sherm1016 (904) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Sendiks WFB. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is smokey, bacon. A little heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Flavor is very smokey, but you can still taste the rye. Also has a hint of a Belgian Dubbel, from the Turbinado sugar I would guess. I am very interested to hear what the ABV is on this beer. With the Turbinado sugar, I am guessing 8%-10%. Another very good beer from the great people at New Glarus. Thanks!
davey101 (513) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Typical unplugged appearance with the universal Unplugged label, red foil, and Smoked Rye Ale sticker on the neck. Looks like this is from early 2011.
A - Pours a clear dirty red body. The last oz. or so was pretty grimy with sediment. Fingers worth of off white foam. Really nice lacing and retention.
S - Nice balance between smoked malts and caramel sweetness. Maybe a touch of spice and fruit, but this is otherwise pretty much occupied by the smoke and its hard to pick out much more. Smells really nice though.
T - Smoked ham, BBQ sauce, alcohol, and soooome rye spice. Like drinking a beer with a shot of liquid smoke added. Its awfully tasty but holy hell does it get tiring and rich after a while. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol creeps up in the end.
O - Not the most smokey beer Iíve had, but probably the richest and meatiest. This is a real winner if you liked smoked beers with notes of meat. After each sip I feel like Iíve been chewing on a bonfire.
BeerandBlues2 (7466) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention
with light lacing. Aroma is ash, smoked meat, spicy rye, pear fruity esters, and spicy hops. Flavor is spicy and earthy rye with moderate smoked meat, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (1986) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with thin, creamy white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is smoke, roasted and cookie malts, rye, figs, dates, and floral hops. Flavor is smoke, bready malts, light caramel, floral hops, dark fruit esters, and faint spice; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
djd07 (2323) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with small white head that lasts awhile. The aroma is smoke and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and smoke and light rye flavor. Good.
madmitch76 (10000) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
14th January 2012
Clear amber beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Mild carbonated sting in the tail. A reasonable level of smooth smoke. Slightly sweet malt with a little citrus underneath. Semi dry finish. All right.
Lemke10 (544) - Janesville, 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 (998) - 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 (1623) - 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.
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valpoaj (534) - 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 (1804) - 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.