voyageurmike (266) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler at the brewery. Dark brown close to black, with strong smoky aroma and smoke edge to the flavor. Creamy with a mildly bitter finish.
migwell (276) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sort of a mixed up brew, a lightly smoked, somewhat chocolaty and very dark lager... more or less a one-off. Guzzling a few out of a Lagunitas jar, not loving its complexity of odd flavors, but finding it quite oddly palatable nonetheless. Jack’s Abby is expanding the lager range in some pretty amazing directions.
kirk36 (222) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this beer. Chocolate, coffee and lager. Yep it has created its own category. Great beer, different and strong trend setter. I will purchase more. The ending is burnt but that is ok. I taste a fire. Maybe overhaul ender. If I was a firefighter and I just put out a fire and was performing an overhaul this is the after taste in my mouth. They should re-market This beer and call it over haul. With a picture of a fire fighter on it after a sweaty night putting out a fire and ensuring safety.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light roast and some caramel. Touch of chocolate. Black pour. Only light smoke here. Good balance. Light sweet finish with touch of bitterness. Tap at brewpub.
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16/X/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2015-1481) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, caramel, slightly toasted. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: sweet, caramel, very little smoke, bit sweet, malty. Aftertaste: slightly sourish, malty, sweet, bit watery, grains, hint of chocolate.
tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour into pint glass from Redstone Liquors, Stoneham MA. Aroma is rich roasted malt with chocolate, fruit, some bready yeast and hints of coffee. Appearance is very dark reddish-brown color--almost opaque, with abundant sparkle and pillowy finger-width beige head with good persistence and nice lacing. Taste similar to aroma with dominant rich roasted malt sweetness but with smoke not noted in aroma before the chocolate and light bitterness of the coffee. Palate is medium to heavy bodied with thick texture and average to lively carbonation and nice, long balance of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, this is really nice. Though advertised as a black lager, it is here in the smoked category and is described as between a schwarzbier and a smoked porter. It really does dance between categories but is really good no matter what you call it.
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2015. Red-brown color. Smoke in the aroma and the flavor. Dry, moderately roasted malt, but fortunately the smoke is there in both the flavor and aroma even if it is not as strong as the best rauchbiers. Some chocolate and coffee, but not much of either.
77ships (7636) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml. bottle sampled @ “Tim’s orgasmic Trillium tasting”. Dark brown, solid mocha. Nose is rather weak, touch umami, seems to show light oxidation, rest is wood, leaves & bark, smoke is very low. Taste is lightly herbal leaves, bit thin, mellow, some mocha powder, herbs, low smoke, herbs, bark. Body feels thinned out, bit weak, not very exciting with not my favored notes. Okay overall but nowhere near on par with their Smoked Märzen. It feels like there is some possible age at play here but since the bottle is not dated, there is no way to be certain. Bit of a letdown overall.
ElManana (1763) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tderoeck's place. Very wattery, light, even a light sour, light smoke, light chocolate. Meh.
EvanFriend (475) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. A bit of smoke flavor, some coffee as well, all underneath an herbal taste I can’t quite place. Not bad.