Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Secret Santa shared at the 21st Richmond Gathering, 11/1/14. Pours a hazy thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of strong smoke, caramel, leather, mild fruits. The taste is tart berries, smoke, peaches, caramel. Medium bodied, good balance. Nice beer.
Homer321 (2211) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewery. Dark brown to black in color. Large tan colored head. Aroma is bar b q and campfire. Not quite to the point of meat drippings and bacon like schlenkerla. Taste is similar with a complimentary chocolate component. Semisweet but not too heavy. Very nice.
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2014. Almost black. Well roasted malt and grain flavors; not sweet at all. Smoke in the aroma and the flavor; which is done reasonably well. Good.
obguthr (4167) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke, charred meat aroma. Mahogany, medium tan head. Smoke, meat, currants. Fizzy. Too tart, but nice smoke flavor and aroma.
tia (1023) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Dirty brown. Smoky rauchy. Taste follows. Not my favorite but not bad.
Travlr (13679) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown color. Aroma of boozy spiced cocoa. Taste is burnt toasted brownies.
jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is full of bacon, smoke, cocoa. Dark chocolate. Taste is full of smoke. Bacon. Some lemon spritz. Cocoa and earth. Full, rich. Medium body, soft carbonation. OK.
Aurelius (4443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hammy, rauchbier, slight creosote, roasted aroma. Inky brew, carpeting khaki head. Tangy creosote, moderate smoke, lightly sweet, some mineral notes. Medium heavy body, coffee and cigarette finish. Dilute cocoa stuff, mild fennel/anise/licorice. On tap, Proof Production Facility.
bigda83 (310) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown/red and a little hazy. Aroma is smoked wood, dark cherry, and nuts. Taste was pure smoke and hints of nut and chocolate. Not my favorite style and this was too smokey for me. A little lighter on that and it might have been ok. Medium to full body and filling so I split with a friend.
Cybercat (3571) - Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma had notes of smoky malt, roast coffee, molasses, and yeast. Smoky flavor has earthy, roast coffee, malty, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, yeasty and nutty notes. Texture is fizzy and fairly firm, leaving a smoky finish. Send up a smoke signal for one.