Davros (2191) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber with a dismal head.
Smells like Heineken - loads of grassy Euro hops. Too grassy, almost skunky. No smoke whatsoever, although there is a woody note, almost peaty.
Same story with the taste, this could pass as a grassy, pale lager. The only interesting point is that same faint woody hint.
Very watery, too much carbonation.
GregClow (2950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at The Monk’s Table. Here is what I wrote about the original 7.3% version a few years ago: "Label says "red ale", but it’s more of a bright gold with a reddish tinge and a good sized white head. Aroma is quite sweet and malty, perhaps a hint of smoke, but it could be that I’m imagining it because I’m expecting it to be there. Flavour is quite sweet, dried fruit and caramel, with whisky-like warm alcohol coming through as it warms. I’m back and forth on this one - it’s OK for what it is, but it’s not something I would want to drink very often." Aside from the bit about "whisky-like warm alcohol coming through as it warms", my notes and thoughts for this new version are very similar.
TaxiDriver (1487) - Stadland, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. The aroma is quite malty, light sour and a strong smell if bread. The head is small, fizzy and white, fast disappearing. The body is dark orange. The taste is first quite malty, but it is not long lasting. The body is medium strong, creamy and with a soft carbonation.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours golden orange, almost bronze, with a short white head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is very light and only has the faintest suggestion of smokiness as well as hints of biscuity malt, caramel and nuts. Flavour has a slightly stronger whisky presence but it is still pretty mild and other notes of malt, wood and caramel. Light body, thin mouthfeel and a short bitter finish. This is a pretty ordinary beer, drinkable but not particularly memorable.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml. Interesting beer. Aromas of malty caramel, spices, and some smokiness. Flavour is sweet, with average duration. Watery in the palate, and thin-medium body. Dark yellow in the glass, bubbly, with a frothy head that lasts long.
rosenbergh (8014) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
330 ml bottle. From Lübeck, Germany.
Clear copper colour with small white head. Caramel and chocolate aroma, quite artificial though. Some burned malts too. Mild burned (smoked) malty aroma with caramel and chocolate. Not really a good one.
Suttree (5393) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brownish orange, decent off-white head. Medicinal, slightly skinky, slightly smoky aroma. Flavor is bad, frankly. Medicinal and skunky, with only a bit of smoke.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Copper. Foamy, lasting head. Aroma: Smoked-burnt grains. Flavor: Same, malty. Dry, burnt finish. I have had better
Smoked beers. It was as though the brewers read the reviews and responded to the extreme... they burned thier beer instead of smoking it.
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma is very malty, caramelly and corn flakes. Orange hued light amber with a wispy cumulus head that clings in a bubbluy ring to the glass, no lasting lacing. Not a lot to this, a bit watery with a very grainy somewhat sweet malt. Lingers with a sweetness in the mouth, medium bodied.
trapez (1534) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Reddish amber colour with white head. Malt and wood aroma. Malt and caramel flavour. The whiskey is too discrete.The smoke seems to have vanished.