madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours murky cola brown with a thin tan head. Nose is chocolate malt, subtle dry smoke, and a real light cherry sweetness. The taste is really drinkable, with light smokiness, a bit of dark cherry, more chocolatey malt, and a dry, roasty bitter finish. Smooth and soft in the mouth, with just enough carbonation. Really easy drinking, smooth and quenching. Excellent.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle. Medium beige head atop cola-dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some nut, caramel, cherry, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, nut, some roast, cherry, light lager yeast. Light smoke int the finish. Medium body, some stickiness. Very mild smoke.
HonusWagner (1230) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I know this uses smoked malts but I feel like it should be under Schwarzbier since itís clearly in that style. Really great beer, caramelly, a bit of smoky meat quality, some slight cocoa sweetness, just a remarkably tasty beer. Lovely, and great value at 3 bucks.
lachrymalisis (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
subtle smoke, rich black malt body, dry, clean, crisp, and exceedingly drinkable.
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). From reynolds314, thanks Matt! Black with a medium quickly diminishing off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is of subtle smoked malt, roasted malt and slight chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet with grains, roasted malt and, again, subtle smoked malt notes along with chocolate. Mouthfeel is dry. Medium body. Interesting beer, but not outstanding.
AirForceHops (2712) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Ward Eight, Lowell MA. 10 oz. mug shows deep brown in a poorly lit bar. Thin tan head some lace. Chocolate, light grain and subtle smoke. Flavor follows the nose with some coffee ground and caramel notes as well. Iím really glad the smoke is subtle. Texture is kind of sticky, light syrup. The body is exactly as it should be for a dark lager. This brewer pulled off a tuff thing to do for me. A smoked beer that I enjoyed drinking. Well done Gents!!
Hangover (1028) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasty, smokey and has a little bit of chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Peaty/smoky up front with a bit of chocolate and wood on the back end. Pleasant finish, a little lingering smoke. Smoke beers are hit or miss. I donít like them when they are obnoxiously smoky. This one is a hit, great body, good flavor and just enough smoke to make it different.
sailracer (376) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Very smokey. It had a bit of a charred aftertaste. Not bad for a smoked beer, but this isnít my favorite style.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home via trade with Ernesto987. Thanks! Pours a hazy dark brown appearance with a nice brown head. Mild dark fruity (plum, fig), light leather, slightly burnt/smoky, nutty caramel, grassy aroma. Somewhat sweet caramel malty, toasty, a bit burnt, lightly smoked, chocolate, a bit nutty flavor. The smoke is very slight but the beer is overall pretty solid.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good shit. 500mL bottle poured into a plastic cup at a hotel room while I watch Mark Wahlberg in Contraband, which pairs well with the beer. Despite all this the beer looks good. It pours with a medium thick head that leaves behind a slug of lacing. The beer, well, its almost a perfect melding of schwarz and rauch, equal parts represented without either dominating. The shwarz has a great chocolate lagered aspect and a smoked element that is present but nicely subdued into the black lager. Super clean with no flaws and so damn quaffable, I drank this up like it was nothing in a few minutes. I only picked up a single but I see why these are sold in 4 packs that were priced for $10.50, which seems like a great price point for such quality.