darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a growler courtesy Beerlando. Pours dark brown, the nose on this is amazing, smells like smoked bacon, underlying notes of coffee. This is a much better smoke beer than any other I have had, its more like smoked meat, not at all acrid. Lovely notes of chocolate and coffee underneath. This seems like it may be fairly strong in alcohol as it doesn’t feel thin at all. Guessing 7.5 or 8%. Guess we will never know. Amazing brew!
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of Beerlando.I love the nose on this.Liquid smoked meat in a bottle, how can u go wrong?The flavor was full smoked meat, not the usual campfire smoke.Lots of flavor here, pretty solid brew.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate brown color with a virtually black center. A frothy, mocha colored head leaves micro-spot lacing behind. The aroma is bold up front, strong smoked malts and peat coming through first. Chocolate, dark caramel, and oaky vanilla follow, with figs, raisin, and earthy spice emerging towards the end. Flavors follow suit, very chocolaty, with heaps of burnt caramel and vanilla. Smoked peat and hints of salty meat permeate throughout. Figs, raisins, and even hints of cherries separate this one as a Baltic, for sure. Medium-plus on the tongue, with balanced carbonation, a silky mouthfeel, and a semi-dry finish, a little more body would b nice. This reminds me of Left Hand Smokejumper, only a bit more fruity and slightly less substantial in body. Very nice brew.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from growler shared by Beerlando at Redlight Redlight. Wow. Aroma was fire and peat! Flavor was a bit like a smoked honey ham drizzled with chocolate.... Very unique on my tongue. Cant decide yet if I am a fan!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, courtesy beerlando. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Pretty big smoke and peat are noticeable right up front as expected, but it wasnt overwhelming. Had some roasted malts, and coffee flavors mixed in with the smoke to formulate its flavor character. Nice smoked brew, not in your face peat, but enough to make its presence known and blend with the other characters. I liked it.
tmoreau (3624) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, Il. Tall chalice served. Black/brown with a creamy, tan head that diminished quickly, and good lacing. Light notes of dark fruit, malt sweetness, and a wisp of smoke in the aroma. Flavor also retained the pleasant sweetness, playing off burnt coffee, and light smoke notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and finished with a subtle dryness.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black with a mild tan head. thick moutfeel and low carbontion. smokey nose, flavor of initial dark malts with a large smokeiness coming through followed by some chocolate notes. tough to drink due to smokiness but a great complex flavor
drubel2 (15) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Map Room - Bucktown, Chicago, IL. Very dark with a little brown head. Nose of smoke. Tasted exactly like smoked ham. Wonderfully coating mouth.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 On tap at The Map Room - Chicago, IL. Pours a deep ruby black-brown, with a tall inch of sparse brown foamed crested with a line of whitish creme. Rich porter-heavy roast-dominated twinge of smoke and malt. Light salts. Flavor is interesting. A somewhat thinnish porter gets a heavy blast of Bambergesque smoke up the rear end. Very industrial. Some heavier caramels settle in for a rusty adventure through the underbelly of a malt factory. Chewy on the backend. Light esters fromt the yeast brighten the corners. Not too phenolic. A nice, cool balanced smoky porter.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Blue Door. Pours charcoal black with a tan head. Smells and tastes of dijon mustard, mild smoke, and wood. Creamy for a smoked beer, but really balanced. Perfect for a hearty meal. This beer makes me miss Germany, bad.