Dogbrick (8119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a thin and dense khaki head that evaporates gradually. to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Campfire aroma with some malt behind it. Medium-bodied with a smoky malt character and notes of dark chocolate and adhesive bandage. The finish is smoky with a burnt malt aftertaste. Decent overall, but veers a little too far into smoky territory for my taste.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a stange. Big thanks to khumbard for this.
3.25 A: Black color. Aggressive pour gave two fingers of fizzy medium brown head that quickly fell.
4.0 S: The nose is just what I want in a rauchbier - smoky. Big roasted porcine smokiness with campfire undertones. There doesn’t seem to be much of the lager coming through past the smoke aside from some roastiness, but that’s fine, it smells great.
4.5 T: The taste is even better than the nose. It maintains the same smoke pork smokiness along with campfire, but is balanced by a sweetness - a woody sweetness - that you might get from burning certain species of trees. It’s like a dark, roasty caramel. However you describe it, it works. A lot of smoked beers are a taste bud tease in that they smell super smoky, but don’t taste super smoky. This isn’t one of them. The smoke is deep and complex. With the sweet maltiness balancing, I can’t seem to find any problems. Very nice.
4.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation isn’t very active, but there’s enough of it. Silky smooth creaminess that enhances the taste. Goes down far too easy for a beer this big. Great here as well.
4.75 D: Very solid rauchbier. Plenty of flavor with depth and complexity and a killer mouthfeel. Both the taste and mouthfeel were borderline 4.75, so I put it here instead.
Serving type: bottle
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle courtesy of Rebekah. Thanks. Pours a dense black color with a small khaki head that soon recedes to a fine ring. The aroma is bold with smoked scents that conjure up the image of a good BBQ. The flavor, like the nose, is sweet smoky goodness set in a neutral malt base. The palate was on the lighter side and the carbonation was soft, this made for easy drinking, way to easy. The finish is medium in duration and sweet. Overall: A fine smoked brew--I loved it.
garrison (773) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 650 ml bottle purchased at Liquor Direct in Covington, KY (where they make the jelly) - Alright, this dark smoked schwarzbier had an interesting burning nuts aroma, with a light tan head, and a sweet, toasty grain flavor. Good stuff!
patrick767 (3571) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Ft Wayne RB tasting - Pours near black with a tan head. It has a very smoky aroma. The flavor is of roasted malt and is very smoky, reminiscent of smoked meats. The smoky, dark roast character lingers on the palate and makes the finish on the bitter side. Excellent beer.
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, medium gusher. Highly carbonated black pour, tons of bubbles. Chocolate, light smoke. Weird mouthfeel, a little weight then body turns into bubbles. Probably infected.
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber courtesy of queenholly. Thanks! Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a monstrous fizzy brown head. Average head retention. Tart aroma with notes of smoke, nuts, chocolate, earth, stone fruits and a bit of plastic. The taste is chocolate, nuts, herbal notes, mild smoke and a tart finish. Medium bodied. Seems just a tad bit off, but not bad.
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber split at DC tasting. Infected gusher, but the flavor is still OK to me. Cocoa chocolate, smoky aroma. Gushing thick rusty beige head. Maybe its not infected? Meaty brown chocolate. Some astringent mineral tones. OK, I guess.
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. A bit of a gusher. Nose/taste of smoked meat, rich smoked chocolate malts, burnt molasses and smoked hickory. Lots of smoke. Richer than expected. Medium body. Hints of sour notes - possible infection, but still quite good right now.
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer with a thin wispy brown galaxy for a head. Smokey meat nose. Flavors of dark brown sugar, molasses, smoked ham and buttered toast. Long ashy finish. There is something a little artificial in there.