beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served very cold in a tulip-like goblet at Muddy Pig: Plain glossy black. No head was present when served on any of my orders? I’m sure, perhaps at point of pour there may have been, but I saw none. A glare of oily residue coats the glass while flecks and specks of lace frantically stick about the surface.
Heavy, dark, aroma of deep dark fruity tanged fig, raisin, with a nice rounded black malt sweetness. Crisp and fresh smelling at first wiff. Only slight smoked ascents at first but it grows with a delicate and gradual nudge as it warms. Creating more smoked bacon tendencies as it goes as does a bit more roasted deepness.
Wonderfully broad deep flavors. Clean, invitingly deep, lasting flavors of all sorts of malts with caramel smoothness, black malt sweetness, roasted malt dryness, and smoked malt tangyness. Mildly figgy and raisin paste make for a nice quick tang of a dark fruity nature upfront. The smoked meat flavors are a near perfect match as it is never overpowering in any fashion. Its just a mild yet fulfillingly rich and well blended tone all across the palate. Notes of burnt rubarb pie, black cracked pepper, cocoa, and vanilla create nice little additional things among the smokey realm of its character. Lots of subtle layers and melding flavors in this one. A smoked crockpot of malts if you will. Nice!
Body is smooth, clean, and partially silky with a well handled tang of dark fruit and smoke. Tends to get slippery real quick as its medium body isn’t a thick monster of malt. Its quite casual and leads you easily into a lull of drinkin ease and great flavors.
The drinkability is outstanding! Ahhh, but here is where I think that term "Smoke" came from other then the obvious use of smoked malts. As its the ABV that renders itself like smoke from a fire smoldering in your head. It builds slowly at first, filling your head gradually with smoke, eventually, and before you know it your head is a blaze of swimming glee from the ABV. Wow, one sneaky fuckin beer! Watch out for this one, be sure to drink water to help slow the smoke. Whew...
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense smoked, bacon, savoury malts. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, off-white head. Light sweet. Smoked malts continue, bacon, lightly salty, toasted, dark malts, caramel, sweet, savoury finish, soft carbonation, full bodied. Outstanding Smoked, very intense, nice sweetness in palate. Keg at the brewery, Minneapolis.
csaso (2068) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - good size foamy head, black color, big BBQ smoke aroma that comes through moderately on the taste, mild roasty notes, mild Woody notes, pretty well balanced for a smoke beer, very good overall
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jc1762 (643) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap into a snifer showing pitch black with sparse white foam on the edges.
The nose first shows a lot of steel tank notes but eventually matures into light roasted malts then finishes with a very Islay peaty aroma (think swampy, smoked malt).
The palate is well carbonated and light bodied but creamy and well done. The flavor is very peaty and swampy. Tastes more akin to a whiskey than a beer but without the hard alcoholic bite. Still very good though. I would hesitate to buy a whole bottle unless it’s shared.
SG111 (1219) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the source. Pours black, small tan head. Aroma is smoke, wood, oak, chocolate, spot of licorice, roasted malt. Flavor is smoke, wood (oaky), chocolate. Some dark fruit. Nice.
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, almost black, pour. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and lacing.
Rich Rauchbier style nose that is world class. Bacon cooking over a campfire aroma with emphasis on the wood smoke. Subtle notes of roast, molasses and dark fruit lurk underneath. As it warms, a light licorice note mingles with the campfire.
Medium body that is smooth in texture and has nice creamy aspects in the finish. Superb carbonation that has an effervescent tingle in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is world class, rich in complexity and extremely well balanced. This balance is exemplified by smoke not dominating the palate as was the case in the nose. Rising to balance, is a rich sweet base that is heavy caramel with very subtle hints of bakers chocolate. The middle hints at bitterness, but serves as the smoke / caramel battleground. As the middle fades, plum, fig and raisin flavors separate. The finish is preceded by a light licorice note just before the aged oak aspect arrives. The finish is a slow fade of smoke, caramel, oak, and a hint of alcohol that delivers a drying finish with a hint of heat.
GreatDane1632 (1168) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap on St Patty’s Day at the brewery -- this is a great smoked beer. Great flavor subtle smoke, just great.
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy biter wonderfull smoked flavor. Creamy palate. Great stuff.
bursprak (2366) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Mikkeller bar, Aarhus. Blackish pour with a light tan head. Notes of smoke, campfire, caramel, dry wood, bitter chocolate and some light vanilla.
Klimaet (1742) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar Aarhus. Pours dark reddish black with a medium offwhite head. Aromas of smoke, malts, chocolate, tobacco, light tar. Taste is smoky, oaky sweetness, cocoa, sweet chocolate, malty, dry ashy finish.
llkc (1468) - århus, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
duft: røget chokolade kaffe mørk ristet malt.
smag: røget rosin dadler svesker tobak ristet lidt chokolade dyb og fylding