piscator34 (1889) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An extra-smoked smoke-meat sandwich in a bottle. Good stuff
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed 9 months after the beer release (was it brewed more than once?). Bottle from oakbluff… I think. So just in case: thanks a lot Scott!
The look: Clear copper body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: Nose is heavily smoked with smoked ham and smoked wood, this is borderline Schlenkerla smoky. Taste is very meaty (smoked bacon, smoked ham, smoked herring, more…), some caramel, strange bbq-ish spiciness, deep-fried something. Despite its name I didn’t pick much rye in this beer other than an overall flavor of a smoked-meat sandwich with its usual rye bread. Not as good as the existing Schlenkerlas yet the intensity was such that I could have believed this beer was a new Schlenkerla. I have rated so many beers that I’m now thinking about writing a beer diary, but unlike others mine will be written from the perspective of the beer, mainly a bunch of “pssshhhhh” and “noooo please don’t drink me”.
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is quite smokey with a note of cured meat and some backing rye. Flavor starts with smoke and a bit of backing beef jerky but finishes with more of a rye and bread note.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep amber with a tan head. Aroma shows spicy rye, good doses of smoke, caramel, and earth. Flavor shows sweet malt surrounded by dry peaty smoke and finishing with some peppery rye. Overall body is moderate and the smoke definately lingers on the finish.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma very smokey and malty, color, light meduim hue small foamy white head, taste wow smoke was good, nice strong mellow smoke flavor, then malty background, overall, Thanks Lushawn, was sent to me as a gift, i wish I could find this stuff around here, I really enjoyed it!
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Split a 12oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color, small off-white head. Aroma was smoke, roasted and slightly toasted. Earthy. Flavor is smoky, with notes of earth. A bit sweet. Perhaps not my most favorite brew, but interesting enough that I’m not disappointed I tried it.
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (trade with arkurzynski - huge thanks). Campfire smoke and sweet rye malt aroma. Amber color with moderate head. Sweet citrusy rye malt with moderate smokiness. Mildly bitter herbal hops finish. Nicely blended. Probably the sweetest smoked beer I’ve had but works well.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Deep smoked aroma light rye malt and some hops. The flavor was thick with smoke and rye malt. This was a super tasty beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of northernbrews. Brilliant copper, minimal head. Aroma and flavor dominated by smoke, in a good way. Fatty/meaty, much like my smoker after some pork butts. Very woody, some sweetness and spicy rye through the finish, help to balance a bit. Very clean. Medium body and mouthfeel. While the smoke dominates, this is really nice. Another solid offering from NG.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely beer. Amber hazy pour with compact head. Smoky nose with sweet rye and caraway seen. Flavor is the same, with a smooth finish. Very good to sip and enjoy.