gregwilsonstl (1104) - Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is the worst Sam Adams brew I’ve tried. Overly burnt. Tastes like ash and smoke.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"pours a nice clear amber orange. the aroma has to be worked for when poured cold, but it opens up eventually. but the first sip popped with nice sweet toffee malt and a sharp kick of smoke that lingered after. nice one from Sam Adams, best beer in the fall mixer."
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of grain, smoke, caramel, and nuts. Flavor of smoke, grain, toffee, some dark fruit, caramel, and bread.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a dark amber hazy body, no head, no lacing.
The smell had smokey meaty coming through in a dull bland way
The was exactly the same as the smell and was really heavy.
The palate sat about a medium, not exactly sessionable (at IMO), bland sticky aftertaste pounding all around my tongue, assault by carbonation, bland meaty finish.
Overall, however I guess this still fits the style, but I’m not a fan of this whatsoever.
Beergeek23322 (2340) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/4/2011. 12 oz. bottle from a mixed seasonal case. Amber color with a tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, malt and with a hint of smoke. Flavors hold the smoke and caramel throughout and the finish is light hops. I like this one.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed orangish amber with a medium taupe topper. campfire aroma of roasted malt, smoke and not much else. Taste of sweet malt, smoke and caramel with a zippy finish.
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, moderate smoked character, lightly fruity, a hint of peat. The smoke is constantly there, but not overbearing.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Garnet colored, large frothy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Smoked malt aroma, slight plastic and band-aid, every so slight.   Otherwise charred wood and burnt apples.   Less of the plastic and band-aid I
smelled on the nose, which is nice.   Not as malty as I would have liked, seems a touch thin.   As it warms it becomes a little simple, soft smoked malts and thats about it.   The smoke aspect needs to be more pronounced,
more ashy/woody.   Like a lot of other Sam Adams beers, this is a lighter version of many out there, which perhaps would make for a good gateway Rauchbier.   Not bad, but needs a little more umph.
falco242 (280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoky aroma with a bready malt scent too. Doesn’t look like much, and no head or lace to it. Smoked flavor is pretty strong and has a bit of a lingering after taste. They have made better, but would be good with skme bbq.
jordinc (104) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Lots of smoke in the nose, which also comes through strong in the flavor. Woody, and a very subtle sweetness that balances the smoke nicely. Perfect for drinking while sitting in front of the fire.
Lemke10 (806) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with a thin head that dissolves quickly. Smokey malts are the most noticeable scent. You don’t have to search for the tastes as the smoked malts hit the taste buds right away. Has a great body and texture to go along with its unique taste. For whatever reason it’s pretty hard to find a smoked beer as I’ve only ever had 2 out of trying over 200+ beers. This one is delicious and probably one of my favorite Sam Adams products.