drjay44 (3302) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, with some lacing, over a clear light slightly orange amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is spice, including bay leaf, allspice, hop spice, cereal, hints of pine, citrus, light smoke....taste is dry, with cereal, heavy spice tones, light smoke, finishing with a clean bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low with clean acid finish. This is a quite lightly smoked beer, especially when compared to a Rauschbier. The smoke adds hints of complexity to both aroma and taste, but the final bitterness, a combination of spice and hops is a bit harsh. BJCP 8/3/14/4/6
conway (2210) - - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear reddish gold with a thin white head. Aroma is saison yeast and a little smoke. Smoke instantly comes forward in the taste but quickly recedes to a supporting note. Typical saison yeast and malt with nice cherry notes supporting. Delicate mouthfeel with surprisingly light carb. Very unique.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is fruity yeast esters, straw, faint smoke, and apricots. Appearance is crystal clear orange with a thin white head. Taste is a bit more smoky than aroma. Notes of peppery spice, fruit esters, and some slight phenols. Some floral and herbal hops notes are present. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Overall pretty interesting. Shows good restraint on the smoke. ABV well hidden.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full draft pour at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a very light golden yellow color with a very small white head, dissipated quickly. Aroma was pretty mellow, some light citrus character, a very mild touch of smoke, but not very smoky. Flavor was citrus notes, some herbal notes to it. Smoke hits you on the finish more than anywhere else. Again, pretty light, which is how I like my smoked beers. Alcohol is hugely masked for being 10.5%.
vtafro (6248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange pour with white head. Cherry, smoke, wood and some yeast and spice aromas. Smoky and wood flavors dominate, some light spice and yeast tones.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing beer, amazingly classy move by a great brewery. Pours amber with a thick sourpy look, thin white head ring. Aroma is sweet, cherry and bark. Flavor is tart and sweet, alcohol and smoky malt.
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boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at pourhouse in Exton. Pours clear orange with a medium sized white head and tons of carbonation. The aroma has a nice blend of oaky, smoky character with a nice bit of the Saison funk and peppery notes. The taste is medium smoked, Nice peat and smoked wood dryness, a little stronger than the base beer but a solid smoker. The alcohol is well hidden but present. A bit warming.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Muddled blob of lightly smoked earthy grainy dough, soft pear. Big for no apparent reason. Scroll past.
furthur (819) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pour, room temp. NO head, amber body. Smells of smoked peaches and goat. Taste is wow, crazy, so much overload. Peach, grapefruit, boozy, slightly smoky funky. Palate is rich, surprisingly thick, with fine carbonation. I can’t decide if I like this or not. Ok, cooler is better on this. Fruitier, smoker, spicier, less funky and boozy.
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the most original beer I’ve ever tasted. I didn’t read the background until I had tasted it, and had a difficult time placing the odd flavors. It has a pronounced smoked wood flavor with a unique sweet hop finish. I loved the totally unique imaginativeness of this beer. Cheers to Matt!