ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 11/17/07
Dark copper-tinted mahogany with some garnet streaks. Small, but modestly well-retained dark beige head leaves little lacing. Clear.
Soft, inviting smoke suggestions in the nose are comingled with sweet caramel and toffee malts while light medicinal/peppery phenols and juicy green (grassy/leafy), but lightly crisp hops (in light quantity) assert themselves on the finish to provide a well-balanced, American interpretation of a rauchbier. Hops continue to give an interesting edge to the beer, on the finish, but chocolate, vanilla and even light coffee appear through the middle. Some slight "hardness" for lack of a better descriptor, that I always associate with Left Hand. I don’t know if that’s pasteurization or extensive filtration, but it never seems overly fresh and yeasty. A touch of alcohol warmth emerges towards the end of the glass, after it’s had plenty of time to breath. The smoke stays well integrated with the malts, as well. No flaws.
A big shot of toffee and thoroughly rich woodsmoke (with definite meaty suggestions) develops in to a more balanced phenolic pepperiness, with some medicinal notes that ride on the carbonation and give the beer a crisp ending. Sweet, but not too much so, with juicy green hops on the finish that do not impart much bitterness (unlike the smoke jumper, which was just obnoxiously over-bittered). Malts are a bit hard, again, not soft and supple, though the sugars do soften things slightly (and begin to chip away at the crisp finish, replacing it with some syrupiness towards the end). Carbonation is moderate and somewhat loose at times. No alcohol in the flavor, no flaws. Caramel/toffee, woodsmoke and lightly juicy hops linger on in to the finish.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Vintage 2007. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty smoky caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty smoky caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty smoky caramel and dark fruit finish.
smith4498 (2631) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Smoked meat aroma. Sweet caramel malt and smokey flavors with some earthiness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
BlackHaddock (2365) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 3rd and last American beer on 4th July 2008.
This cork and caged 750ml bottle (2007 brew) cost me an arm and a leg, from Utobeer in London.
As I eased the cork out the bottle hissed at me and an aroma of German Smoked Ham hit my nose.
I did a single pour, firstly into a Westmalle Trappist Chalice, when that filled I transfered without interupting the pour, to a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed Tulip glass. Sadly I didn’t see the sediment rise, so the Grand Cru got a Gnats Foreskin of sediment within its tulip.
The Westmalle glass held a lightly hazed dark mahogany brown/red liquid, the Grand Cru, a cloudier mix of the first glass. Both had a weak fading tan head that retreated to a wisp and collar.
As mentioned earlier, the aroma was of smoked ham, malts were also there. It reminded me greatly of Bamberg (Northern Franconia) and the Rauch (smoked) beers produced there.
The taste followed on from the aroma, with the alcohol coming into the taste, obviously hidden in the smokey smell. This is a beer to have with smoked meats or a cigar (I am not a fan of either). Having said that, it is also the sort of beer any self respecting beer student should try at least once. I am glad I have.
Like most Lager based beers, there is always a body/richness/thickness/smoothness issue. This was fine, but the same sort of beer using a top fermenting ale yeast would maybe have had more presence about it.
Most enjoyable and a fitting end to my 4th July American evening (Colorada evening really).
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caged and corked 750mL bottle with 2007 on the label pours clear deep amber with ruby red hues and thin short lived tan head. The aroma has a nice smooth malt sweetened smokiness and then dry cooked bacony goodness followed by a touch of malt roastiness, dark fruity esters and caramel. The taste is similar with near chewy smooth smoky, bacony rauchness followed by sweet prunes and over ripe dark cherries covered with brown sugar. This is smooth and tasty.
Marsiblursi (2952) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours glowing reddish brown with an off-white head. The aroma holds wood smoked malt up front with undertones of chocolate/cocoa and caramel. A hint of hops and bread spices. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of mild roast and balanced (wood) smoked malt. Undertones of caramel, spices and hints of hops. The mouthfeel is “fat” (from the malt) and round with a soft carbonation. Lingering smoky tones with a touch of chocolate. Medium to full bodied.
womencantsail (6902) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2007. The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so of khaki colored head. There’s a pleasant smokiness to the aroma, almost like smoked almonds. A touch of sweet toffee malt, maybe some a hint of chocolate. Toasted malt is also present. Tastes decently smokey, but there is a really nice sweetness and nuttiness to it. A little bit of salt in the background. Medium body with medium carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by maniac. Aroma is smoke and caramel, biscuit malt, light spicy hops and a clean lager character. Flavor is smoke and meat with caramel malt and dark fruits and light spicy hops with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle 2007 vintage) cloudy gold with a ring of white bubbles. Nose of raisin, vanilla, light smoke. Taste of smoke, toasty, caramel, and light vanilla. Nice linger.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not crazy about smoked, and this one is really smoked! But surprisingly, it was good to me and I plan on trying it again. Lots of smoked and toasted malt flavor - falling a bit short of Porter. Not sure of the caramel and toffee, but perhaps hints of that is what made me enjoy it.
sinte (240) - UDINE, ITALY - MAY 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.75 L.
Dark brown body with a small, frothy, light-brown head, mostly diminishing with a fair lacing.
Heavy malty aroma (toasted, burnt, caramel) with notes of smoke, cherry and an evident alcoholic character.
Intense sweet flavour with some faint bitter note appearing anly in the finish.
Medium body with an oily texture; soft carbonation; intense alcoholic feeling in the finish.