Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Happy Gnome. Pours black, thin tan head, spotty to poor lacing. Nose is smoke, bacon, roast, sweetness is vanilla? Coconut? Flavours of smoked salt, toasty coconut, fudge, ink. Lovely stuff!
Japalo (1699) - DENMARK - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@CBC. Black tar small head. Smokey notes dominates. Mouthfeel so light for an high alcohol brew. Some grassy hoppy bitter finish. Great.
Nische (1696) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are salt, smoke, liquorice, and roasted malt - with a slightly bitter finish.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 08. Cedar Smoke Version. Solid beer. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smokey tobacco aroma, chocolate, roasted malt. Good flavor. Surly always seems to have solid stuff.
Bule (1678) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle of 2015 release. Pours a black color with a bit of head. Lots of smokey flavor that overpowers at first. Needs some time to breathe. Nice balance of smoke and hops.
Nocturne (1674) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Black with a thin ring of brown head. Aroma of bacon-like smokiness. Strong, malty, molasses-like taste. Smoke doesn’t dominate but fills in around the edges. Sweet and sugary to some extent. Undercurrent of blackcurrant fruitiness. Certainly one of the better smoked beers I’ve had.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled with Ryan, Ray, Chris, et al. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Nose of roasted malt, smoke, mild chocolate. Medium body. A little sweet with moderate smoke.
Westchesterco (1664) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
toast, earthy, coffee, Dark brown , medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, long finish, bitter,
ineedbeer (1607) - 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.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; thanks Mike!! Pours clear, dense black with trace tan head; candy roast with mild aromas of sweet smoked malt; chewy roast with thinnish texture; silky smooth mouthfeel; lagery sweet with candy malts and rich smoke; strong and sweet with tons of chocolate candy; the level of sweetness is so high that a little more texture and body would go a long way for me in terms of rounding it out; pretty damn tasty though