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...
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of smoked malts, some roast, oak and vanilla, some light dough, notes of chocolate and coffee, and some light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average to smoother texture. A solid beer for sure.
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"An aggressively sour ale. Light in body, prickly. Berries, vinegar and oak are the main players in both aroma and flavor. Some lemony funk in the flavor as well. Really nice brew."
mnredsoxfan69 (4) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one magnificent lager. The smoked malts dominate this sucker without tasting burnt. It’s black and thick like a good Baltic porter with a tall tan head. The aroma and the taste mingle perfectly.
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to largadeer for opening this at the post-post-RS party tasting. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a taster glass.
A - Pours black with a very tiny mocha colored head leaving no lacing at all down the glass.
S - Good amount of roasted malts up front but the smoke is not far behind. Some nice chocolate and vanilla sweetness comes thru as the smokey darkness begins to let up. Just o.k. really.
T - Plenty of dark roasted malts in this one. A nice mix of chocolate and coffee flavors starts to break thru once the smokey malt dies down a bit. The smoke is quite pronounced as you might expect and never really leaves the party. Not too bad but nothing mind blowing here.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavors with moderately low carbonation. A bit light in the feel with tons of lingering smokey dark roast in the finish.
D - Decent stuff. I enjoy porters quite a bit but this one was just too smokey to really enjoy. I could drink one of these but that is about it.
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bubbly burnt umber color with a finger or two of khaki foam. Nose is a mix of light cocoa dust, vanilla, some dark fruit and smoked malts. Palate follows with nice layers of oak character that mingles nicely with smoked malts and the base cocoa flavors. Nice roast character and well balanced.
baraciisch (2006) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color... Aroma of smoked malts, oak, sausage... Flavor is incredibly smooth, light mouthfeel, but big smokey flavor with big notes of oak, candi sugar, tobacco, leather... Great beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ricoslim (116) - - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had thanks to my boy Weasel. Nice dark thick color. Aroma and taste dominated of smokey bbq tones. If you like smokey beers I recommend giving it a try. Best way to describe this is drinking a nice rub off a rack of ribs.
berntholer (1052) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beige head disappears quickly without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is smoke, leather, coffee, candysugar, booozy. taste like aroma with long coffeebitter finish. medium body, quite carbonated. very nice balance and complexity. lovely! bottle 65 cl
Inbreak (2401) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
06.06.2014, 0,65l bottle (2013 vintage, bottle #1363) @ home:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is lightly smoked dark malts, hay, shed, smoked ham, licorice, grass, hints of unripe banana. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, sugar, shed, smoked ham, hay, grass, grain, hints of licorice and coffee. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.
SHIG (3637) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Culmination Fest: Poured a black with tan head. Aroma was very smokey. Taste was weird mix of smoke and roasted malts.