thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) ruby-brown pour with a ring of tan bubbles. Nose of smoke, maple, woody and fire. Taste of smoke, maple, mesquite, heavy wood oils, lemon, and wood varnish. Very weird combo, and I didn’t really care for it. Medicinal and alcohol linger. Not a very good beer in general, and one of my least favorite from The Bruery.
Cavie (3549) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish color with a tannish head. Bit of smoke on the nose. Some sweet notes. Flavor is smoky, peated malts, and roasted notes.
johnnnniee (1826) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent creamy tan head that displays good retention and lace. Smells of smoke right from the pop of the cap. Sweet caramel malt, roasted grains with maybe a hint of maple underneath the campfire. Taste is sweet with caramel malt and a only a hint of maple, but this one is pretty strong with the smokey phenolic. A touch of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol show themselves in the sip especially as she warms. Medium to thick body, light carbonation with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew, but really not all that interesting. I find it quite heavy on the smoke and that turns me off a bit. Maybe with some age this one will open up a bit.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 750ml bottle. Poured a dark copper color with a light tan head. Aroma was very earthy, like wet dirt, notes of smoke. Flavor was a earthy malt one, with not really much maple to be found surprisingly. A very neat beer.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 9/2/2011, This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color with nice reddish highlights from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized beige head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is maple, caramel, touch of oak and sweet. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, sweet and caramel. The hops are earthy and herbal. Nicely balanced. Very smooth tasting. The maple, oak, and brown sugar are all in play here. There are also hints of raisins, wood, chocolate and vanilla. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
jtclockwork (6229) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to generous trader. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of smoked wood, vanilla, maple and chocolate. Lots of smoke. Medium body.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Siptemberfest. Pours opague brown with a small beige head. Decent retention, at least as best as one can tell with a 4oz sample. Smoky maple aroma with touches of chocolate, vanilla and wood. Flavor follows suit. Love how no one flavor overpowers another. Medium bodied.
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark with a nice khaki head. Aroma is maple, smoke, roasted malts and caramel. Flavor is maple, roasted malts, caramel and smoke. Medium bodied and light carbonation.
Barreras (750) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark black color with a smoked aroma. Taste is a strong smoked flavor with a hint of maple syrup sweetness. This beer seemed easier and more flavorful as it warmed. Overall a different tasting beer, that I’m glad i sampled.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Clear brown/amber pour, beige head. Smells mmm good, maple syrup, smoked bacon, pancakes, a good breakfast. Flavor is less enticing, maple, brown sugar, toasted bread, bitter hops, and a astringent metallic finish. This beer does not finish well.