Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a lacy tan head. Aroma of caramel and a little smoke. Interesting flavours of smoked fish, toasted barley, burnt toast and plum pudding. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Mild CO2 prickle and a smoky, chocolately linger. Nice.
cgarvieuk (14680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... deep dark brown ... thin tan head... light smoke ... light meaty roast nose ... dark chocolate roast ... meaty malts ... dark roast ... just a light smoke ... pretty decent
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(16.9oz bottles). Pours dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. Aroma has plenty of smoke, rye/pumpernickel, some hay or grass. Taste is semi-sweet with a some bittering hops that peek out after the smoke clears. Medium bodied and oily. Bitter finish. Not a bad version and quite drinkable.
thornecb (4456) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Tan head recedes leaving spider lacing. Bacon and charcoal aromas. Thin with sweet maple smoked bacon upfront turning to caramel before the lasting smoky resin finish.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours mahagony with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes predominantly of smoked malt, flour, apple skins, and hops. A bit dry on the midpalate, but a nice exemple of the style.
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Mahogany with a slim, fine-moussed beige foam. Nose of blackcurrant, berries and lemon zest mingled with smoked ham, urea and decaying leaves. Quite a combo- would have a job working out what the hell is going on blind. I’m not so sure with the blinkers off; solid chocolatey malts, blueberry, apple peel yeastiness and a dash of rauch vying for attention. Bizarrely unsmoked for a smoked- no more so than any number of weird English bottled bitters. Soft lactic tone, some off-kilter TCP and ink notes in the blender, good blackcurrant and lemon hop. Decent beer but would prefer the smoke taken up a notch. Or three.
Finn (4263) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske 0,5l fra Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget. Batch 677. Dyp amber. OK luftig, litt farget skum som fester seg til glasset. God røykaroma med innslag av krydder. Myk munnfølelse, Smak av røkt torv. Ikke påtrengende. Litt syrlig. Tørr syrlig ettersmak. Avslutter tørt. Godt balansert. Et "snilt" røykøl. Mye sedimenter igjen i flaska.
abstractbeer (238) - NORWAY - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Vinmonopolet. Dark reddish brown. Not much head, but that could be the fault of my glass, not the beer itself. Roasted, smoky aroma with notes of coffee and fruits/berries, milk chocolate. The flavor is smoked wood, dark malts, earthy hops. I can’t really name any other flavors. Very clean. I find this to be very well balanced, very easy to drink. The smoky flavors is very well integrated, very round and smooth. I’d say the mouthfeel is medium to light - or - it feels quite thick in the mouth, but on the other hand it is very easy to drink - so it might be more appropriate to say light body, but thick texture? There’s very little sweetness. Some bitterness and hop flavors come through in the finish. The carbonation is very soft/low.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Light smoke aroma. Smoke and rich malt flavor with light dark fruits. Medium bodied. Smoke and caramel lingers with dark fruit.
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear but dark brown with a medium sized beige to tan head. Smoke on the nose, crisp and smooth malt, a touch of toast and just the faintest lagery graininess. Medium bodied, smokey and smooth. Thins out a touch in terms of flavors, still some grain and a nice enough amount of smoke. Slow light smoke lingers for a while.