RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Dimpled Mug at 46į. Color is black with good carbonation and a creamy tight brown head. Aroma of deeply roasted malt with a touch of smoke. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is slightly sweet with a little dark chocolate, then a mild smoke comes out with some coffee notes and a light bitterness. After taste is a mild lingering bitterness and a creamy feel. Overall its a very tasty and well balanced brew with a creamy palate. Some have said that the smoke dominates, but I feel the smoke is mild and even, balancing nicely the other flavors.
drjay44 (3337) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 12/02/10. Pours a medium short lived mocha head, over a clear dark brown (SRM 40) body....nose is light smoke, lighter molasses, cereal......taste is light sweet to start, then smoke arrives, accompanied by a bit of plum, finishing with a light smoky bacon sweet bitterness....mouth feel is thick, and slightly sticky, carbonation adds a pleasant creamy sensation. This is a fairly typical Smoked beer. The smoke dominates, with sweet malt tones backing making for a simple but rich experience. This is a good winter beer. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black. Big roasted, earthy aroma. Very smoky. Some malt and a little chocolate. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very strong smoke flavor. A little hops at the end. Since this is my first for the style, Iíll probably rerate this at some point. Wasnít really great for me.
bluejacket74 (1797) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/7/2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head after an aggressive pour. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is smoked and roasted malt and some chocolate. The brew tastes like smoked malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and a bit slick. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy. I think itís a good overall brew, not a bad choice at all!
Frank (3952) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours a nearly opaque, cloudy garnet black. The head is small and rather short lived. Smoked and roasted malts make their showing in the nose in approximately equal proportions. The smoke is balanced and doesnít override the rest of the beer, which is nice. It implies a bit of oiliness in this otherwise medium bodied and relatively dry beer. A bit of a guazy sort of medicinal character in the finish is my only real complaint. Otherwise, this is a really nice smoked beer.
kidmartinek (4570) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Runny black. Thin head. Instantly refreshing. Dark, roasted malty nose. Smokey burnt malt flavor. Thin body. Fizzy bite on the finish.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the aroma is a pretty strong coffee with some dry chocolate, sweet malt and smoked aroma in there as well, it is black and not tranparent at all in my lager glass a tan thin head with some retention on the walls first flavor you feel some carbonatino then you get a smoked flavor and some chocolate then finishes with a coffee flavor, but the coffee is pleasent and in no way over powering overall a drinkable beer, but probably not gonna buy it again
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown to black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Soft smoke and some wood and dark fruit. Medium bodied, nice roast, softly warming alcohol with chocolate tones and chewy roast. Subtle chocolate and warm gentle alcohol with some dark cherry hints. Finishes slow and roasty with more warming alcohol and soft smoke. Nicely done.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a thin offwhite head that sticks around the rim of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, nutty notes and a faintly sweet finish. The taste is roasted malts, smoke, apples, nutty notes and a faint caramel finish along with some bitter hop notes. A little on the thin side, but its well balances and Iím liking it quite a bit.
Nephilium (1658) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This starts with a nice roast and smokey aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Pours an opaque black, with a tight cap of light tan head. Very smooth roasted flavor, that finishes with a nice touch of smoke. Clean on the palate, and very drinkable. This is a good tasty beer for the winter months.