RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a bottle. Glorious smokey aroma, hints of rye spice. Red fruits, smoke, spices, light sweetness in the flavor. Superb.
DYCSoccer17 (3383) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is roasted with some anise hints and a fair amount of woodiness present. Light, sticky molasses is also appreciated with a bit of ethanol. Plenty of anise. Moderately transparent cola-colored body with a smallish, weak light tan head. Wow...very sweet, sticky, oily, and chewy. Has a great deal of carbonation tingliness in the middle with some late ethanol burn. Lots of sweet chocolates and a bit of molasses and anise come through. Smoked peatiness is there. Has a bit of a harsh, burnt roasted rye flavor late. I personally think this beer is a bit of a mess and pretty unbalanced.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark shade of manly brown. The head atop was a circle of rather large, see-through bubbles with a perfect clockwise swirl of bubbled atmospheric dust inside. The nose was a glorious surprise of a deep sensual molassis sweetness with counterbalancing sharp, almost minty hop esters, so to speak. There’s a deep underlying chocolatey and toffee-like malt base that really makes the nose intriguing. Spicey intro to flavors at first, reminding me of some vintages of anchor’s our special ale, with smooth, yet seemingly confusing chocalte and toffee malt notes at first glance, spiked with hop breath, and sprinkled with spice in some rare christmas cookie kind of way. There’s a lot more going in this beer too...but typing is causing me to lose concentration...so I’m going to go now, see you after a few glasses
ok, I’m back...only 1 more small pour in the bottle and I’m pissed! Its like a book you cant put down (not that I ever read or know what that actually feels like, but it sounded right here)...I took 3 valiums like 4 hours ago and the need to drink more of this is the cocaine of counterbalance. I’m liable to OD...on fucking lust for this shit. More I drank, more raisins and chewy subtle, but meaty smokiness underlines everything. This is a sweet mo’fo’ beer
all you tickers rating on a small sample, erase your your bullashit rating now and rate this beer like a motherfucking man!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy hell. Complex. So much going on. Smokey, richly malty, with intense sweet dark fruit (acai, blackberry, blueberry,) chocolate, toffee, caramel. This beer is a damn meal. It has the dark fruitiness of a Belgian, the roast and chocolaty richness of a stout and the malt complexity of a good English Old Ale, with a touch of smoke, hops and a long, lingering finish. Its a prime candidate for 2-3 years of cellaring.
Ernest (6423) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread, molasses), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, brown sugar, orange peel, hint of smoke. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Aroma is nice enough, but this just wasn’t any fun to drink...just too sweet and burning.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown hue with hints of garnet and mauve. A thick head of khaki coloredfoam settles in slowly, leaving behind dense sheeting that breaks apart into spotty, cracked rings of lace. The nose is enticing and complex, starting out with a rich chocolate and dark caramel malt base, with notes of figs, dates, hazelnuts, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rye malt lends it’s distinctly clean, grainy profile, which works insanely well with the potent smoke character. There’s a hint of bacon in there, which is never a bad thing. In short, it smells decadent and delicious. To my delight, the flavor does not disappoint. The rye is the wildcard, it’s clean sharpness setting this one apart from other chocolaty, caramely barleywines. The nuts, figs, and other dark fruits take the smokiness quite well, and the whole thing just comes together beautifully with a staunch, earthen hop finish. Substantial, slick, and viscous, the
palate suites the brew well, distributing the deep flavors to every corner of the mouth. I had high hopes for this one, and it delivered. This might be my favorite smoked brew to date.
thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a cloudy medium brown with no head but good lacing. The nose is strongly alcoholic and orange oils are here too. Taste is bitter chocolate, roasty malts. Nice oily slick mouthfeel as well. Not my favorite, but good in this style.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine. My initial impression is that this could sit for a bit more - like 6-18 months. Still really good though. Nose is of peat, smoked crusty ham (like Schlenkerla Maerzen), coffee and burnt caramel. Color is a sooty purple brown. Flavor has the components of the nose with a muted version of the smoked meat - also old malt, the merest trace of split-my-head open Danish BW heat, and a really substantial dark chocolate flavor. As it warms it actually starts to remind me of a US imperial stout.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood. I decided to go with a wide-mouthed glass for this so the aroma wouldn’t hit me too hard. The aroma balances out nicely, lots of heavy chewy malt with a good rich smokey scent. The wideness of the trappist glass give this a nice color scheme. It really looks brown and medieval, almost like thick whiskey. The flavor is very rewarding, lots of sweet smokey malt character. This really carries a caramel flavor that has smokey flavor that almost tastes barrel aged. It has that delicate oak character with some light cherry vanilla aspects. Mighty tastey, and the rye mixed in gives it a good fullness along with the sweetnessss.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm, this is supposed to be a smoked beer? Nice aromas and flavors, but I can’t find
the smoke. More like a smooth porter. Rich malty aromas and flavors with a pretty heavy
palate. Sweeter than I expected. Alcohol is well hidden and it’s easy to drink. Not what
I expected or was hoping for, but overall a good brew. Just get your hopes up when it comes to it being a "smoked" beer.