islay (890) - 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 (1908) - 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 (5045) - 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 (800) - 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 (9838) - 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 (1539) - 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.
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark brown and has a foamy off white one inch head in a regular pint glass. It slowly concaves into the body leaving some clingy filmy lacing. The smell is smoky and roasty with a bit of tobacco, and is slightly malty underneath. The taste is sweet, smoky and roasty through the grains and malts, however some bitterness through light coffee grounds comes in to balance as the beer warms. The palate is light with nothing harsh on the tongue. There is a dry aftertaste and a smooth finish. Overall, I like this one, but haven’t had too many "smoked beers" to compare. I would come back to it.
chawkfan (27) - USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice ale. Although a smoked beer, the smokiness need not come out. Still a nice brown ale.
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
660 ml bottle shared with czar, minderbinder and friends. Pours a dark brown, almost black-reddish, with a short lasting beige head. Smell is smoke. Taste is molasses,sweet, salty, woody. Finish is tons of smoke, like biting into a log after a campfire. Medium to strong body, sweet, creamy mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Super solid smoke.
Minderbinder (1583) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near-black with low beige head. Aroma is of smoke, malt. Taste is of smoke, malt, sweetness, cream-like. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Pretty good.