obguthr (5488) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tinny smoke aroma, slight corn note. Clear copper, thick yellow head, some lacing. Sweet, smoky, and full bodied. Honey and maraschino cherry flavor, cloying with smoke just in the background. The amount of smoke is great, but the problem is the base beer. It’s simply too sweet even for a bock. It comes across syrupy and hot. Alcohol is magnified by both the sweetness and the smoke. Bocks and smoke just don’t work for me. <tangent> It speaks to my dislike of molasses or sugar based BBQ sauces. Having roots in Eastern Carolina, I prefer spicy vinegar. Hey, now there’s an idea. I bet a smoked oud bruin or red would be good. </tangent>
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/8/12 tap at pap.
Nice auburn brown w an almondy head.
A+F are smokey caramel and fruitiness. a bit sweeter than i care for. Rich,slick,creamy...esp for a typically thinner clean style?
Headbanger (3784) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 4/6/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Dimpled Mug-Pours a medium amber with a big tight off white head. Aroma of smoke. Taste of smoke, caramel, roasted malt, and toffee. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and quite smokey. Nice job.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Complex aroma of malt, smoke, bacon, caramel, smoked meat, slight candi sugar, and slight molasses. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that quickly diminished but lasted throughout around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. My 4/5 in appearance is generous. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, smoke, light smoked meat, and slight caramel. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, smoke, smoked meat, slight caramel finish. 9.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Slubgob (297) - West Hartford, USA - APR 3, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into point glass. Mahogany color with modestly thick Carmel head. Hint of campfire on the nose with malt sweetness. Sweetness Carries through to the tongue tasting like the higher ABV it is, getting in the way of any more subtle flavors. finishes with light smoke note. Hint of smoke and brown sugar notes linger on the finish.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flavor and aroma tastes like a campfire. I could also taste some toffee and caramel notes. It does pour a nice clear amber. I would have never guessed the ABV, very subtle. Overall I just did not think it was well blended, the smokiness was overpowering.
poisoneddwarf (2249) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Aroma is not smoky enough. There’s a hint, but it could be more forceful. When I buy a smoked beer, I want something that smells and tastes like a campfire, dammit. Other than that, there’s caramel, bread. Pours clear copper with a medium beige lacy head with decent retention. The smoke comes through a lot better in the taste, although it’s still not as prominent as the best examples of the style. There are also some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation soft, body medium to almost full. A good brew but I was hoping it would smoke my balls off.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour with a very thick tan head that recedes to a thick lasting cap. Aroma of sweet smoke and caramel malt. Lots of thick, broken lacing. Tastes pretty much like the aroma - smoke and sweet caramel. Smooth a drinkable, smoke is not over bearing, which I like. Another Very good offering from the small batch series.
MaBeer1972 (1755) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep clear amber with a good frothy tan head. A light smoky-malt aroma right off the bat. Flavor is not that smoky, but well rounded with lots of deep malts and good hoppy balance. Bittering on the backside. Very complex more with each sip. Slightly smoky, but not overpowering finish. Good effort from SA
EvanFriend (474) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like any other dopplebock, no noticable smoke notes. Tastes like smoked gouda cheese. This is better than I expected from Sam Adams, but Schlenkerla still sets the standard for Rauchbier.