trapped (352) - TURKEY - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Blackish brown with brownish foamy small head, high spirit aroma reminding of rum, very nice bitter chocolate taste, long finish. Very very nice!
aenima (71) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little bit too one dimension in both the taste and aroma. Mostly smoke in both. Would have appreciated a little more taste.
BillWyce (539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: Poured deep, opaque black with a 1-finger tan head. Peppery smoke aroma, with some chocolate underneath. Full body, very slightly oily. Mild finish with a touch of astringency. Smoke flavor is strong, yet restrained. Not as in-your-face as a rauchbier. Roasty maly flavor underneath. Some chocolate as well as it warms. Very nice.
MadRobin (1063) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Frisco Taphouse & Brewery in Columbia, MD.
Opaque, near black with a small, creamy brown head and very good lacing.
Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, and dark bread. The smoke is more like the sweet, humid smoke from a barbecue, than dry campfire smoke. Very pleasant.
Taste of caramel, toffee, dark bread, smoke, peat and roasted malt.
Full body and high/medium carbonation.
The smokiness is much softer and rounder than the ashy smoke of a raunch beer. It balances nicely against the sweet malt flavors.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Quevillon (2240) - Sainte-Thérčse, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle purchased at the LCBO on Rideau and King Edward (Ottawa) on March 1, 2013. Black, small head. Aroma of smoked malt, slightly sweet wheat. Malted barley taste slightly smoky, quite dry, bitter alcohol. Not bad, but not enough smokiness that I wanted!
StefanSD (1805) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from trade with rebekah. Thanks. Pours a dense black color with a small tan head that recedes to a fine film. The aroma is earthy with roasted grains, dark fruits and smoked malts. The flavor is a big blast of smoke, with raisins, dates, licorice and earthy hops. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long with lingering smoke, dark fruits and a bit of acidity. Overall: Finally I get the Iceland tick, yahoo, and its a respectable smoked beer too--double bonus. Very nice quaff, it makes me wonder why more breweries don’t try making smoked stouts. The world would be a better place if they did.
Damico (1979) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear dark chestnut amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is so nice for the style bringing just the right amount of smoked malts, smoky wood aroma really to please the nose. Flavors brings smoky malts smooth on the palate, again not overbearing at all but just the right balance which I assume why the rating is so high. It is quite delicious overall, not just the style.
EtTuCthulhu (462) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The appearance of this beer fuses an obsidian black color with a large tan head, and the aroma is pure smoke with a little vanilla hint. The taste is quite umami, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter, which is very powerful without being overwhelming; also, the palate combines a medium body, thick and slick texture, soft carbonation, and a long smoky finish.
Slepkov (31) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Exceedingly dark; pitch black with a coarse beige "head" that is really just a rapidly disappearing layer of large bubbles. Head disappears within 30 seconds leaving no trace. After some drinking a secondary pretty lacing appears on the glass perimeter. The nose is mostly molasses Halloween candy and coca-cola. On the palate the body is very thin and overly effervescent, but clean and crisp. The flavour is one dimensional with sweet (but not overly) malt, coffee, and some ash. No big flaws, but nothing interesting happening here. Surprisingly refreshing though for a 9.4% alcohol brew.
skokott (32) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
heavy but pleasant smoke, smoked wood, coffee/dark chocolate, toffee, sweet raisins (but not too much sweetness). Reminds me of Reykjavik’s vaguely sulfur smell for some reason but that’s probably suggestion. Even though it’s so heavy it might go nice with big fish in a strong sauce. High ABV is subtle.