mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I smelled smoke, I tasted smoked, I liked the smoke!
Nice smokey orange color with a nice creamy head.
A great blend of malt, hops and smoke. I like this beer on cold winter nights, however it isn’t doing too bad this summer. This is definately an acquired taste (like Alaskan Smoked Porter).
Andrew196 (1331) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color was hazy orange, had weak head. Aroma of sweet apples and pepper...oh yeah, and smoke too. Was sort of complex in flavor...hoppy sweetness, pepper. Very different kind of beer....not bad.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown, cloudy. Smoky bacon, mixed with fruitiness in the aroma (bananas? pears?) produces an interesting combination. At first I thought that it would be a good novelty beer to have every now and then, but not something for everyday consumption. The nice lingering smoked aftertaste has me convinced otherwise at this point.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 Not sure of the age of this bottle. Due to the incredibly thin body and the subdued smoke flavor I almost want to say this bottle was from 98 as i got it from the same store as a McRogue 98. The body was just too thin and the smoke too subdued to get high marks.
Re-Rate: Ugggh. Liquid beef jerky. Im not a huge fan of smoked beers but i've never had one that tasted exactly like meat before. No complexity, just beechwood smoke and meat.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thought I had a bad bottle until I saw these reviews. Virtually no carbonation, no head and an abundance of smoke. Too much for me. This may make a good marinade though for BBQ pork but not good for my stomach.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy orangey color. very nice aroma. i had a few sips when it was cold and it definately tasted smokey almost too much. as i let it warm though it seemed to calm down though.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 cloudy dirty brown with tiny particles dancing like wolves, bald as george costanza, smokey aroma, smokiness of course, low carbination and I would have hoped for more, stale smoke finish, definitely not as good as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, there"s just something unsatisfying in this beer Re-Rate 2002 22 oz edition: some creamy head was formed on this baby..the aroma was real firey smoke with fresh hops peaking through..a touch of acidity was noticed as the aroma melts to nothingness..lively carbination greets the toungue..creaminess is noticed next..with a smokey subtleness that is not quite subtle but which is subtle too..creamy..big hoppiness for a smoked beer..much better than that old 7oz bottle i had the first time.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(650 ml bottle)Clear,amber/orange with a thin head and lace. Nose is a wonderful smokey malt. Thin to medium bodied, sharp carb bite. Palate is full of smokey goodness, malts definitly show up in a firm manner, saaz hops add some addicting bitterness. This is wonderful. As it warms and the more you drink, smoke is less evident and the other qualities are enjoyed. Not as full or rich as the schlenkera’s but stands well on its own. Would definitley have again.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and smoky aroma, like a BBQ or smoked bacon. Oak? Medium caramel color with white, lasting head. Light, smooth carb. Smoky in flavor with nicely balanced hops/malt. Would go really nice at a BBQ.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 25, 2002
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
When asked recently, I think I named Rogue as my favorite US brewer. I love their creativity and uncompromising, unapologetic Rogueishness. As for this though I have to say I hated it. One dimensional from start to finish. The smokiness vergess on bizarre, reminding me of burnt rubber. OK so a little raisin comes through in the aroma and some plum in the flavor but beyond the smoke there’s really not much craftmanship, not to mention the complete lack of life and foam in the pour. This really is little more than a glass of smoke and the result just doesn’t work. May improve with BBQ food.