czar (6203) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours unclear dark brown with a very nice reviving light beige cap, nice lacing. dark roasted spiciness, tasty burnt grass, red fruitiness, lots of raisins and other dried sweetened dark fruitiness, buttered pecans, some sweetness - molasses; tasty wood, spices, clean. light carbonation, medium body - oily, semi-sweet and spicy finish. layers of smoke in a complex raisin-y baltic porter. very good stuff!
JulienHuxley (4633) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Black pour with creamy white head. Aroma is nice and smoky, roasty, really nice balanced smokiness. Taste is nice and smoky, nice roasty flavor, somewhat rich, light molasses. Palate is med full bodied with good carbonation. Really nice.
AnokaBrewer (116) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good smoke beer, but missing the extreme smoke flavor of a Rauchbier from Bamberg. Smoke aroma that pours almost black with a nice tan head. sweet smoky flavor. sweet finish.
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light licorice, raisin, plum, fig, light char, light herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, wood smoke, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero estery yeast notes present. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome smoked Baltic porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Desverger (5043) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@CBC 2015, Red Session - pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted malty, slight burnt dark malty notes, with chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke, wooden nuances, nice.
NachlamSie (3060) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big wax sealed bottle of the 2015 vintage gifted to me by some awesome peeps. I have been trying to get my hands on this one for years and years. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I’m glad I got to drink down this bad boy. The pour is very dark with little ruby highlights and a long lasting khaki head. I wish there were more smoke in the aroma. The most prominent word on the label is "smoke" in all caps, so my expectations are for a heartily smoky beer. There are pleasant hints of dark fruits, chocolate, wood and far away cigars. The palate is robust, but not that huge considering the abv. Malty flavors dominate with timid fruity suggestions coming through. I don’t get a ton of oak, but it’s there. The chocolatey malt profile melds nicely with smoky undertones. Personal tastes in beer are obviously widely subjective and varied. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it’s clearly well crafted. That being said, if I were in charge at Surly I wouldn’t even put smoke on the label. I still like it though.
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, vanilla, dark fruits, and chocolate. Medium body, chocolate, strong malt presence, dark fruits, and nice smoke undertones. A very nicely done smoked beer.
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Black with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is smoked malt, biscuit, toffee, light charr.
Taste comprises light cocoa, smoke a little more intense than on the nose, smoked meat, spice, nutty.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid smoked number.
stouby (4149) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC 2015. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, smoke, dark fruits, caramel, coffee, chocolate, licorice with woody and vanilla notes). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium to full body.
VastActiv (4231) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150502. Colour is black with brownish small head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, some coffee and roasted malts.