Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Sampled at 2014 RBWG Grand Tasting. Black, ring of tan foam. Smells like spicy coffee, with some piney and grassy notes, too. Taste is coffee, a weird medicinal flavor (not bad, just weird), and some woody, oaky flavors. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2014
It was nice to see this one on tap at Oblivion. This was a very smooth lager with JUST enough smoke. The aroma was full of charred oak and spent coffee grounds. It tasted less smoky than the scent hinted, while the rest was soft caramel and berry. Good stuff. OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Oblivion. Nose is roast, ash, wood, smoke, chocolate, fruity esters. Pour is black. Flavor is similar. A touch of sweet fruitiness behind a not so hidden smoke and wood quality. I thought this was excellent. alexsdad06 (10378) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG tasting. Pours a cola brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts to the point of being burnt, peat, earthy, a splash of coffee. At times, a bit strong with the ashy char. Ferris (15236) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle - Peat, smoke and char. Jet black with a thin head. Stinky cheese, the really ripe ashy skunky kind. Smokey, peaty, stinky and crazy. Love it.
BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, earthy and woody hops with light smoke. Flavor is dark malt dominant with smoke and peat, earthy and woody hops with a dry finish. Medium to light body and medium carbonation. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Very dark brown, near black color. Thin khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Nice smoke in the nose, some roast malts. That smell is amplified in the flavor. Huge big ashy smoke, and heavy roast. Maybe one of the ashiest beers I’ve ever had. Smells like an ashtray, but it’s not terrible. I’m interested in this. Some dark fruit, raisin, licorice notes. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Bigger bitterness. Some light alcohol warmth. drinks like maybe 9-10%. Maybe a light bite in the finish. Damn good ashy smokey schwarzbier. This appeals to me. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is smokey, peaty, earthy, and malt. Ashey, smokey, and a nice bitter finish. Medium body and a tad fizzy. ok beer tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pint pour of deep dark with a loose khaki head. Nose was roasted malt an ash, as to be expected. Smokey almost. Flavor was similar with roasted malt, slightly smooth, and more ash and almost smoke. Not bad, but not outta this world. I’m used to my schwarzbier’s being a little smoother. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle (bomber) picked up from the brewery right when released. Pours essentially black with a big creamy brown head, just looks like a creamy imperial stout. No question that there is wood in this beer. Big smokey ash wood aroma sort of like I am standing in the lumber section if Home Depot. Some light sweetness, chocolate, and roasted malt behind this but it is dominated by the wood. Good grief. Flavor is big woody ash, used cigarette butts, light roast and chocolate, and more ash. You really have to be in the mindset for this one. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and goes down easy enough. I don't think this is bad despite tasting like a burnt cigarette with some extra sweetness. I guess they hit what they were going for. Weird but not terrible. Wouldn't go for it again though.