TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of The_Enemy. Pours to a slightly hazy, deep golden color, with a thick, tall, white head, and moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good, salty/sooty rauch malt aroma, paired with some crisp wheat malt aroma, and light esters of banana and clove. The palate is firm, with good tart and spicy rye malt flavor, paired with some salty/bacon smoked malt flavor. This beer finishes with more good refreshing, tart rye malt flavor, then ends with some lingering salty and sooty smoked mallt flavor. Really and outstanding beer, and a very interesting combination of rye and smoked malts. You would never believe this beer is 12% abv? Dangerously drinkable for a beer of such strength. I loved this one!
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review from Jan. 8, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a half inch of head that leaves excellant lacing. Smell is wonderful with banana, yeast, bread, bubblegum, and a very slight smokiness. Slight smokiness in the taste, banana, clove, and various breads finished with a bit of orange at the end. Mouthfeel is full bodied with little carbonation making this silky smooth. Drinkability, if I had more of this or better access my fridge would be full of this.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Pours a dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Dissipates quickly into a nice bubbly layer. Smells of clove, faint smoke, and banana. On the first taste it reminds me of their black wheat and exhibits a hefe-weiss character due to the weiss yeast they use. The smoke doesnít become apparent until the finish, and then itís more of a charred wood then a robust smoke flavor. The bitterness of the rye follows quickly after the smoke fades. Excellent beer but I could definitely go for more smoke, because halfway through my glass, I couldnít pick up much smoke. And after all as the flavors melded together I was looking for more smoke. All points aside itís a terrific brew and perfect for this time of season. I still donít believe that this is 12%abv as there is little to no alcohol presence in this beer. Freakiní awesome!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wasnít quite sure what color was gonna pour out, I was thinking the rubies or browns, but when it came out dark gold I was a wee bit puzzled and pleasantly surprised. Sits quite clouded with a slow steady stream of bubbles creeping up the sides. Keeps a small ivory foamed top briefly before fading to a broken skim and medium collar. Lacing is largely globular in a droppy sheeting display across the glass.
Aroma is doughy and spicy much like a good weizen type beer. A slight smokey fable constitutes a solid phrasing across a musty, mushy lemon banana cream pie. Semi tangy, favorable musty, darkly sweet sided, and kindled in smoke, all while keeping an ecstaticly charged sensibility to the realm of a well made Belgian brew. More of the smokeyness tends to take over as it warms.
Taste is wonderfully full and long lasting with malty richness of whole grains and slightly spiced rye. Well rounded with flavors touching all sorts of creamy pie filling lending banana mush, lemon mash, yellow raisin puree, old apples and pears, and earthy melon stuff. The smokey flavors thicken up towards the finish adding a complexing girth across its creamy full body. Nicer then nice notions to vanilla and a spiced clove topping. Wow, what a treat! This stuff is great! The weizen spiced character is fully on display as the bockish malt takes the spices to a lower, milder level of acceptance and the smokey earthen stuff remarkably sweeps up afterwards. Yum!
One f*#kiní awesome beer! Its thickness is perfect. So full and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to let it slide right down with amazing ease. The smokey contributions are dead on. Any more and it would get to tangy for me. This was notched just right in the palate department. And the 12%; bah...please, it isnít anywhere to be found until nap time. One of the best Unplugged brews yet form New Glarus. More please.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Pours a hazy dark golden with small off-white head. Aromas ofyeast, bananas, cloves, a hint of smoked malts--odd combo, though does smell pretty enticing. Smoked malts come through much more in the taste, and the rest is exactly how it smells (hope you understood my horrible grammar). I cannot believe that this is 12%ABV--canít pick up on any alcohol at all with this one. Lingering sweet malt finish. Full-bodied. Odd coupling of beer ingredients, but hey, excellent brew. Dan knows what heís doing.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle ($2.00!) from Woodmans on Gammon Road in Madison. Gorgeous luminous brassy body, light yeast haziness in the bottom of the glass, tiny bubbles continue to rush at the placid, cottony surface foam which lasts and lasts...lots of smokiness in the nose, mostly fruitwood-type smoke with a light cheddary undercurrent and a crackling burning leaves feeling that just gets under my skin....texture is rather vinous, smooth but lightly tannic, very sweet and lightly grapy with juniper hints, the smoke being complementary rather than dominant on the tongue...extraordinarily mellow and smooth going down, alcohol is barely hinted at and the warming silky feeling on the throat is lovely. Very clean, and dries out enough at the end to keep it from a momentís syrupiness....this is marvellous stuff and already tastes of aging and care.
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Robertís Reality for this one. Pours hazy dark straw/copper with a 1-finger white head. Aroma of big hops, tangerine, orange zest, rauchy malt. Very unique aroma. The flavor was malty, with a defined hopcit element, and a rauchy, somewhat fruity mid-palate. Extremely complex flavors, and the rauchy element emerges more as it warms. This one is unique and delicious. Kudos to the Careyís for continuing to innovate and push the envelope.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a common thin head. Slightly hazy pale amber. Slightest whiff of smoke until you really get it close to your nose. Hits the tongue with a sharp sting of carbonation and the astrigency of the rye malt and yeast. Flavors build in the mouth from summer sausage to bananas and clove, some toast and sweetness too. Really oily. Fat with mouthfeel and long on body for such an unassuming looking beer. Smoke is way subdued. Another winner by Dan.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a superb glowing clear bronze body with thin fully disapating white head. I love the color! Very vibrant. The aroma is a lightly smoked summer sausage, caramel, vanilla, rye. Very interesting aroma. Smells pretty good. The flavor is pretty damn tasty. Lightly smoked caramel malts with wheat-like characteristics. Banana cream pie. White pepper. Pears. Very well balanced flavor. Very complex. Easily drinkable. The 12% is covered up very well. I get some warming, but no raw alcohol flavors. The palate is insanely thick. Given the look, youíd never think it. Extremely carbonated. This one is not your typical smoked beer, so donít expect that...
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Eric ( heemer77 ) for the 12 oz. bottle.
Another imaginative, unique and delicious brew from the folks at the New Glarus Brewing Co. Right off upon the pour, you notice the bright brassy, almost glow in the dark color. Once settled into my snifter, the cloud like white head starts to diminish and reveal little floaties in the hazy nectar. Aroma is sweet and yeasty, with a flavor of sweet rye malt, some smoke and wheat notes. This was like 60% abbey Triple, 20% bock and 20% smoked with a FULL-bodied mouthfeel. Thanks again Eric, I really enjoyed this one.