KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brew pub. Brownish color. Smell of rye, smoke, malt and spice. Taste of smoked meat, burnt leaves, rye, spice and malt. Not too strong nor too weak. Excellent smoked beer.
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 i was very apprehensive the first time i came across this. smoked flavor in beer is nothing new but ham? i dont know how they did it, but the ham is present not only in the flavor but also aroma and even mouthfeel! the palate is the real star here, slick, slimy and even a bit greasy like ham off the bone thats been resting in the fridge overnight. rye is upfront in the aroma and flavor but the smoked character isnt to rauchbier levels, its not subtle but its certainly tasteful and classy. beginning to end, one of the most unqiue and enjoyable beers ive ever sampled. had this in late spring 2008 and again that fall on tap at FFF.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 1/2/10. Live rate @ 3F. Orange amber with thin beige head smoke and ham nose. Ashy wood like embers of bonfire with meat roasting above it. Smooth creamy body Dry earthy wood with smoked ham and malts bitter earthy finish. Solid.
3/15/08 On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange brown with a tall off white head. Lots of easter ham in the nose with malt, and wood that’s been sitting out in the rain. A lot of the ham juices are in the flavor with a malt sweetness to balance it out. Smooth and sessionable with an earthiness and spiceness in the finish that must be from the rye. It would be easy to drink a couple of these. Well done guys. 8/4/7/3/15 = 3.7
9/27/08 I’m glad they had this on again, and I had a chance for a couple more pints of this. That nose is so robust of smoke, with wood, and a spicy ham off of the orange brown pour. The flavor doesn’t have the smoke, but it has the meat. Easter ham is what I thought again. The hog isn’t overdone either. Some malt, spice, and a finish that’s slightly bitter. This is so drinkable. I love it. 8/4/8/3/16 = 3.9
jeonseh (1) - USA - MAR 15, 2008 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma of this one was a lot of smokiness that really came off the glass. Drinking it reminded me a lot of eating some polish kielbasa. thought the beer was good but afterawhile, the meat taste started to get to me as the greasy meat feeling got to me. however I think they did a great job at acheiveing their goal of creating a ham on rye experience.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at FFF. As the name suggests the aromas clearly showed off smoked ham and rye. This also flavored the beer which showed a very nice smokiness and had lots of acidity. Very interesting and enjoyable especailly for carnavories.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at FFF. Pours a cooper color with an off white head. This beer has a very strong aroma of...well, ham on rye. It has a nice smoky aroma and flavor, which was enjoyable. The beer was incredibly smooth and drinkable. Nice smoked malt. I liked the beer, it was different. Always a big fan of Piece and FFF.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard to believe the previous raters were drinking what we were drinking,we could smell the smoke a mile away. when those glasses were ploped in front of us,you would hav ethought a fresh Sunday Ham Sandwhich was placed in front of us,the smoke was so prominent and lucious it was hard to detec anything else. Taste was incredibly smooth and rich smokey malt,with little jabs of the rye for balance,if it had been a little more carbonated,it may have seemed thin,but because it was smooth it was just right
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at FFF. Coppery pour with slight off white head. Nice lacing. Nice lightly spiced rye in the nose with a touch of smoke. Nice smoked flavor, not to overwhelming, little bit of fruit in there. Made a nice pairing to their chilli.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 On tap at FFF. Red brown with a healthy white creamy head. Lightly sweet smoke. Caramelly to Vienna like malt character. A little bit of grassy kick. Creamy full mouth, low carbonation for on tap. Caramelly sweet smokey apple wood bacon. Sweet really. Where’s the rye? I’m not sure, maybe there’s a hint of that spice. A bit of that sweet lingering marzen.. Creamy, clean. Fun!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a golden brown with a thin, lasting head of off-white foam that lasted throughout most of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet and spicy rye malt and just a touch of campfire smoke. The flavor consisted of sweet, toasted rye, light smoked meat, and a bit of earthy yeast. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice session beer with a mild smokiness to keep things interesting.