Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample from bottle at a tasting at Binny’s. Brown with a reddish ruddiness. Remarkable aroma of guess what? Rye and a salty ham! Flavor also quite clearly recalled this... Malt, hops, smoked oak? sure, but damn! Ham and rye! I had only a litte of this, but definitely will try again if the opportunity comes.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
#500. Draft @ FFF: How can you pass this up on draft? Did you pass it up because you were scared? Shame on you. Pours an amber brown with a salty aroma that is more chartucerie than Subway. First sip is a twist of sweetness and then fades into a smoky black forest ham, then to Kraft Singles (the real ones, not the FMV ones made with vegetable oil). Rye malts come through in the finish. Check your teeth. Willy Wonka would be proud. Besides, I’m all about a beer brewed out of hate.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light brown with no head. Aroma of smoke and some yeast. Flavor is smoky as one would assume, but has a decent sweet, yeasty balance. I expected the worst here and it was not bad at all.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(10/14/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Munster. Hazy amber. Aroma of smoked meat. Smoky flavor with some rye bread and malt. Medium-bodied.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pint at the brew pub. The aroma is ham and rye bread, big surprise there. Flavor is ham, rye, and cheese. Woah. I was burping this up all night, and every time I’d gag just a bit. It was alright while I was drinking it, but the more I think about it the more sick I get.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint at the brewpub. Thick, smoky aroma, very hammy, as the name indicates. Lovely body, very thick, with a nice smoke throughout. Not too complex, but I like it. Don’t think I could drink much more than 8oz though.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at FFF....medium amber brown pour with a thin film of soapy white head.... aroma of smoked meat and sweet grainy malt.... an apparent smoky flavor pervades but not too overdone. as the smoke character falls off, it becomes more sweet with a focus on the grainy malt. the sweetness of the malt takes over the smokiness which is too bad. still quite drinkable and a worthy try.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample poured on tap at the brewpub. This beer truly was interesting. Poured a nice amber hue, a touch darker in fact, with a decent whitish head that dissipates much. Aromas are.. well, ham. Lunch meat drawer, leftovers from Christmas dinner, etc. Smoky goodness. Although I’m not sure I could drink a lot of this, this beer is definitely really nifty. Ham, smoke, and rye are dominant, no real hop bitterness in the end. Very interesting. It really does taste like ham.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FFF. This was a huge surprise for me based on my general dislike of smoked beers. Pour was golden with a smallish off-white head. Ham. It’s the one and only thing you can think of when you smell it. The smoke and spiciness of an Easter ham are all right there in the glass. Taste is much more subtle than the aroma. The smokiness is still there, but is nicely balanced by the dry, bready rye. Finishes dry and smooth. Low carbo and a light mouthfeel. Awesome stuff.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 Sample, on tap at FFF Brewpub. This actually smells like ham...very odd. Strong rye taste, and the ham pursues through. Relatively smooth drinker, with slight carbonation. If ham on rye is your thing, this is a Must Have. It’s not really my thing, though; at least not in my beer.