JustinKudo (4) - - MAR 3, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very rich and heavy beer; was surprised that this vintage has such a high ABV. Opened a bottle for a friend who insisted he had never had a good smokey beer. Notes of caramel and chocolate, but most powerfully smokey with some sweetness. One of the best smoked beers I’ve ever had. The alcohol content and richness balances what would otherwise be overwhelming smokiness.
tectactoe (2180) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Black as hell, oily & dense with not much head formation... Small tan ring, nearly gone in a few moments. Aroma of smoked & cured meats, mild bacon, woody campfire char, a hint of maple syrup, ash, & some spicy oak notes. Very small hint of anise hidden in there, too. Flavor has lots of smoke, too, pretty sweet as well with a little bit of chocolate & maple popping through. Campfire wood, smoke, a hint of salty meat. Very roasty with some ash & char in the finish. A touch of spicy rye notes & booziness, but balanced well with the dark & sweet malts.
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8 ounce goblet - $9.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Inky black body topped with a thin beige head that dissolves into a ring.
Smell: Gobs of malty notes on the nose, from smoky molasses to rich chocolate to dark roasted coffee to brown sugar. Stewed fruits. Prominent barrel accents.
Taste: Heavy, plush, tongue-coating maltiness expressing flavors of roasty-toned espresso, dark chocolate ganache followed by a burst of sugary sweetness and piquant rye. Light vanilla, light smokiness. Dark fruitiness, a snippet of black licorice. Great rye whiskey character throughout. Smooth, sweet, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Near full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming throughout without being sharply boozy.
Overall: Quite good overall and graciously potent, I found the eight ounces provided was more than ample even at a slow-sipped pace.
Johnsense (842) - - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Blac pour, thin layer of head. Big smoke and rye aroma. The s oke is bit biput not overwhelming. Oak, Rye whisky, roasted malts. Medium body.
markextrae (1205) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared vintage 2011 bottle with a friend. poured a dark black colour with a big tanned head. more smoke malts in the nose as i was expecting. chocolate, oak, smoke, maybe a small peat hint of the smoke, vanilla, ash, rye, barrel, whisky spice, licorice, soy sauce, it has a real spicy aftertaste of the barrel. i’m not a huge fan of smoked beers. but this is pretty unique.
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown almost black pour with a small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is smokey malts, oak, rye whiskey, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is super smokey. Tons of oak, smoked malts, and rye whiskey notes. Abv is very well hidden. Pricey but this was delicious.
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, and smoke. The flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and some smoke. This is very sweet and boozy over smoky. Palate is thick and boozy. Overall nice beer in small amounts.
YogiBeera (2486) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep burnt sienna , like molasses. No head. Charcoal wood nose. Intense. Thick and silky chocolate berry taste. Smoked finish building up.
pivo (2578) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
No head. Looks like flat Coke. Big thick middle made of sweet molasses. Light smokey taste. Overall an awesome beer.
Beerman6686 (4591) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of lots of smoke, whiskey, and dark chocolate and roast. Flavor was heavy smoked mats, good but of whiskey and chocolate. Good, but sweeter and hotter than the bourbon one.
LeRoytheAlien (26) - - OCT 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish-brown just shy of black, aroma is whiskey, alcohol, and smioke, taste uis the same. Finish is lingering mesquite barbecue. Incredible.