shrubber85 (11804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Tap (growler). Smoked meat, hay and malt aroma. Opaque black-brown color with moderate head. Smoky wood, light chocolate malt flavor with a mild bitter herbal hops finish. A bit funky. One of the hoppiest smoked beers I’ve ever had. Tmoney99 (15312) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft sample. Poured clear dark brown color with an average fizzy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate smoke sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Aroma of slightly woody smoke, bitter chocolate, and resin. Appearance was black with creamy tan head. Flavor really had a pretty decent amount of smoke, but the smoke seemed have some odd chemical properties. The base porter was nice and bitter, with just the right amount of sweetness. Palate was bubbly. A little off from what I was expecting, and it felt a little less "authentic" than the other smoked offerings from the same brewery. Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
On tap at brewpub
Another smoked release, this one was a little better than Who Shvarted? Even so given the name I was expecting a little less heaviness. This is not really that much of a mild ale given there were three other beers with a lower ABV.
Aroma / Appearance - Inky black and fluid the beer swirls around the glass like watered down coffee. With a mysterious edge the nose contains raspberry syrup, smoke, malt, and liquified ham. All combine into a feel like an ash tray.
Flavor / Palate - Liquid smoke and ham are the main drivers. A dry finish tickles the senses leaving the palate wanting more. A little too heavy for a session beer and too simple for a bigger ABV release it is hard to know what to make of this. Still credit has to be given for trying a rarer style.