VastActiv (4002) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at St Michael, Oulu. Originally rated xxxx2011. Colour is copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, hints of smoke and malts.
olio (7956) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110115.
Pours murky copper color with a nice foamy head. Aroma of smoke, grain, bready malts and some yeast notes. Flavor of burnt malts, smoky ham, grain, caramel and nuts. Nice.
fantti (797) - FINLAND - JAN 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kaatuu lasiin vaaleanruskeana, kirkkaana ja kuohkealla katoavalla vaahdolla. Haju on maltainen, savukinkkuinen ja hieman hedelmäinen. Maku on humalainen, hyvin pihkainen ja jälkimaussa maistuu savujuusto. Suutuntuma on kevyehkö. Kokonaisuutena tämä ei oikein iskenyt missään mielessä, maku oli melko pliisu. Varsinkin, kun en ole savuoluen ystävä.
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmm.. smokey rye says the name and that is what I find in aroma. Bit mild and dry aroma has also grass. Hazy red/brown, short beige head leaves lacing. Taste is stronger than aroma and quite long, roasting in finish and caramel as gets warmer. Medium body, dry and roasted. Could use more flavors but is ok.
bierkoning (11229) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, thanks Tbone! Brown color. Hints of yeast and toffee in the aroma. Caramelly sweet yeasty flavor with hints of citrus. Bitter aftertaste. Smoke? Where?
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown color with a medium-sized beige head. Malty aroma with hints of smoke and dried fruits. Sweet malt, dried fruits, some smoke and spices. Medium-bodied, slightly bitter finish.
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
3rd December 2011
ChrisOs Early December Tasting. Hazy dark amber beer, tidy off white head. Light dry palate. Sweetish malt. Tiny bit of dried fruit. Dry finish. Meh!
Nisse666 (5164) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Alko Åbo cons 2012-02-16 Göteborg
Ar: birch smokiness, Minttu, and wee sausages
Ap: copper colored nody, high fothy dirty white deminishing head
F: heavy smokiness, great bitternes, a bit hollow body, rustik bread, sausage shop, fresh milled black pepper corns, wee caramel, heavy carbonation
Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hazy, brown, pours a fairly modest head.
Smoky, but not too strongly, a distinct aroma of smoked food rather than anything else. Difficult to discern anything else.
Fairly mild, the smoke is not particulraly strong, but it’s certainly there. I was expecting more of the smoke flavour. Then again, the beer doesn’t have any other strong characteristics, so even the fairly mild smokyness is enough to overpower other aspects of the beer, such as the rye malt. The Cascade hops is what comes through next, but the malt is somehow in the background.
I’m not overly impressed with this beer. I do like the concept of a Rauchbier — a smoked beer — but I think the Germans may be better at this… Obviously, if you’re going to do a smoked beer, you better make sure that the other characteristics of the beer are such that they can take the smokyness, or you could go all out with the smoke in which case it doesn’t really matter. But this beer is somewhere in between. It tastes more like a pretty generic beer with a little bit of smokyness. There is a rather similar beer by another Finnish brewery, Karhu (a brand owned by Sinebrychoff, which is in fact owned by Carlsberg — so not that Finnish after all!), called Korpisavu. That one is based on generic, crap beer, but they’ve gone for a pretty smoky flavour, so in the end it might actually be better than the Laitilan attempt. Laitilan does do some other decent beer though, and it’s a much smaller brewery, so worth supporting simply because of that. I hope to try their porter some time soon.
Cuso (6114) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, many thanks to rosenbergh. Hazy reddish brown color withsmall white head. Aroma of malt, grapefruit, smoke. Taste, bitter hops, pines, smoked malt, rye. Bitter finish with smoke in background. Good.