AirForceHops (5666) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown / black with thin white head. Aroma shows coffee, caramel, burnt grain.
Flavor is spot on for the style. Molasses / caramel base that gives some mild sweetness. Mild nuances of chocolate. The finish has a burnt grain and very light smoky hint. Traces of yeast. The carbonation is moderate with a chalky / smoky grain texture. Easy to drink. This is rather nice.
TylerGreenDC (723) - - FEB 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. My bar IDs this as a rauchbier, but the flavor is big roasty walnuts and a bit of roasty cocoa, not smoke. Aroma of faint coffee. Starts with a big burst of roasty mouth feel that disperses quickly. Refreshingly wintry!
thornecb (5280) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Pancake head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Dark chocolate and caramel aromas. Dry with chocolate covered caramel upfront turning to mildly smoky roasted nuts and espresso in the medium length finish.
Bulk_Carrier (3352) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one and a half foamy off-white to tan head. Light foamy lacing stuck around the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell started with a delicate amount of sweet milk chocolate sliding into a graceful smokiness. Light roasty edges balance it out.
The taste was semi-sweet and roasty initially bringing in the smoke to balance. Light bready/yeastiness flows nicely into the grand scheme of things.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a nice score of level maltiness sliding over my tongue.
Overall, really nice schwarzbier ranging close to the "rauchbier" style.
malrubius (2425) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Meditrina. Black with ring head. Smoky caramel aroma and hint of herbs. Sweet burnt caramel coffee chocolate brown sugar maple syrup with ashy woody smoky finish. Medium light body. Could use a hint more carbonation. A lot like Jacks Abby Smoke and Dagger but not as good. I was hoping this wouldd be a Bamberger rauchbier and not a black lager. Anyhow, pretty good, but Iíll continue to drink Great Northern Smokin Rauchbier as my regular. And Iím especially glad I didnít rate it last night when I poured it into a glass I had not properly cleaned and it sucked. Yes, clean glasses matter.
curepute (141) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bottle sitting in my fridge for ten months. Time did good things to it! Black color, no head. Big smoke, toasted malts. The sweetness has mellowed out since the the time I had it at the brewery. Taste is: rauch, chocolate, toasted malts, toffee. The smoke wraps around the whole beer nicely, not over powering though. Very solid.
bellco33 (629) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. The aroma is roasted, smokey, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is more of the same, but is quite a bit sweeter than most of Trappís offerings. It is still quite enjoyable, though. A little hop bite at the back end but not much. Medium body, slightly sticky on the palate, pretty enjoyable.
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Dark brown with a light tan head. Smells sweet. Smoke and dark malt flavors. Nice beer!
tgncc (3073) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is roasty, smoky, chocolate. The appearance is deep brown/black, reddish hue, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, roast, brown sugar. The finish is chocolate, roast, molasses. The flavor and finish are sweeter than the aroma. Medium in body, slightly thick. Pretty nice.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Farmhouse. Pours black. Aroma is primarily fig with some mild raisin notes. Pleasant flavor of fig, coffee, and some chocolate malt. Light body. I didnít get any smokiness. I actually got more dark fruit than anything.