belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet roasted aroma. Very subtleroasted body. Medium-bodied and very easy drinking. A refreshing porter.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 Pour is a deep red/black with a quickly going fizzy head. Wish for a creamier head... Anyway, as far as rauchs go, this one is waaaaay subdued. Malty and fruity nose of coffee, chocolate, Dark fruits. Only with my nose practically in the beer do I smell campfire and ham. But it is there. Taste is better. Far easier than Schlenkerla, but the fire and smoke are there. Without the smoke, this is a somewhat sour porter, with faint coffee notes. As the porterness subsides, the campfire comes out to play. Tastes like smoked ham dipped in coffee, finishing with a smokey, woodsy finish. Not too shabby, I say. Just a bit thin in palate and taste.
2/8/8: Re-Rate. They have redone this beer. Since deciding to put in 12oz bottles, they have made this better. As my girlfriend points out, this tastes like true black forest ham, the stuff that has been smoke cured, not the typical mass market bs. Very nice and flavorful, without over powering you. Very nice.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 I feel like you really need to search for some smoke in this beer. It took me a couple to start getting it, then was kind of hammy. I would prefer a more upfront drier smoke. Beer was opaque black. and rolled across the tounge with little CO2. I’d just like more smoke.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The commercial description more than aptly captures this beer’s appearance: "black mahogany", although it failed to note the well-sized, light brown head, that receded slowly to an oily film. Roasted barley and smoky aromas, but not in excess like Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, et al. Rich flavors fill the mouth, with roasted bitters and rounded malts. (My bottle came equipped with a rubberbanded neck-tag that stated ’chococlate undertone balanced the bitterness of the hops..." and I concur.) Flavors were enhanced by a hearty carbonation. Rich mouthfeel, oily and full.
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Braudog (6286) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This new bottle of "Smoke" was a gift of Brian the brewer. This is a solid black with a nice tan head of small bubbles. This presented a sweet aroma, and indeed the flavor has a sweet roasted basis, with a nice pleasant smoke backdrop. If the full-on Rauchbiers of Bamberg are a bit too much, this is a great starter. Well done.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown body, decent tan head. Sourish smokey aroma with some fruity esters getting in the way. Thinnish body with chocolatey, slightly nutty and of course smokey flavors. Appetizing.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m glad I finally tried this - being here in MO. A smooth smoky taste with slightly fruity, caramel and chocolate undertones. The aftertaste is not strong, but doesn’t leave the best of the flavors behind - more of the smoke or something. Still, an enjoyable drink. ($2.69/22oz)
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque, black in color with red only at the edges and a thick, but not well-sustained, tan head. Aroma is intensely smokey from hardwood smoked malt but also from black malt. Caramel is also an underpinning and adds depth. This beer finishes too quickly for me except for a lingering, somewhat unpleasant charcoal flavor. Medium/light in body. Good but not overdone roast and a solid bitterness. Carbonation is too high as well and detracts from the total palate. There is some milk flavor on the palate as well as charcoal and smoke, some sweetness, subtle caramel, and grassy hops.
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a black almost mahogany color with a big brown head. Lots of smoke in the nose. Some chocolate and a littlefruitieness at first followed by the smoke. Has good mouthfeel. This would be great with some good slow cooked barbeque!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Coaltrains in the Springs. Pours a brown/black color with a shallow whitish head. Aroma is ’surprise!’ smoky, maybe some sort of smoked meat, but I don’t like it as much as I did the Alaskan Smoked Porter that Hi-Times Wines absolutely cheated me out of as they enjoy my $100 gift to them---that’s another story...the bastards. Taste is somewhat malty, with a slight malt sweetness, but continues with a smoked earth taste that left me not so impressed. Too thin for me also.....kinda dissapointing, given they won at the GABF.