixed in. Finish is mild fruitiness, ashy, dark cherries, a touch of smoke. This is really good.