auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bottle. Thanks so much Sean! Having had the regular Charkoota a couple years ago, it’s easy to say that the barrel aging was an awesome addition. The aroma stays subdued melding a hint of smoke, some maltiness, and a nip of barrel. The flavors explode all over the place with fresh raw smoke up front moving into deep rich caramel and caramelized malts, before a deeper, richer smoked finishes twined with the mature, refined brandy essence. It really comes across as maple bacon, kicked up a notch. It is sweet, it is strong, but the smoked and the barrel balance nicely and all parts are at the right level. Really, really nice.
Art (2838) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky medium brown. Aromas of smoke, campfire, light smoked meats, light plums. Taste is slightly sweet but also roasty. Pretty unique.
Imaena (2157) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A little too sticky sweet even for a doppel - but the smoke and brandy barrels add some nice complexity.
jandd1983 (3575) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2012 this one states 9.33% abv. It poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was of smoke, malts and some brandy. The taste was of smoke up front with caramel, malts, and a nice smokey finish with some brandy in the backend. There may have been a touch of meats, maybe bacon. The smokiness is not overwhelming, just right. Awesome.
superspak (4221) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big wood smoke, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown rye bread, raisin, plum, cherry, brandy, oak, light char, and oak/smoky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/smoked malt, brandy barrel, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big wood smoke, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown rye bread, raisin, plum, cherry, brandy, oak, light char, and oak/smoky earthiness. Slight smoke/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown rye bread, raisin, plum, cherry, brandy, oak, light char, and oak/smoky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/smoked malt, brandy barrel, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged smoked doppelbock style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/smoked malt, brandy barrel, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is smokey and brown sugar. Sweet malt flavor with the brown sugar and a boozy like finish. Medium body with good carbonation. very ok
drsordr (2060) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample cola brown with ruby hue. Nose smoked pork belly with a vague hint of formaldehyde. Taste sweet up front followed by the smoke and bacon. Sweet finish. Taste better than smell, nine of the chemical on the taste.
Beerman6686 (6009) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a very dark red to brown colot with a small beige head. Aroma was big smokey meats, brandy, dark fruit, loight roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor was just as big, a good amount of sweetness from the sugars and brandy, blended perfectly with thick smokey and roasted notes. A top notch BA beer.
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fat Heads in the Burgh. Pours a deep dark brown color with a small white bubble of head. The aroma is big brandy and smoke. The flavor works out quite well: a base of rich lager, smoke, sweet dark fruit, big brandy barrel. Very sweet and warm. Enjoyable and a nice take.
peteinSD (1446) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Dark brown/amber pour and an initial froth of tan foam fading to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is clean and heavy smoke and bacon over a melange of sweet malt and brandy. Impressive how the smoke dominates and the brandy plays a supporting but complimentary role. Taste is heavy smoke up front with roast and lightly sweet malt from the dopplebock with ripe brandy featuring fruity, candied alcohol tones. Mouthfeel is coating and smooth. Even among the beer geek set I suspect that most will be unable to wrap their heads and taste preferences around this beer. But I do think that the brewers did an excellent job presenting the base beer with a brandy barrel influence that nicely compliments rather than dominates. Love this beer.