BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Urge Gastropub. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, raisins and plums, smoke malt, vanilla, roast and chocolate malt. Flavor is sweet malt, smoked meat, dark fruits, oak and bourbon, vanilla and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brian. Smoking Wood The Bruery 14%
A pitch black pour with a tan beer, smokey caramel some rye earthiness with a hefty dose of bourbon. The taste is fantastically well blended bourbon, smoke & rye. Really nice smokey goodness.
GenDV138 (2579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 750 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of bourbon, peat, smoke, dark chocolate fudge. Tastes of bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, light booze, light smoke, slight dark fruit. Full body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Low carbonation. Like this a bit more than the rye whiskey version.
nilsas (1947) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lukt: Duft av røyk, bek, lakris, sjokolade og vamilje.
Utseende: Dyp sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Ingen skum.
Smak: Smak av røyk, lakris, sjokolade, vanilje og litt alkohol.
Hvor: Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting hos Bryne
Medium: Flaske@750ml, ABV@14%, Når@02.01.2015
esp0r (2167) - NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed early in the year of 2015, bought at Vika, shared with Simonsen and Carsten
Pours pitch black with a dense brown head. Smell of tar, roast, toast, harbour, salt sea water, islay whisky and coffee. Indeed very complex. Heavy sweet, liquorice, tar, more islay whisky flavors like harbour, peat and smoke, burnt wood and coffee. Ends with a moderate bitter finish. This is just exquisite stuff. Fantastic smoke and whisky flavors and aromas. Just try it! First rate of 2015.... wonder if any beer can challenge this
MrDick (350) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s a LOT going on in this beer. Smoke, spices, bourbon, and dark chocolate nibs. A mouthful of sass.
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starting off the New Year strong. Pours a black color with coffee colored head. Aroma of booze and booze. Then smoke, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Light sweet caramel wood spice with a boozy bite. Dry dark fruit and chocolate notes on backend. Smoke throughout. Spice lingers. Very close to a stout. Tasty brew. Big big beer.
Bacterial (1878) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black pour with no head. Sweet bourbon nose. Great taste, thick mouthfeel. Smoke is there but works with the malt, oak and bourbon really well.
skmikeg (1113) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a one finger khaki head with nice lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, smoked oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet malts, and some light booze. Taste is about the same as the aroma with a little more booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi warming, semi bitter, long, slightly hot finish. Overall, a tasty, complex smoked that shows off bourbon and smoked wood notes nicely.
Hammy78 (817) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with my brother and brother in-law. Pours opaque, thin off white khaki head that recedes to a ring. No lacing. Nose is bourbon and spicy, vanilla and mainly smoke. Tastes sweet, malty, vanilla, boxy, bourbon, hot, spice and smoky, but so well balanced. I’don’t like smoke beers but this is really good.