NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2013. I stopped by Red Rock to try their Zwickelbier, but this turned out to be my favorite of their offerings. Pours a golden orange appearance with a creamy brown head. Big meaty, ham smoked aroma with some caramel sweetness and Noble hops. Not overly sweet flavor packed with a touch of peat, tons of smoked bacon, and burnt wood. Fucken chill brew.
EdInSaltLake (523) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, smoky aroma. Smoked malt flavor... almost peat-y. Sweet/caramel malt flavors.
drsordr (898) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours copper color. Nose smoky peat, hardwood charcoal, and malt. Taste very peaty and smoke. No aromatic hop. Finish fades away smoothly.
gnoff (7471) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, smoke scent. Sweet, smoke taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the pub. Solid smoke/ bacon notes. A sweet malt character, some fruity yeast/hop qualities. A solid rauch beer.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Nice campfire aroma. Taste is burnt toast. it works for me.
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Multiple draft samples @ 2010 GABF: Bronzed yellow. Wispy collar of foam. Pleasant nose of biscuity, haylike, honey-glazed malt, soft/rounded smoke and minerals. Firm carbonation. Clean and wonderfully composed smoke dovetails with toasted hay, initially. Nice punch of pungent beech smoke gradually intensifies, though it remains well-rounded so as to not obstruct the malt delicacies. Faint ashiness enhances the clean attenuation as it latches onto the beautifully textured biscuity, toasty malt backbone. Assertive hop bitterness surges forth with notes of grass and aniseed. Light mineralic snap lends wonderful contrast to the softer malt, and compensates for the the dab of doughy yeast which comes and goes. Floral softness is apparent throughout, and plenty enough to buttress the center of the beer. The crisp, dryly malty finish is accompanied by a brisk fusion of sassy hops, woody malt, and minerals. Perhaps a wee bit stark in the malt department, but that is a minor quibble as it is clean and nicely balanced.
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010, came highly recommended from Dickinsonbeer. light caramel colored pour. Sweet malts nicely balanced with a non dominating smokiness. Enjoyable smoked beer
Sledutah (4117) - Utah, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
Appearance: Clear copper with a small white head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Smokey, sweet malts
Taste: Smokey, bready & malts
A nice clean beer. The right amounts of smoke in the aroma and taste, not overpowering.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 09. From the ratings- it seems like in 09 they really stepped it up a lot from a crappy beer. One of the top 5 of the whole fest for me this year. Pours a medium bright copper with a lasting off white head. Aroma is so fresh, bready, smokey and clean - great beechwood smokiness- similar to the Heller Trum, only scaled back a bit, but it makes up for it in fresh doughy bready malts, lightly burnt fresh toast, and light on the hops. Flavor is all malt- toast, bready, awesome clean fresh beechwood smokiness, light campfire- lots of ham and bacon- smooth clean refreshing finish. Had to go back every time I passed the booth. Kickass.