Bulk_Carrier (3468) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, 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.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Chocolate nose, cocoa powder. Deeper toasted notes in the flavor. Moderate palate. Not bad. (at 2015 Summer Beer Dabbler, St. Paul, MN)
tfontana (559) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2015 Bottle from Brewery. Aroma is smoky, roasted malt breadiness, with fruit and chocolate hints. Appearance is opaque black with a light brown head and mild lacing. Taste is moderate sweet maltiness with mild smoke, chocolate and liquor flavor. Palate is light bodied with thin, creamy texture. Smooth. Overall, a really nice sweet beer that doesn’t go over the top and has some nice complexity.
Slipstream (2401) - USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, coffee cake scent, and there is lots of coffee in the flavor. There is also a touch of green, smoky funk in the flavor that blends in surprisingly well. A dash of herbal hops. This is a top notch brew, and probably the best I have had yet from White Birch.
bluejacket74 (1770) - 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 (6657) - 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 (2482) - 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 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 (2094) - 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 (2273) - 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 (5914) - 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.