Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, - JAN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown lager coevered by a healthy and lasting pale beige head. Leathery, barkey smoke is heavily intense, up there with Schlenkerla in terms of smoke intensity yet different with its touch of earthy moisty peat. Richer than many a Franconian examples though, or at least more on the Bock than Marzen side of the spectrum, procuring generous nutty and toasty nuances. The moderate residual sugars provide desserty hints like chocolate and vanilla, but all held at bay by an effective carbonation and tight spicy, leafy hoppiness of noble lineage. The finish is lovely, offering an impressive dry-out effect, carbonation reaching its climax and hop flavours slicing through the sugars with impeccable efficiency while smoke flavours are never forgotten and peak right up in the aftertaste. This is for smokeheads only, indeed the smoke is intense enough that you suspect it hides quite a few intricacies, but a real pleasure for those enlighted brothers of mine.
keepersj12 (2743) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well done. Chocolate and caramel in the aroma. The flavor is sweet with a hint of smoke. Very well balanced with a lively mouth feel.
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drpimento (2282) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well really an excellent beer one of the best smoked brews I've ever had. Chord with a nice tan head a little lace and a very dark brown almost opaque color. Aroma is roast a little smoke malts hint of coffee and cocoa. Flavor is like aroma, plus has a little sour and carbonic tang that normally I don't like with smoke beers but here it works quite well. Body isn't as lush as I might have expected for this style of beer but actually it works better and makes it quite drinkable.
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Geiserich (3445) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Very dark brown, nearl black color, coffee-brown creamy/foamy head. Aroma is smoky malt, milder then Schlenkerla for example. Flavor is also malty, light sourly, roasty, dark chocolate, cacao, mild smoke.
Niko100 (2040) - Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of campfire, smoked meat, & some caramel; Flavor of smoky/roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and some coffee; Nice aroma - solid.
Ferris (4760) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Smoke, peat and some light booze. Dark brown with a rich head. Light smoke and a pale malt sweetness.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - not impressive for the style - a little smoke, burnt sugar, toffee, and peat
Appearance - very dark brown, with an off white wisp halo
Taste - taste has more smoke than anything, peat and caramel are also present.
Palate - a medium body, texture is thick, peaty finish
Could be that Schlenkerla spoiled me, and I’m trying to have something measure up to it, but this just seemed lacking. What I will say is that it was closest in taste to Schlenkerla’s Rauchbier Marzen. Not bad, but ultimately forgettable.
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pour thanks to adnielsen pours a dark opaque brown with a big tan head. aroma is smokey and earthy. flavor is coffee, roasted malts, with a smoky finish.
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Greg’s apartment, picked up in StL I believe. Pours a dark brown appearance with a creamy brown head. Light smoke, chocolate, herbal hoppy, caramel aroma. Pretty thick malty, chocolate, roasty, peat smoky flavor with a bit of ash and swamp on the finish.
ROGUE (2120) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves very little lacing. The aroma is smoke, a bit of roast, and a little bit of bacon. Initial taste has a bit of sweetness with some smoky and woody flavors. The finish has a bit of ash and is quite drying. Medium body and medium carbonation.
Theydon_Bois (9725) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at JF’s, from Bitter Virtue, 23/08/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a big ole light tan head.
Nose is malty, light rausch, toffee, touch metallic, mineral notes.
Taste comprises burnt cocoa, a greater depth to the smoke, ash, dark toffee, mineral notes, subtle background hoppage.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish with light smoke.
Decent rausch affair, drinkable and not overpowering!