Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ørsted.
Pours a pitch black colour with a firm dense brown head.
Aroma is heavy roasted malt, smoke, coffee, liquorice and tobacco.
Flavour is roasted malt, smoke, tar, tobacco, liquorice and coffee. Lightly bitter and quite smoky with a rather thin body.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown pour. Sticky brown-tan head. The nose is a little bit soft and smokey. Softly leathery on the nose with a little bit of sticky leathery cocoa character. Chewy and softly salty as well. A little bit of ashy character. Light molasses and a whiff of soft chewy character. A bit of lovely rich intense earthiness. It’s nice, but I don’t really get a whole lot of smoke. The bitterness is a bit astringent as well.
Rasmus40 (12694) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of ken1. Black with a large and lasting dark brown head. Aroma is hard roasted malt, coffee, ashy and lots of smoke. The smoke is not really bacon or ham like you can find in the Schlenkerlas but rather a peated smoke. The flavor is quite sweet and the body is heavy. The finish is roasted bitter and dry. 230111
ken1 (1155) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer with a smokey flavor. Good colour and nice foam. A good version of the beer geek series.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Firkin in Libertyville, IL. Pours a black body with an inch thick, very dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has tons of smoked malts and peat with a really nice roast behind. Some hops make their way in as this warms along with a bit of a chocolate maltiness. Flavor is similar. A light chocolate malt up front before tons of smoked peat comes in. Again, a nice roast alongside the smoked malts as well as a distinct, but subtle earthy and somewhat piney hopping. Finishes dry with a moderate, roasty and hoppy bitterness along with tons of smoke and peat that leaves a very lengthy, almost salty aftertaste. Medium-full, smooth body and a moderate, almost creamy carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer. Lots of smoke and peat, but plenty of roasts and well hopped at the same time. Malts keep this nicely balanced and it drinks very well. Damn, this was good.
FatPhil (10057) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle (Bierkompass.de)
7 Undeniably pleasant aroma - rich smoky malts, a touch on the wooly side rather than the bacony side. Coffee clear but not prominant.
4+ Black, dark head, a little fizzy and brief. Would have been a 5 were it not for the coffee killing the head retention.
7+ Stonking rich roasty taste, gentle coffee component, nicely balanced, but a little too dark and roasty, lacking the big quaffability of the weasel.
4+ Again, very full, but a touch on the sticky side. Pleasant carbonation. Finish on the burnt side of roast. Leaves the mouth and the lips coated with stickiness, not saying "drink me I’ll quench yout thirst". Which is a shame, as it covers the 7.5% brilliantly.
15+ A whisker short of brilliance, this is just very good. Do pour carefully, as once you let the crud (bottom 10-15%) across, you’re up for a much more slimy experience. However, do pour the slime out too at the end, as, even though it sounds disgustng as it plops out of the bottle, it all tastes good.
mixmasterob (937) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught @ The Porter. Black pour with a big dark brown head. Aroma was overly smoky, like burnt toast, char. Subtle bits of roast and cocoa made their attempt to come through, unsuccessful. Just smoky dark malts. Flavors were also just as one dimensional. Like sticking your head in a big pork smoker. I don’t understand these super smoked brews, they are just too one sided for me. It seems like someone is enjoying them though...
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a chocolate color brown head. Aroma is smoke and chocolate with a touch of bacon and chili peppers. Flavor is roasty coffee, chocolate and chilis, but not a lot of bacon. Still very good stuff!
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle via an international trade conducted on national soil at PUB’N secret headquarters nestled somewhere in suburban Philadephia. Pours ruddy tirbid deep blackish brown with big 3-finger tan head into a snifter. Nose is rauchy black patent malt, molasses, cacao, salt. Tastes dry, rauchy, black patent malty, with notes of saliney hops, coffee, and damn if I don;t get an oily pork undercurrent here. Complex and very flavorful, this one would terrify someone not used to innovative craft beer, but for the grizzled veterans it is a true pleasure. Gets VERy dry and smokey and resiny hoppy as it warms.
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Poured deeper brown with garnet highlights.. short-lived, swirly beige head. The aroma picked up a lovely dose of smoked hardwoods and peat, with coffee and chocolatey notes deeper down.. the smoked malts really stand out. The flavor opened with warm, thick coffee and molasses malts, with more molasses plus honey on the middle.. the smoked malts take a little time to sink in, but are in full force by the finish.. saltiness plus sweeter, roasted coffee on the back-end.. overall a little heavy-handed with the smoke, and a little too sweet, but still very tasty. Medium-bodied and a little syrupy on the palate.. lower carbonation.. kind of thick on the back with heavy sweetness and smoke. Interesting stuff, but I liked the original more.