michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Piece BrewPub: Faint aroma of malt with a hint of rye. Poured amber/orange in color with a tiny, white head around the edges only. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. tastes of malt, rye, light smoke, and light smoked meat. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt and slight smoke finish is slightly dry. Disappointing from two brewers I usually like.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Chumleyís - Lafayette, IN. Pours a clear darkened amber, with a superfine off-white head. Campfire smokiness. Pig bacon, sweet almond bark, and candied smoked fish. Flavor is decent. Browned bacon, burnt pecan wood, and fired wood-oven pizza. Nice browned thick malts underneath the smoke. Great balance with some juicy hops on the finish. Nearly enough smoke intensity for me, so this gets good marks.
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Finchís in Bloomington, IN. Dark amber in color and a small, quickly dissipating head. Nice smoky flavor... malts, and hints of wood. Not much complexity here, more of a one note beer. Itís a decent note, but overall I wasnít too impressed.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub.
Drank this with their Smoked Turkey sandwich. A pretty damn good combination. Reddish/brown in color with a thin head. Aroma is obviously strong smoke. Thatís about it, mostly smoke. The flavor has a solid smoke presence in balance with other spices and malty rye flavors. A good smoked beer.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Pours orangish with an off-white head. Aroma is of smoked ham, malt, hops, and grain. Taste is big on the smoky ham flavor. There is also malt and a fair amount of grain. Has a decent hop flavor to it as well. The meat flavors arenít overpowering, and they blend well with the malt and hops. Lingering taste of hops and smokiness. Drinks easy, but it was pretty damn heavy. I enjoy smoked beers, and this one is solid. The price was right, and it was tasty.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A] Smoky. Rye kind of lost and mingled among this. More of a campfire smoke to me than meatiness, but sure, Iíll say ham.
[A] More or less red. Brownish. Very white head on top. Imperial pint for $5. Winner.
[F] Rye comes together more here, with smoke, and eventually hops. Non-offensive, but not particularly my thing.
[P] More medium to full bodied. Sits kind of thick with low carbonation. Smoky hop linger.
[O] I liked blunderbuss more. Thought it was tad meatier, more interesting, more flavorful. This is a nice smoked. Nice collaboration with Piece.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at piece, glad I got to try this as itís the first bukowski book I read. ours hazed amber with white head. Flavors are sweet caramel, rye, and mild smokey bacon character. Med body, fizzy mouth feel. Touch too sweet with not enough ham and rye!
hombrepalo (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Piece on saturday. Pours a dark brown with a thin, light tan head. Smoky aroma. Flavor is of a smoked ham on rye sandwich, ha ha ha also a slightly sweet, with hints of vanilla body. Finish is slightly bitter, with the smoky notes lurking in the background. Unique taste.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft EBF. Pours a an amber body with an off white head. Smoked malt, with some salty peat notes, chewy caramel, lighter rye spices, and a mild warming. Nice offering.
alexsdad06 (3835) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught sample (6 oz.) during DLD 08. Pours a medium amber brown with a small soapy white head. The aroma of smoked meat and moderately sweet malt. The rye is a minor player in the aroma. The flavor reminded me of some breakfasts I had with family deep in Kentucky. There was a fairly heavy dose of smoked meat with a more prominent rye presence than in the nose. Mid palate the smoke character tails off a bit and it becomes more sweet with a focus on the grainy malt. Surprisingly quite drinkable and Iím glad I was able to try this one.