Drake (8980) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
C&C 750 mL bottle from State Line Liquors shared at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of smoke, caramel, faint fruits, roasted malts. The taste is smoke, roasted malts, nutty notes, a faint sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied.
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth smoked lager, very drinkable. SLight edge to the smoked malts. Sweetish smoke and also some lighter fluid. A bit of licorice, caramel and nuttiness. Pours brown with generous white head. Medium mouthfeel. Suitably carbonated. Good balance overall
jtclockwork (8877) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with tiny tan head. Good carbonation. Nose is BBQ, hops and smoke. Taste is BBQ bacon, hops and smoke. More hoppy than most smoked beers.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL c&c split at Churchkey with the gang: TURDFERGUSON, biggirlpanties, Travlr. A deep cola red pour looks blacker in the glass topped by a healthy, tan head. Decent retention and lace. Nose is sea salt, iodine, seaweed/nori, big umami savoriness like Vegemite/Marmite but not a lot of smoked character. As it decants, you gain fresh lemon and honeydew melon in the nose. Not what I was expecting. Taste is dark cherry cola, not too much smoke...perhaps salted meat and Vegemite. Mild lactic tartness in the finish. Not sure what happened here. It’s not bad...but it’s not a smoked beer.
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dry chocolate ashtray malt and stale coffee grounds in the nose. Smoked malt shows up more as it warms but doesn’t redeem the awful malt in this beer. Burnt and smoked nut shells and a mild plastic note join the old coffee grounds and ashtray. It turns slightly sweet (bacon/maple) in the finish but is killed by a watery and thin body.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This idiosyncratic Rauchbier thrills with its chocolatey, smokey lengths which carry along beechwood dryness, fruity angles and whispering greenery. Neither a Rauchbock, nor a Rauchschwarzbier, and not your typical smoked lager either, this is purity, personality and drinkability rolled into one.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Bobbing foam settles on top of the brownish blackness.
-Bready sustenance almost becomes caramelly underneath the rauchmalt.
-A green, herbal touch plays around, but it is hard to tell if it is from hops or Frontenac malt -if there is any in here.
-The big bubbles are quite peaceful and the body very healthy, making for a very agreeable mouthfeel.
-The colour would make you expect more roast character, but there is barely any.
-There is a lot of flavor in here, yet the entire experience is never intense.
-A few more 750s of this and I might very well consider this world-class. Looking forward to "testing" it again and again...
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-07-26. Very very dark brown is near black, rocky beige head. (3+) Smokey roasty dark malt in the aroma, with secondary underlying notes of sweet malt. Flavour has more roasty and sweet malt than expected from the aroma, offsetting the smoke a bit ad makes it much more balanced and drinkable. (7+) Smooth medium bodied palate suits the beer (3+) Surprisingly decent. Smoke is A flavour rather than THE flavour, and works for it. Enjoyed this much more than expected. Bottle shared by Jon Walker
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good beige head over opaque dark-brown beer with red reflections. Smoked (ham)nose with chocolate, felt, and shrimp-like aroma (like a fresh stock made of shells); charcoal. Smoked ham, chocolate, open woodfire and a (serious) point of saltiness - perfectly off-setting the chocolatey malts. Very carbonated, medium bodied, slick, seeming heavier than its 5% ABV would warrant. Only the finish is slightly watery. Very nice, convincing Rauchbier . Grand merci à Dany!
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye or blutt59... Pours with a dark brown body and a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Taste is beef, jerky, chocolate and smoke. Medium carbonation.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Poured lower-viscosity deeper brown with a short-lived, fizzy tan head. The aroma picked up dark chocolates, a pinch of cherry, and molasses with mild accents of smoked malt (could’ve been cherrywood, which would’ve explained the cherry I found).. soft overall, and very welcoming. The flavor found black patent and chocolatey malts at the core, with lightly sour smoked malts laced throughout.. well-balanced, with few flaws, but it really wasn’t that interesting.. could’ve used a bit heavier malt bill and more smoke. Medium-bodied at the very most on the palate.. lower carbonation.. overall a fairly enjoyable brew.