BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged bottle. Pours a deep murky brown with a tan head. The aroma is sweet smoke, plums, chocolate; very complex and exciting. The smoked malt and maple play very well in this beer. I enjoyed every sip.
Enjoyit (3669) - Vadum, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sour&bitter. Deep brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of smoke, sweets and liqurice. A flavor of smoke, sweets and liqurice.
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle aged a few years now. Pours a dark brown color with hints of red at the edges and topped by a thin khaki colored colored head that quickly fades to a thin film that leaves streaks of lace on the glass. The aroma shows notes of smokey meat and smoked malt to go with notes of toasted caramel, oak laden vanilla, and maple syrup. I was hoping for more maple syrup, but the smoke tends to over power it. The flavor follows suit with more toasted oak, caramel, maple syrup, and smoked meat. Notes of oaky vanilla and smoke adds more depth and balances things out. Nearly full bodied with average carbonation that leads to a lengthy smokey finish. The flavor is showing some signs of oxidation and the maple syrup isn’t as prevalent as I would have hoped. Still a very tasty beer with nice levels
of smoke that hides the alcohol well. This has still held up well and I enjoyed it.
ineedbeer (1366) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Aroma has lots of malt notes. Tons of dark caramel and toffee with a bit of a tootsie roll character. Light maple and burnt sugar notes. Faint oak and alcohol spice. Hints of tobacco, leather and medium light smoke. Pours dark brown with some burnt amber hues and a small, moderately thick, dark tan head that recedes to a thin film, thicker on the edges that seems to linger. Medium light lacing and legs. Flavor has a moderate sweetness with a lot of dark caramel and toffee. Lighter burnt sugar and maple syrup notes. Faint oak notes with hints of vanilla. Light tobacco and leather with medium light smoke and hints of ash. Medium bitterness and hints of alcohol spice. Some light oxidation is presenting itself. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, not the most impressive beer from these breweries. The malt character turned out a bit too dark and astringent and masks some of the sweet maple syrup that should be more prevalent. Good, but not great and also past its prime. The smoked character also doesn’t seem to help the beer.
slowrunner77 (7854) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"seems like the smoke character comes out more in the aroma and flavor with a little age. maple and smoke are a nice touch, everything else takes a bac seat. sweet flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, maple and smoke. medium bodied, full flavored."
merc7186 (2706) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Smokey Malts, Mild Pancake Syrup, Mild Burnt Bread
Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Almost Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Burnt Malts, Mild Syrup
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Smokey
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Backlog) Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Sweet maple, some smokey malt aromas. Vanilla, light sweet maple, oak and smoke flavors.
Cory (372) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice light earthy malts, some almond with a little spice behind it. I didn’t really get the maple but others i shared the bottle with did. Held up pretty good but wasn’t really my thing to begin with.
czar (6189) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by fred82, thanks dude. pours unclear dark brown reddish with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. smoked malts - not overdone - and spicy nutty caramel maltiness, woodsy and spicy, slightly garbagy, grassy. moderate carbonation, light body - quite light for its abv, probably over-attenuated with the use of maple syrup, as fred suggested, grassy-spicy and lightly astringent finish. linear malt bill - fair amount of caramel. and maple doesn’t quite add anything to the brew if not a lighter body. still.. enjoyable.
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. Thx Fred82 bro/dude/dawg.
Pours very dark burgundy. Low-medium beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of smoke, spices, sugar, caramel, "winter spices". Taste is of smoke, spices, fruits, maple syrup, caramel, "winter spices". Palate: Medium-full bodied. Just slightly sticky. Overall: Not overly complex. Good, but not really outstanding. I’m glad this one ain’t sour.
djd07 (6612) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Stavros. Pours a dark brown with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong roast and smoke, wet biscuit. Thin mouthfeel with light maple and roast with nice smoke finish. Good but didnt hold up very well.