otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear deep copper under a puffy white head which slowly crawls up the sides of my glass.
Nose: gentle smoke. Cedar chips. Touch of spice in the back tickles. Massive loaves of freshly baked and cooling rye bread happily dominate the middle. Apple chips in the back; crunchy and sweet.
Palate: smooth and bready. Chewy rye breads up front and in the middle with smoke smooth and long in the back. Clean finish and mouthfeel; medium. Apples mingle in the middle with the rye bread. Exquisitely quaffable. Touch of meatiness in the middle complemented by the smoke; bacon. Only bitterness is from apple skins.
Final Thoughts: I love smoke, though it can be an acquired love it/leave it for some. Whether subtle such as this or BAM in your face, Iíll take my smoke both ways thankyouverymuch. A tasty brew enjoyed in the cozy confines of the 3Floyds Brewpub. Indeed, life is good.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at í08 DLD. Nose is smoked caramel and nuts, some peppery phenols. Taste is smoked meats, some nutty malts, spicy rye. Decent smoked.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Louisville Beer Store - Pours dark amber with a thin mostly receding off white head. Notes of toffee, toasted malt, meaty, smoke, plum and cherry. Medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation. Fairly mild smoke flavor, somehow ham flavors are more dominant. The power of suggestion?
Block (1124) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour. Aroma is roasted with hints of smoke, dark fruits and some other stuff. Nice and smooth with a bitter finish.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is not that smoky. I find hints of rye, toffee, and woody bitterness. The flavor is great and funny. This really tastes like a ham on rye sandwich. For real. The finish is a little sweet which resembles beer, but otherwise this is liquid ham and rye. Awesome.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at IBG 2010 Winterfest. Poured dark brown hue with a medium creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good smokey and toasted earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted complex spicy flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex average beer for this house.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a hazy brown with an amber hue an a light brown head. Aroma had a smokey ham note and dark rye malts. Flavor was smokey with a finish of dark malts and rye. Does taste a bit like ham on rye.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a clear dark rusty amber with a small fine creamy white froth. Aroma of caramel, faint but a robust smoke, caramel, light hop edge, fruity sweetness, does make me think salty ham. Flavor is quite balanced, sweet but on the dryer side, melded soft caramel, some ham-like flavor on the finish, a bit fruity, round, seemingly lager-ish. Round, fruity, fizzy carbonation, medium bodied.
tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FFFís bonus beer at the CBS Brewpub Shootout, in Chicago. Poured a hazy, brownish amber, with a modest, off white, fine bubbled foam to the head, and spots of lacing. The aroma was immediately smoky-wood cured bacon, with a little spicing, and light sweetness. Ditto for the flavor, with the smoked meat notes showing more character, coupled with a moderately bitter and dry presence. Nicely done Rauch Bock.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap - Pours amber brown with some haze. The aroma is of course smoky. Mmm... sausage. It tastes of sweet, smoky caramel malt. The smoke is ample but the malt also comes out nicely as this brew warms. Itís medium bodied with a smoky finish. Tasty.