high_on_hops (472) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The flavor has some malt but the smoke is definitely the main part of the flavor, leaving a smoky, bitter aftertaste with a medium body.
Billicus (285) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma, Smokey, malty, I really like the balance here, very much like their Scotch Ale, color, nice full bodied dark amber, taste The peak smoke flaovr came through nicely not overpowering balanced by the stong malt profile, esters of Vanillia and tannis, no hop at all, overall, good beer, very close to their Scotch Ale, just not as Malty, I would love to see this in a 6 pack!
steve1966 (83) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Something different good for the fall. Smoky hazy tasty beer. A nice change will look for it again next fall.
skoll (404) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured clear light brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate smoke sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My first beer in this style looking foward to my next.
wcengebretsen (7) - - DEC 21, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alright, maybe I show my ignorance and inexperience, but I can’t imagine how to get that much smoky Flavor in a bottle. I would love to try something like it to compare. No one I know and have talked to likes the smoky flavor, but I would have to say it grows on you. It reminds me of after a hayride or camping. Maybe those places would be good places to drink it. Try it, but be ready to try several at several different times before counting it out.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty smoky caramel aroma. Sweetish malty smoky flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity weak roasted malty smoky finish.
Sregnar35 (933) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting. Ive had other smoked beers, and this is a good example. Very smokey finish with a sweet kick to start, comes together very nice.
tmoreau (1934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle shared at a monthly tasting. Poured to a sampler with a hazed, copper/brown color, modest, off white, bubbles & froth head foam, and dots & dashes of light lacing. The aroma was light smoke, earthiness, soft, toasted malt, and a hint of caramel. The flavor was similar, adding light hop bitterness and soft carbonation in a light to medium body. An okay, basic smoked brew.
DarkSong (261) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red with a medium sized tan head. It has a strong smoke aroma with a roasted aroma and a hint of chocolate and coffee. It has a strong smoke flavor, a lot of malt and nice roasted quality which seems reminiscent of coffee. I love this beer and would really like to drink it again.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, nuts), with notes of smoke/ash and dirt.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Having just returned from Bamberg, I figured this would be an amusing beer at best, but it’s actually not as bad as expected. It’s not especially clean or deep, but it should have been much worse.