PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz. Bottle from Jamil in Texas. Very vinous scent, tart ripe fruit, cinnamon. Dark gold pour, crisp and clear, very bubbly, with a bubbly white head. Light and bubbly feel. Spice fronted flavor, peppercorn, yeasty, tart fruit, vinous, with a pepper finish.
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bright barnyard yeast in the nose, supported by smokey malts. Honestly not *that* smokey on the palate; it's too mild and fizzy for me though. Smoked beer is arguably my least favorite style, so the fact that I can even drink this is a testament to its balance. More boring than offensive.
Mora2000 (5855) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 I wasn’t really sure what to think of this. Pours a dark gold color with a small head. The aroma is full of smoke and ash. The flavor is similar at first, with a lot of charred notes coming through. However, I also get some nice wheat as well as a hint of fruit and yeast. A nice smoked beer that has more to offer than simply smoke. Glad I got to try it.
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at whip in pours a cloudy yellow gold with small creamy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is yeast pepper and clove. Pepper spice malt with light dry finish. A complex brew from Jester King.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Holy smoke. THIS IS A DARN GOOD BEER. Pours a lush golden yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is smoked wood, bbq’s peach, and strength. Flavor is smoked malt atop a pyre of campfire ash. Smoke lingers on the tongue. Skal!
JDBaker11058 (1358) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: brassy, deep gold with a big ol’ fluffy white head. Aroma: some smoke right up front, over a slightly funky, earthy yeast, and a dollop of honeycomb. Taste: some woody, smoky and nearly lager-ish crackery malts up front, with notes of apples, grapes, honey, and some earthy, flowery notes that are probably juniper. Finish: gentle lingering smokiness, almost like scotch, but without the burn, then a chalky-dry mouth with some herbal bitterness. Notes: Wow, what a weird beer. Not great per se, but very, very interesting. Have to give these guys credit for trying something this out there, and I’m glad I had it. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
Koelschtrinker (11042) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gering süßer, primär hefiger Beginn. Kräuternoten, trocken, hellmalzig. Fruchtig würzig, intensiver werdende Hefe. 10/11/12/12//11
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Zwanze Day. Pours a hazy yellow with a stiff white head. The nose is meaty and a bit salty, fruity overall and with juniper notes. Soft malt notes, grainy. On tasting, moderately smokey element. Some herbal juniper comes through along with a citrusy element and light sweetness. Light bodied. Solid.
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Walt. Pours with a hazed yellow body with a retentive white head. Aromas are smokey, leathery, grainy, pine, juniper. A touch of rubber. Flavors are spicy, smokey, bready, nicely malty, juniper, lightly spicy, grainy, lightly lemony. Clean. Lively bubbles, dry. Pretty tasty.
kiwianer (3380) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is medium, the body yellow. The taste is fruity, citrus, malty, different & special. OK! 12/11/11/11/-/11