Lemke10 (862) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown color with rather less carbonation than most beers. The scent will be like roses to those who like to grill out. Almost reminds me of the smell of bacon. Has a good full flavor to it that again reminds me of the taste of a good swine dish. Obviously has a rye taste as well. Is very complex and hard to describe. An absolute most try, especially when grilling out.
peteinSD (1418) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously sent my way by Neal - thanks! Pours a clear brown with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is meaty with bacon and smoke over some roasted malt and very light malt sweetness in the finish. Taste is fairly smokey with roast and bacon but there is also much more sweetness than the aroma suggests with even some darker fruit notes on the tail end. Clean, slightly coating mouthfeel. Man, this is good!
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has some decent smoke, rye scents, bit medicinal. Taste is nice sweet smokey taste, decent body, alright finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
valpoaj (660) - 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 Iím not a big smoked beer guy, but Iíve 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, Iím 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 (2218) - 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 (1345) - 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 (3226) - 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 (3663) - 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 (4601) - 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...