SanfordBrewer (1371) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent mahogany with a thin beige head. Med-full body with med-full carbonation.
Aroma: strong but dank meaty smoke, fruity esters.
Taste: woody smoke, smoked meat, dark bready malt, yeast esters, and some alcohol.
alexsdad06 (3862) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is very smoky. This is a meaty kind of smoke like you would get from bacon and ham. The flavor is more smoke, with splashes of caramel, rye, barbecue sauce and char. Consumed not long after the release.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smoked and bacon though the aroma is a bit weak for a smoked beer. If this had some rye character I think it would be really interesting but I just donít get it here. As smoked beers go not bad but the mouth is kinda oily.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Originally reviewed: 2/27/12. Poured this one into a mug. Pours a cloudy rusty brown. This looks like I dipped my glass into the Yadkin River. Huh. Big smoky aromas - campfire, ham, bacon grease. Yowzas. Much smokier than I thought as it completely dominates the nose.
The mouth was way thin for my liking. Carbonation level was low, and there just wasnít anything to back up these unique flavors. The smokiness pervades the flavors as well, as I feel like I am drinking the dregs from a can of ham. Actually, that may be about right as the body probably matches that as well. I canít pull any rye character from this one. No spiciness; bitterness is near absent. I am not opposed to smoked beers at all, in fact, I have enjoyed them at other times, but this one just downright fell flat for me. This might as well be called New Glarus Liquid Pig. Pass.
pete4999 (938) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured. Very smoky, dark brown with minimal head. I really donít taste much through the smoke. Not bad overall, but nothing spectacular.
Peacehammer (562) - California, USA - APR 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tons of smokey aroma right off the bat. Almost a baconey flavor. Dark copper color. Hints of rye balance the smoke, but not enough. This is a smokey beer for sure
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, clear amber with a small, short-lived beige head which leaves some legs of lacing on the sides.
The aroma is all about the smoke, and itís mostly of the smoked-meat variety with pork coming to mind. There is a bit of smoked wood in there and an interesting ashy, peaty thing as well as some sweat fruit way back behind the smoke.
The taste is smoky as well, but the first thing I noticed is that itís much sweeter than the aroma with some apples and caramel malts up front. The smoke is present throughout but especially in the finish where the meaty smoke lingers.
The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and ashy and smoky on the palate.
I love a good smoked beer so I was pleased with this beer overall. I still donít think this sits on the Schlenkerla level, but itís just a notch below. Solid.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Scott. Like the Hill Farmsteads, and so many others, a big part of the Winnipeg Tasting/madness. Pours clear tawny, thin off-white head; poor lacing. Nose is since ham-smoke, maple, golden syrup, french toast. Remarkable nose. Flavours are smoky and malty, but the alcohol is just jarring in this one, very rough throughout. A lovely-smelling beer, that is just too thin to hide the alcohol in the mouth. Unfortunate.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour with a small off white head that fades fast. Strong smokey aroma with bacon, more smoke, a touch of alcohol, and more smoke. Sweet malty caramel flavor filled with smoke and yes....Bacon.The spicy rye on the finish makes it even better. Very interesting, but after 1 beer, I had enough.
piscator34 (1843) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled sample via oakbluff. Consumed with Savvy1982 and oakbluff. Pale brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of fruitwood smoke, and neuralish ale yeast. Smoke forward in the mouth, some caramel malt and hints of vanilla chocolates in the background. Oddly bitter, but finishes sweet. A bit of an odd duck.