ScipioA (266) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2013 Pours deep black with a big tan head that fades to just a skin. Nice aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Sweet chocolate malts really dominate the flavor here with a tiny bit of smoke. The smokiness really comes through as a greasy aftertaste, it’s a bit like smelling a campfire the morning after. The aftertaste also hosts a hint of hop bitterness, otherwise very little hoppiness here. Given the smoked beer category here on RB and the fact that smoke is in the name I was hoping for a bit more smokiness, but this is still a tasty dark lager! $2.99 at the big Walgreens downtown.
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a one finger beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a little underwhelming, some mineral and some smoke. Flavor is dark malt and smoke. It is thinner and more carbonated than it looks. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Goes great with bacon and eggs!
NachlamSie (2736) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 pack from that liquor store in Cambridge. This is a really nice smoked beer. It’s dark for a smoked lager, looks like cola. The nose has bacon fat, campfire, cacao and toffee. The flavor backs up the nose well with good genuine meaty smoke and hints of cola. Smoldering finish with ashiness. Very nice smoked beer.
Niko100 (1946) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, caramel, & some chocolate; Flavor of smoky/burnt sweet malt, caramel, hops/grain, and some chocolate; Finish is slightly bitter; Different and good.
puboflyons (2073) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 25 fl. oz. bottle mfg: 03-07-13. The pour is a deep dark brown with regular carbonation building up to a soft, off-white head that lingers. The aroma has a nice smoky quality to it along with coffee and dark malts. The body is medium with a slight astringent feel to it. The taste is nicely smoked like the aroma with a light sweetness and a clean finish. It has many Porter characteristics.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Pro Pig. Pours nearly black, though brown. Good clarity, off tan head. Nose is like a smoked porter. on the lower side overall. Roast and cocoa, minimal hops noted. On tasting, low smoke and roast with some sweetness. Super clean with a good balance between all of the components. Great stuff.
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Memory rate: very similar to the de la senne dark saison, more chocolate and sweetness but earthy and dry with hops shooting in and out, light smoke but so soft the dark saison comparison is appropriate. Balanced and pleasant, to drink and look at, with a rocky head that lasts.
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ryan And Casey Liquors. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a little bit of lacing. nice smoked notes on the nose. Nice roasted malt on the tongue. has some chcolately notes as well. Finishes clean. Bought on the recommendation of the clerk who really knew what he was talking about. I’m stunned I get a beer this good for only $2.75.
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear dark amber brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of smoke with a back bone of sweet chocolate and dark grains. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and a bit of toffee and a has a finish of light smoke.
StefanSD (2087) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from secret Santa. Thanks. Pours a dark brown, nearly black, color with a medium clumpy beige head that has fair retention. The aroma features smoke, rock candy, faint chocolates and something I cant identify. The taste is light smoke, roasted grains and a bit of dark bitter chocolate. The palate is full for a lager and the carbonation is lively. Finishes medium in duration and dry with a bit of astringency. Overall: Very nice and tasty, but I thought the smoke was too light and subtle, I prefer more in your face smoke character. Thrilled to finally try a beer from this brewer. Thanks again Santa.