thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of all foam finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent golden brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was smoky and woody. The thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong caramel malt soft smoky aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of Vienna malt and caramel. A wonderful best in class brew.
chinchill (1013) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle pours orange-red-amber with a large and very durable tan head.
Smokey aroma allows a fruity and malty base to come through. The flavor is more smokey, however, and ultimately, only the smokey flavor remain.
M: medium-full body with near perfect carbonation. Creamy smooth.
O; a bit too smokey for my taste, but certainly not over the top for a rauchbier.
trave916 (3) - mt.vernon, Maine, USA - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good, smoky beer. Taste of smoke and cinder is like sitting by a fire pit enjoying a cool fall afternoon. Stronger than most at near 10% is a good kick. Not much head but that doesnt take away from it at all. Caramel, toast, coffee, roasty, basement aromas, smoke
hondajunkie (76) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with a thick off-white head.
Aromas of malt & smoke come to the fore.
Mouthfeel is creamy & smooth with light carbonation.
Malty taste with smoke coming through without being too overpowering,nice balance of the two.
Light bitterness on the finish with alcohol burn down the hatch after a few minutes.
Good brew,worth seeking out again.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle... Clear copper lager with a large, pillowy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is an intermingling of campfire smoke, singed caramel, tawny port and medium sherry. Full-bodied and mega creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is caramely and smoky, but also harsh and medicinal. Lightly smoky, cough syrup finish. Everything is nice except the flavor, and at the end of the day, it’s all about the flavor.
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of smoke, toffee, and citrus. Smoke flavor with caramel, toffee, and citrus flavor. Creamy body. Really nice beer.
Beerenberger (1108) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smokey aroma with a hint of malt. Pours a cloudy tea color with a mostly diminishing white head. The taste follows the nose - a nice smokey flavor, but not overpoweringly so, with a note sweet malt. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, while good, I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time.
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bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich amber. Bold, thick almost syrup like palate. Not much rauch about it. More a bold imperial amber. That said was good drinking...
twindog (244) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 very nice release from SA
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a tall, long lasting off-white head.
Light malt aroma.
The flavor is sweet and malty, much more here than in the aroma. The smoke is much too subtle here IMO.
Good Bock in any case.