Butters (3746) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear brown pour with reddish highlights and ample light tan head. Smells pleasantly peaty, earthy, light smoke, some ham. Gets even better as it warms. Flavor is not quite as smokey, but more on the good side of classic bock style. Dark plum, malt heavy, earthy, raisin. good velvety mouthfeel. If this thing was more smoked, I would fall in love here, but its not as good as echt shlenkerla. But this is a top notch brew for sure.
drjay44 (2608) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Batch one.Pours a thick, lasting ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear copper brown (SRM 17) body....nose is light smoke, toffee/caramel, hints of brown sugar....taste is light smoke, toffee/caramel, cereal, finishing, with a light hop bitterness, heavy sweetness throughout....mouth feel medium to heavy, slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is an interesting experiment, a cross between a Rauchbier and a Doppelbock. The smoke is very light for a Rauchbier with no hints or tones of bacon, but adds a nice balance to the very sweet malt complexity of the Doppelbock. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7
DalzAle (1975) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark caramel colored pour, almost no carbonation and a lightly smoky aroma. Flavor is nice caramel malt backbone, medium amount of balanced sweetness and just the right amount of smoke on the finish. Solid, I’d definitely pick this up again.
brenn79 (1501) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a two to three off white cream colored head that is reducing. The aroma is similar to a rauchbier, meaty, BBQ, malty, mildly spicy. The taste is caramel, toffee, meaty, alcohol burn, smoked barbeque, very smooth. Body and carbonation is medium. Interesting beer, better than the Dark Depths I think.
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is definitely that of a smoked beer. I get a ton of meaty BBQ-like smoke, as well as a little bit of roasted malt. The flavor follows suit. There are a lot of burnt malts, as well as as good dose of smoke and a little bit of sweetness from the toffee or caramel malt. Still, this beer is all about the smoke and it definitely delivers on that front. I don’t get any alcohol, which is surprising since the beer is nearly 10 percent. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark amber with thick beige head. Aroma is filled with Smokey sweet toasty maltiness. Flavor is much the same with a great alcohol spice cutting through the sweet malt. Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, very solid brew!
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper color with a foamy tan head. The aroma is smokey with hints of toffee and burnt coffee. The body is rich an malty an the flavor is smokey with a hint of caramel.
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Very dark copper pour with a frothy off-white head that leaves lots of thick lacing. Aroma of smoked meat and a freshly opened pack of band-aids. Flavor is fresh and chewy. Pick up some canned smoked fish with a date and raisin back end. Smoke flavor sits well and complements the sweet bock flavor rather than overwhelming it. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. Well done.
malrubius (1677) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with nice dense head. Smoky yeasty aroma with some alcohol. Smoky very sweet caramel and fruit woody ashy with slightly medicinal alcoholic bitter finish. Sticky cloying. Pretty much a mess. They might want to try the Fort Collins version.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz. from Bootleggers) Rusty-red brown-amber with a very tall khaki head that recedes to a thick lasting cap in my willibecher. Aroma of sweet smoke and caramel. Mouthfeel full and beefy. Lots of thick, broken lacing. Tastes pretty much like the aroma - smoke and sweet caramel. Very nice - not as intense or perfect as a Schlenkerla Urbock, say, but a very tasty and balanced rauchbier I hope SA keeps around.