seymour (1254) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on tap at the 2012 Schlafly Hop In The City festival. It poured a nice clear, deep brown color with lasting beige foam. Faint malt, tangy hops, and fruity ale yeast esters. Struck me as a mild or brown ale, too thin and weak to call porter. The "smoke" aspect tasted artificial like that liquid smoke stuff they sell at the grocery store. Not a very good beer.
gregwilsonstl (857) - USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown. Very dominating smoked flavor. would pair well w cheese or gamey meats. Ok.
Narnad (1372) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color with a low off-white head. Aroma has a mild smokiness that comes through with a low dark fruity presence, mild chocolate and lots of hefty deep roasted presence. Flavor has a slight acidity from the smoke that reminds me of venison smoked sausage as opposed to the smoke/ash flavor you can seen in some beers. Light dark fruits adds some sweet notes late with a solid roasted malt bitterness at the finish. Beer has a modest body with fine, high carbonation that delivers the flavor and accents the slight acidic nature of the beer/smoke. From a guy who typically scoffs smoke beers, this was pretty damn good. Smoke is well integrated into the beer and the slight sweetness and strong roasted notes pare well with their smoke choice. This would be one of the best bottled smoke beers if it were offered up for sale.
Tmoney99 (9575) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy smoked malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smoked sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good smoked brew.
jandd1983 (1872) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a brown color with a light tan head. The aroma was smoke, roasted malt, and light coffee. The taste was lightly sweetened roasted malt, light chocolate, and smoke. It had a slight lingering smokey aftertaste.
crajun (802) - , Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
had 4 oz taster at the bridge with a few others - this fared well; couldn’t actually smell or taste the smoke (bar), but I liked this one - med mouthfeel and flavors of roast were there; would like to try a bottle or two of this.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Hop in the City 2010. Pours a cloudy brown with ruby tints and a small beige head. Aroma of smoked hickory, roasted barley malts, chocolate, pepper, and earth. Flavor of hickory-smoked pork, roasted barley malts, toasted brown sugar, light pepper, chocolate malts, and peat. Medium-bodied, with a smoky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Some of the people I came with thought this was too smoky, but I thought it was fairly dialed down. The palate has a lot of incongruent notes going on, but there are a lot of interesting flavors. I’d like to see this again on tap or in bottles sometime soon.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Heritage Beer Festival’10, labeled just "Smoked Beer." Pour is a clear medium brown color with a thin, but lasting head. The beer is all smoke, a bit too oily and slick on the mouthfeel for me though. I would like it more rounded and thicker. But the sweet, BBQ aspect is all over the place and I like it.
wxman (1270) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the Heritage Beer Festival, called "Smoked Beer". Pours a clear medium brown color with a thin, but lasting light tan head. Smoky aroma. More like a caramelly dark lager than an ale. Taste is sweet roasted malt along with liquid smoke.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried this at DLD. Pours very dark brown with a nicely formed light tan head. Aroma is very smoky with roast and chocolate and a slight meatiness. Flavor is also smoky with bacon and rubber flavors (which is not all bad). Some roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate as well. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.