GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It smelled fabulous and looked really beautiful, a deep copper pour. The flavor though was too heavy on the smoke but more importantly it was like liquid smoke (the cheap flavoring that is). It was very "meaty." That said, it got better as it warmed up and sat a bit and unwound. I started out wondering if I’d finish it, but persevered and by the end was kind of liking it.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of smoke, burnt plastic, dry latex, and toasted rye. Flavor of smoked fish, burnt rye, earth, and caramel.
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Clear light orange color with a white type head. Aroma is smoky and beefy. Some bits of plastic and dentist. Flavor is smoky with some sharp flavors rounding things out. Finishes smoked.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice glowing amber brown with a small white froth. Aroma is aggressive smoke with a nice candied sugar note and a touch of dark fruit. Very nice soft smoked meat character balancing the sweet bready malts. Flavor starts with a nice fruit kick, ripe dark fruit giving way to a soft smoke character in the middle before finishing smooth and clean, with sweet fruity notes and a distinct woody fire note. Medium body and sharper carbonation. Excellent smoked beer, very well balanced.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a transparent copper color with a very thin off white head. Aroma has hints of brown sugar, bread, smoke and grains. Smokieness shines through in the taste and the body is rather malty. Has the feel of a barleywine. Overall taste is slightly tangy and gives off traces of bread and bit of toffee but the finish is dominated by the smoke making for a bitter end.
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color with a quickly falling medium head. Strong smoky aroma. Dominating smoke flavor. Seems to be a mix of alder and beechwood smoke. Very sweet maltiness, kind of odd for a smoked beer. The sugar doesn’t seem to have fermented out, giving this a candy-coated smoke feel that I’m not sure I’m a big fan of.
arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange pour, white head. Aroma has big notes of smoke, band aid, and some medicinal phenols. Taste is extremely reminiscent of smoked fish, and band-aid/medicine. Not sure if this was a bad bottle, but all the people trying it agreed. Hopefully not the intention...but if it is definitely not one I would seek out again.
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good for a heavy smoke flavor beer. Generally for me, a beer that is this smokey in flavor is too much for me. In this case the fruitiness of the rye I think, helps to balance. Pours with a small to medium sized very light tan head that mostly settles down and good lacing. Color is a clear dark amber. Aroma is mainly smoke with malt, caramel, toffee, a little fruit. Flavor is very similar. Body is fairly full and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and is fairly long.
Ughsmash (7363) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured translucent coppery-amber with a short, but tighter cap of beige head. The aroma was vibrant and smoky, with lots of woody character over aged caramel, brown sugar, and faint whiskey sugars.. a touch of green alcohol spiced it up.. I enjoyed it. The flavor found warm caramel, molasses, and Turbinado sugars at the core, with alcohol-fueled smoked malts and peppery rye emanating outward.. heavy smoke, earthy bitters, and full-belly warmth finished it off.. the smoke came back after the swallow to fill the nose. Heavier-bodied with moderate (and full at times) carbonation on the palate.. slow flow to it.. not the best rounded brew, but it may mellow out with time.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Woodman’s in Madison, WI. Pours a very brilliant and deep copper. filmy white head that lasts. Nose is candied ham, Bamberger Beechwood smoke, bacon and sugar cookies. On taste, initially it is quite smoky with a slight phenolic slant that fades into a spicy pumpernickel type note. Sweet malts come through with a slight tangy note as well. A touch salty and a touch of alcohol also hits you, likely due to the turbinado sugar. Not as sweet as a lot of people were saying but it is quite warming in my chest. Smoke could stand to be a bit stronger and perhaps a bit less hopping as well. Still, damn solid smoked beer for a smokehead like me.