pinkie (460) - 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 (733) - 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.
radarsock (894) - Vermont, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was $6 at Three Penny. To pint, it pours a syrupy burnt mauve sustaining a trim beige ringed head barely a fingernail in length. Aromas of Maine sea salt, autumnal leaves, molasses, Karo, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Taste the same only the addition of a black current bite at finish. I should’ve just bought a single bottle in MA. At Leary’s it costs less than $4. I feel stupid right now. Oh, well.
Concealer (747) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown, near black with a foamy, lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, dark fruit, grain, and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with smoke, light chocolate and malt. Light bodied, light carbonation.
GT2 (8346) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500mL thanks to WillRunForBeer. Clear, deep cola pour looking black. Medium, whiter gray foam with okay retention and spotty lacing. Nose is cola and mild pine. Taste is soapy, ashy, soil, mild smoke. Palate is very watery, thin, soil/ash. Disappointing.
AWoj7789 (9) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 smoke, bacon, roasty, black color, frothy head, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, coffee, chocolate, medium body, pleasantly clean finish
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at pizza plant. Dark near black pour with a thin light brown head that laces down. Smokey roasted malt in the nose. Taste is woody smoke, earthy, dark chocolate, bittersweet finish.
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good smoked, on tap at Cole’s. Dark brown and lace. Above average mouthfeel. A good malting and very drinkable.
czar (4261) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at parker pie. clear dark brown, red tint, with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. roasted and nutty malts, some smoked malts, shy fruitiness - maybe a tad too much chocolate over it, chalkiness and minerals, grass. average carbonation, light body, relatively dry grassy-peppery-lightly smoky finish. nice.
mathieuc (1225) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Parker Pie. Pours black (or maybe dark brown) with a brown-ish head that disappears but leave some lacing. Aroma is indeed smoky, roasty. Taste is chocolatey with again some roasted malt notes (not overpowering). Carbonation is again too high, Parker Pie needs to fix this. Overall a really nice smoked lager, though.