bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, Winter 2014 vintage (Batch One, bottle count of 6000, 8.0% ABV). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like smoked malt, caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some nuttiness noticeable. The smoke seems stronger in the flavor in comparision to the amount of smoke in the aroma, and the smokiness lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was good, definitely worth picking up! $6.99 a bomber.
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at the tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/5/15. Pours brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, light booze and soft fruit. Malty flavor combined with a hammy smokiness before a roasted malt finish.
malrubius (1959) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Table & Vine. Dark brown with lasting head and lace. Very smoky ashey toasted caramel chocolate aroma. Smoky roasted chocolate coffee caramel subdued fruit sweetness with smoky roasted ashy mild bitter finish. medium body. Lingering ashy smokiness. NAILED IT! Fucking excellent. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead Holger Danske.
gsmitty80 (1902) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the better smoked beers that ive had and it is interesting that it is a nut brown. Great nuttiness complements the smoke and a good sweet malt to balance.
islay (1359) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Approximately 14 oz. pour from a 22 oz. bottle. Consumed on 4-1-14. Lightly smoky aroma features barbecue, peach salsa, molasses, salty pretzel, and blueberry scents. Pours dark brown with a small amount of wispy, taupe/tan head. Passable but boring appearance. Simple, nice, smoky taste features rye bread and brown sugar flavors. Some sweetness but predominantly dry, although in a way that seems to be coming from the barley rather than the hops. Medium body. Lively in an otherwise forgettable palate. Tavern Ale is quite drinkable and moderately enjoyable but too simple and forgettable to be anything better than a mediocre craft brew. I certainly would try something from this brewery again, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with this offering.
portableparty (1992) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a nice khaki tan head that settles slowly. Aroma has good roasted malt and smokey peat and subtle chocolate scents. Taste is peat and smokiness with a dry roasted malt back ground and chocolate undertones and a bit of bitterness. Palate is medium and chalky with a drying finish. Solid!
TheBeerGod (5436) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque, essentially black, pour with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoked malt, burnt wood and hops. Taste is hoppy and smoky with roasted malt, smoked malts, dark chocolate, burnt wood, toasted nuts, dark bread, caramel and light tobacco notes. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation. Lingering smokiness throughout. Finishes with more smoked malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, toasted dark bread, nutty notes, caramel and light tobacco.
ken1 (1116) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A roasted smokey aroma. Flavor is also roasted and smokey with notes of coffee and chocolate. Color is very dark brown, almost black with a light brown head.
Rasmus40 (12436) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ken1. Hazy very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt, chocolate and bonfire. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and roasted moderate bitter finish. Smooth and soft. 160813
rondphoto (2545) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque brown/black with a thick rim head surrounding a light cover, streaks of lace. Caramel and malt are dominant from the start, growing nicely in the palate, adding light bittering, alcohol, and just a wisp of smoke (I might not notice the smoke if I wasn’t looking for it). Simple, yet big, and vfery drinkable.