Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
truly outstanding. incredible aroma of smoke/ham/bacon. flavor is so complex. moderate to high smokiness with coffee underneath, works together just beautifully. think smoked imperial stout. i love black coffee and bacon but the way this comes together is just out of this world.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a huge tan head that never seems to leave ever. The aroma is huge smoke- massive creamy lactic sugars, milk chocolate, bitter roasted cocoa nib, salty brine, oatmeal, mild booze, whiskey barrel oak, and peat. The flavor holds massive roasted malts, cocoa nib, the strongest of espresso, and bakers chocolate. Smokey malts don’t come through as powerfully as the aroma would suggest, but literally provide a perfect complement to the beer geek base beer. Peaty whiskey barrel abounds. The palate is massively thick, rich, viscous, and silky. Dry roasty finish.
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle labeled "Rauch Geek Breakfast." Absolutely gorgeous pour-- black as night with a big, thick light brown head. Aroma is simply divine; tons of creamy lactic sugar, heavy, milk chocolate, bitter roasted malts, briny smoked pork, and a touch of oatmeal. Caramel or molasses is basically non-existent, which I love; the sweetness is contained in the lactic character. Faintest touch of booze as well. Flavor is wondrous as well. Coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate become much more pronounced. I get a bit of sweet chocolate cake in there, but the bitterness from the dark roast is delightful-- fantastic contrast. The smoke is a bit more subtle than on the nose, but still evident and more than welcome. Even some notes of peat come through on the tongue. Palate is so intriguing because you feel like this will be an impy, but the palate is so light and easy. Fantastic stuff.
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Salling, Århus. Huge tan head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, smoke and coffee. Excellent beer.
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pitch black, viscous brew with a very heavy, creamy dark tan head. Nose has a strong burn oak presence followed by a sweet caramel, strong chocolate, mild coffee and finishes off with a generic ashen kick reminiscent of the remnants of a bonfire the night after a big party. Flavor of the brew is pretty complex with a more dominant burnt flavor that sticks to your tongue and wrestles it while more modest notes of coffee, dark chocolate and heavy roasted malt make their way to your palate. Body is modestly heavy with a light feeling and low carbonation. Overall not too bad of a brew. The smoke flavor definitely adds a rounded feeling to it.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
,5 L bottle
This pours dark brown with a frothy tan head and leaves a lot of lacing.
The flavor has notes of smokiness, used coffee grounds and finishes with some lactic sourness.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored brew with a nice brown head. Aroma is smoky, very smoky. Flavor is full of ashy smoke, coffee and bitter chocolate. Nice addition. Doesn’t feel like 7,5% at all, big beer.
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of smoke and coffee with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Has a sweet smoky taste with some bitters and dark fruit on the finish. Creamy. Tasty.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Almost black with medium-brown head. Very roasted nose with sweet smoked maltiness for balance. Flavor is initially slightly burned and very roasty, and the smokiness only comes along in the aftertaste - even then not very strongly. Some coffee and notes of licorice, too. I would have liked more smokiness in the flavor to balance the roastiness, but even like this it’s quite good. 4446
lusikka (5937) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Batch #489, brewed 11.03.2010.
Pours a pitch black colour with a large, foamy, blackish brown colour. Rich aroma of roasted malts and burnt coffee with some smoke notes. Flavour of smoked and roasted malts with mild hops and extremely dry coffee. Very dry finish. Full bodied, oily texture and dry mouthfeel. Pleasant.