rougeau13 (1766) - Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby-amber with a moderate beige khaki head. Very light lacing. Aroma of smoked meat, caramel, and cheese. Aroma’s a bit mild for a smoked beer. The taste isn’t though; rich and meaty tasting with a surprising sugary caramel sweetness against a nice smoky backdrop. Very mild alcohol flavor. Medium-full bodied, very slightly dry, a little sticky, and carbonation just a bit on the light side. Good brew, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden, though the warmth says it’s definitely there.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby-brown with a slight thin off white ring. Aroma is so much caramel, sweet, toffee, barely perceptable smoke. Taste is so sweet, toffee, candy, caramel, whatever smoke is there is modest to say the least. It isn’t bad, but its not really a good smoked.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), with notes of marshmallow, smoke, dirt.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Well, hmmm. The smoke is on the mild side but certainly noticeable. Unfortunately there’s not too much else in the nose but sugary notes...caramel and marshmallow kinda thing. So it follows that the mouth experience would be very sweet...some bitterness rises in the finish to help out, but along with the big alcohol burn and syrupy texture, it’s difficult to drink much of it. Still pretty good for this brewery though.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of smoked meat, toffee, mint, and a hint of vanilla. It pours a transparent amber with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film and leaves some thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. The finish has light-moderate smoke and a hint of roast. It’s medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. A touch hazy, dark red orange appearance with a light brown head. Smoky meaty, rich malty, toasty caramel aroma. Creamy, quite sweet toffee malty, smoked ham flavor. Not excellent but not all that bad either.
wxman (1273) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear garnet/amber with a huge light tan head. Aroma is smoked gouda cheese. Taste is tongue-coating sweet toasted malt, smokey goodness, butteriness, and a little hop bitterness and alcohol. Has the characteristic caramel notes of a bock as well. Good stuff!
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, dark brown, very good head. Aroma has a very faint smokiness to it. Taste is a good amount of smoke with a bit of sweetness and malt behind it. The smoke is definitely in the front (and not one of my favorite styles, though I keep dabbling). Most of the smoke fades in the finish bringing a soft, toasted malt flavor through. The smoke returns a bit when you breath out through the nose after the finish.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber: Pours a clear copper with a large fluffy white head, aroma of bacon-y malts, starts and ends lightly sweet with a smokey ending, medium bodied with mellow carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
wlajwl (3322) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is BBQ smoke, malts and a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is smoke mixed with sweet malts, and the body is slightly syrupy. In flavor, up front the smoke dominated, although the doppelbock maltiness shone through in the finish.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a clear ruby amber with a thin white head. Very faint smoke, sweet yeast. Smooth, smokey, rich with smoke. Long smoke, chewy and dense, rich with malt and caramel. Very nice.