valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pour -caveat up front that I’m not a big smoked beer guy, but I’ve slowly been warming up to appreciating the nuances of the style. Medium brown/amber pour - very thin off-white head that is gone in a few seconds. Aroma, I’m actually really into this - great sweet and smoked combination - lots of smoked malt, pepper/rye, hint of brown sugar. Flavor is, well, good! There is a high level of smokiness to this beer, particularly up front, but a solid malt backbone kicks in to keep this thing level on the choppy seas. Palate feels a bit thin, and the carbonation seems a bit low, but it has a long, smooth finish...would I drink this often, no, but is it a good smoked beer, definitely yes.
StefanSD (2072) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from trade with elkhunter36. Thanks. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon dissipates to a fine ring around the glass. The aroma is strong with smoked malts that conjure up memories of fine Bamberg smoked beers. The flavor is complex smoked meats, semi sweet nuts and some campfire residue. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering smoked kielbasa. Overall: As a fan of smoked beers this one rocked--its a new reference standard for American smoked beers.
haukur (1261) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jesus h christ!! Smoked meat, malts in the aroma. Taste is smoked, sticky sweet. Balanced beyond everything and masked out of this world! Stunning stufd
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoke and rye, two dominating flavors, but equally distributed in this beer. The pepper of rye and the meaty, peaty flavor of the smoked malts make this an aggressive beer, but not overly so. The brown sugar and sweet spicing picks up the rye nicely.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Back to an old ratting. Smoke and booze on the nose, but SMOKE and metal on the tongue. Way to much smoke for me seems unbalanced. No thank you.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber color with a short lived tan head. Great big smokey head with some bacon and a little plastic. Great big smokey beer with lots of bacon, campfire, some band aid and plastic. The alcohol comes out as it warms. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. I like smoked beers and this is definitely a smoked beer.
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to GhostFace. Cheers, Neal! Pours a clear yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is big campfire aroma with a bit of caramel and some mild sweetness behind the huge smoke presence. This is one to ponder as the smoke lightens as the beer warms. Light in body and big in flavors. Interesting...
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with small white head. Meaty aroma with notes of tireyard and cinnamon. Flavor is slightly salty, notes of speck, campfire, and caramel. Moderately heavy oak and meaty smokiness in the finish. Nice malt backbone. I like!
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a lightly hazed amber ruby with a thin white head. Big rubbery smoke on the nose, a touch of sweet malt. Malt, toast, roast, a bit of sweetness and a touch of salinity. Medium bodied, salty and smokey, lots of rubbery malt. Malt, roast and a touch of smoke. Finishes with more smoke and a bit more sweetness.
vtafro (2828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Very smoky aroma with wood and light meat tones. Flavor is mostly smoke, less wood or meat tones.