GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Aaron for this 12oz bottle.
Pours dark, dark chestnut brown with hints of ruby around the edges. The head is small and leaves a thin collar throughout.
Aroma is really inviting with smoked malts mixing with caramel, peat and some hickory. It’s definitely got some molasses sweetness that balances out the smoke.
The taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma as the smoke starts to take on a bitter character that’s not wholly unpleasant but it’s not as well integrated as the nose. There is a more prominent scotch/peat kick up front with the sweetness not really balancing things as well as I was hoping.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with nice, soft carbonation.
Te nose on this beer really had me excited but the taste didn’t live up to the expectations. I’m a big smoked beer fan and I like this one...would have been a fantastic beer if the taste matched the nose.
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown coloured body with a lighter amber brown tint near the top when held up to a light - with a thin light brown-head. Aroma of rubbing alcohol, smoked peat, smoked nuts and smoked salmon with a touch of Worcestershire sauce as well. Medium-bodied; Pungent smokey flavour with a lot of meaty and mushroomy earthiness with a little sweetness, a lot of roastiness and more alcohol and smokey flavour at the end - potent. Aftertaste is quite complex with the smoke, alcohol and roastiness coming strong afterwards, with the strongest in the smoke flavour. Overall, a nice smoked beer with a lot of complexity and a pungent flavour. Great if you like the style and a bit too much smoke if you like it a bit lighter. I sampled this 341 mL bottle purchased from Marche des Saveurs in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 04-December-2010 sampled at home a few hours before leaving for Montreal again, in Washington on 27-June-2011.
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Arch and glouglouburp. Pours black. Brown head. Nose of smoke, BBQ pork, ash pit, roast chocolate malt and vanilla beans and coffee. Taste is smoke, chalky ash, BBQ pit, chocolate and roast coffee. Body on the thinner side. Tasty.
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown body covered by a beige foamy head. Full smoky tornado smells wrap a note of floral hops. After the massive burned oak taste, this fully achieved beer shows great balance of nuts, spruce and butterscotch. You also have the impression of drinking salted sea air. A "digne successeur " of Calumet Grand Chef.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is powerful smoke and charred wood. Wow! Taste is smokey, charred wood and roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium. Not bad.
drougkolya (275) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bière de type fumée de 8.6% d’alcool, peu mousseuse, pétillante, bonne saveur de houblon.
GarnotingPete (740) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière noire avec très peu de col, qu’on entrevoit de couleur moka. Des arômes intensément fumés aux notes de café et de pain brûlé. L’amertûme complète très bien cette bouffée d’arômes. Ronde en bouche, d’effervescence légère avec une texture huileuse. Elle laisse une longue fin intensément arômatique.
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Acheté au Brouehaha. Excellente bière. Dans cette catégorie, je préfère encore la Calumet.
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This smoked beer pours dark chestnut brown with a nice caramel head on top. The aroma is pure smoked wood form the malts - great like a campfire. The flavor is awesome - again smoked wood on a perfect body - very nice Canadia.
tielord (49) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 341ml, April 12th.
Dark brown beer with small tan head. Nose of smoke malt, wood and subtle aroma of licorice. Mouth mix of smoked malt, alcohol. Aftertaste of smoke, wood. Very nice smoke beer. (Rating # 12)