milewide (1394) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent head. Solid body and deep amber color. Nice balance between hops and malt, but really modest smoke.
gripweed57 (517) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a massive foamy, rocky beige head and thick clinging lace. Aroma is both smoky and mapley, like maple cured bacon. Sweet toasted malt flavor, again more smoke and maple syrup flavor. Slightly medicinal, but the smoke is dominant. Subtle bitter finish with underlying notes of vanilla and raisins.
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple skin, pear, toast, light caramel, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Poor aromas with overly estery notes and light malt presence. Taste of caramel, toast, smoked meat, brown bread, brown sugar, maple syrup, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, smoke, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark malt, smoke, and maple syrup flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall, other than the horrible aromas, this was a very solid smoked amber ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, smoke, and maple syrup flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This was quite enjoyable.
anthony850 (210) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Morris tap and grill smokey with a hint of maple sweetness
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bedub (4) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unique smokiness and a biting bitterness really bring this beer together. I did not really get much in the way of maple flavor.
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Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear deep ruby amber color, thick beige head, solid lacing, a beautiful beer. Aroma of burnt toast drizzled with maple syrup and light spice. Taste also has spice, burnt caramel, black pepper. Tasty stuff.
boxofrane (1887) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from wegmans. Pours clear amber with a large off white head and solid lacing. The aroma has a mesquite note and a bit of pancake. The taste is medium smoky, sweet maple, and a bit of sweetness on the finish. I dig it.
merc7186 (1754) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Deep Amber hue, Off White Foamy Head, some Lacing
S: Deep Smoke, Roasted Malts, mild Sweetness
T: Deep Smoke with a Roasted Malt Finish, mildly Bitter
M: Well Carbonated, Medium Bodied, Smokey, Bitter Mouth
Overall, an average beer, heavy on the smokies, decent roasted malt, too mild on the Maple. Inconsistent IMO, not balanced.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruby-brown with big off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, with some rauchy and acidic and maple notes. Tastes caramel malty, with notes of maple sweetness, mild roasty and rauchy flavor, and mild hops and some brown sugar in the finish.
kramer (4694) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a large foamy beige head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is a mix of sweet toasted malt, light smoke, and a slight maple note. The flavor is just lightly smoky, quite a bit of maple sweetness that lingers past the smoke on the finish. This is really easy drinking and doesn’t get tiring even with all the sweetness. I can deal with sweet beers, as long as it’s not from crystal malt. A touch clingy but not overly so, with fizzy soft carbonation. I quite liked this.