daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cloudy, light brown appearance. This was a funny brew, you know that there is something wrong when some of the tasters notice hints of bacon and pork. He he. Vegetal, hoppy, smokey aroma. Extremely, if I could use an Oakes term, cloying, way too sweet. Yuck.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best smoked beer that Iíve had to date. The smoke taste is up front, but not overwhelming. The huge malt side of this beer compliments the smoke and makes for one great brew. The only real fault that I could find with it, was its syrupy nature. Hopefully Kalamazoo will make this again in the future. Thanks MikeForney!
fraternie (996) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoked malt flavor that is also a bit sweet. Packs a huge punch of alcohol and smoke flavor in the finish, a little more balance would have made this as good as their Old Ale.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The description of Third Coast Old Ale mixed with a smoked beer is spot on. The malt base laying under the beechwood malt is definatley reminscent of Third Coast and the smoked malt lends a nice complexity of flavor.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, smoked aroma at first. Cloudy, brown/caramel appearance. The smokiness wasnít quite what I expected, having just tried Aecht Schlenkerla the other day. Definitely warms the stomach, reminds me slightly of smoked bacon. A well crafted ale that might take some getting used to. Complex, which is to be expected from Bells.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Similar to Bells Third Coast Old Ale in itís appearance and thickness. Not near as thick as their Expedition Stout. Just enough caramel flavor. If you can find a bottle, try it out and youíll be glad you did.
AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
When served cold the roast flavour is at its best apparent, but onceit warms up a little the sweetness makes an apperance. When held up to the light the setiments are as large as computer keys! but settles great. As well as being the same colour as the inside of a Riesenís caramel chew!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
unlike anything iíve ever seen. Tope in color, almost caramel like. malty sweet aroma. very smoked, slightly harsh, very sweet as well, dont really know what to do with this. an absolute must try
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never seen so much sediment before. Benjamin may have said it best: íTastes like Iím drinking a tree, thatís been slightly barbequed.í One was enough for me, gotta go with the consensus and agree that this is definately an acquired taste.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2003 After lots more smoked beers for comparison, I'd say this is too thick and hammerhead! Original: Even though I don't like it that much (pauliefrog99 says it's an acquired taste and I agree), it is clearly a well-crafted ale. Looks like a dark scottish ale; big, thick carbonation arising from the deepest caramel color you ever saw. Smoke aroma, and some sweetness. The flavor changes, yes, as it warms, to sweet, salt, smokiness, and something strangely burnt that has got the very tip of my tongue all tingled and I can't figure out why. A weird, strange brew that warms even weirder.