3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
mildly sweet glazed ham-like, but also wet cigarettes ashes come to mind. strange finish, slightly brine-like, medium-light body, a bit chewy and a bit twangy and corn-like in the finish
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ brewpub. Nice copper hue but little head. Disappointing aroma! Hardly any smoke at all! I would never had pegged this as a rauchbier if you held it up to my nose. The flavors come across slightly sulfuric, and then becomes bandaidy. I wonder if they are using peated malt instead of the Weyerman-like smoked malt? Well, I’m warming up to it gradually as the flavors are peaty but the smoke character is not supported by big enough or sweet enough, or simply enough malts. So it comes across as thin and vegetal rather than rich and smoky. I had high hopes. Boo.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden amber - no head. Only a hint of smoke, maybe some caramel on the nose. Quite toasty - smoky on the palate. A little thin, lacking sugars, typical of an American-made German style. The smoke is nice, but it needs help all-round.