dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage, draft. Pours very dark. Aroma is lovely: light smoke, prunes, plums, chocolate, whiskey. Deep and complex, no alcohol. Taste is smooth and round dark chocolate mousse, oak, smoke, berry-like fruitiness. Age as been kind to this one. Impressive.
solidfunk (5996) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well balanced smoke but not a huge amount of body here. Pours black with good head and lacing with small mocha tint. A little burnt on the initial taste. Chocolate, finishes bitter. Tap takeover at Churchkey.
GenDV138 (4123) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 ounces on draft at ChurchKey during the SAVOR Surly event. Pours a dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of smoke, tobacco, chocolate. Tasting notes of smoke, roast, malts, tobacco, light chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry finish.
Habanero (3440) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown nearly black with an average, tan
head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, vanilla, wood and caramel.
Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes. An excellent brew.
lusikka (7622) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of smoked wood, grass and malts. Flavour of smoked malts, tart-ish wooden notes, mild bitterness and cream. Medium bodied and a bone dry mouthfeel. Dry, malty, toasted finish. Good.
tiong (5407) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen
Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of wood, oak, ash, mild smoke and roastiness. Taste is sweet, syrupy and woody with some oak, vanilla and smoke. Finish is sweet, stuffy and mildly smoky with some woody syrupy notes. Okay a bit unbalanced
olio (8206) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Smoky and malty aroma, mild wooden notes also. smoky and malty flavor also, some fruity notes with hay on the finish. Decent.
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends. Aroma is rather light with some toffee and slight smoky tones. Flavour has toffee, smoke notes, some grilled meat and sweetish tones. Like Schlenkerla Urbock, but not that smoky. And like urbock, this becames somewhat sticky after some sips, which reduces drinkability.
Niko100 (2392) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, dark chocolate, & campfire; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, hops, and dark chocolate; Quite good.
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle based on the stamp in the wax; 8.2% ABV. Some rust along cap, but there was a hiss when it opened.
Aroma has a moderate smoke character, but ii is not completely overwhelming. Light chocolate character is noticeable with some faint dark fruit character.
Pours dark brown, almost black but not quite completely opaque along the edges. Fairly large, moderately thick, light mocha head that exhibits pretty good retention. Light lacing and fairly small legs.
Flavor has a nice sweetness that goes well with the moderate chocolate notes that are upfront. Light roast mid palate helps welcome in a medium light smoke character that lingers a bit in the finish with some dark chocolate. Light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and fig along with some faint dark caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and has a nice silky, creaminess to it. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice smoked beer that has aged surprisingly well. The smoke character doesn’t overwhelm the underlying beer so the rich chocolate notes, dark fruit and caramel have a chance to show through.