darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
WTF. Seriously. I think Seabass opened this at RBWG but I’m not sure. This beer is amazing. Nose is huge malt and smokey chocolate a little espresso in the nose to. Absolutely crazy. Flavor starts off with smokey coffee character and grinds into layers of caramel and chocolate. There is some dark fruit in there and a slightly roasty bitter finish but that creamy smokiness just lingers. Man I loved this. MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Pours a very black hue. Small thin head with no retention. Looks thick, oily, and evil.
S: Holy Smokes! This one smells like a Cub Scout camp fire. Tons of smoke, earthy wood, and ash. Hints of smoked meat, brown sugar round things out. This one is smoked to the max.
T: The smoke transfers through is such a good way. Smoked bacon, and fresh beef jerky up front. Hints of chocolate and caramel attempt to provide a bit of balance, but if you love smoke this one is for you.
M: Full bodied, thick, and creamy with a smokiness that overcomes your being.
D: Rather good actually. Give me a rack of ribs off a green egg smoker and a bottle of this and I am set.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Thanks so much to Joey for sending me a bottle to share at DLD. Pours a really hazy brown color wtih a good tan head. Aroma is full of smoke, syrup, brown sugar, caramle, toffee, pipe tobacco and roast. Flavor is unreal. The best smoked beer I have EVER had. Period. End of story! Smoke, tobacco, booze, caramel, roast malt, vanilla, and damn just plain goodness. Call me a homer, but this beer kicks ASS! gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAR 13, 2010
HUGE thanks to Seabass! Pours jet black, no head. Nose is big roasted malts, bacon, thick smoke, sweet molasses, licorice, earth. Flavor is BIG bold smoke, bacon, molasses, sweet malts, earthy hops. Body is huge. Finishes with a sweet smoke and a tinge of bitter. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2010
I feel privileged to have been able to try this. Was not let down one bit either. Brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is lightly smoked but not meaty at all. Sweet with some barrel and nuts and vanilla. Flavor is smokey, sweet, caramel, slightly earthy with some wood. Really smooth, creamy body and just a joy to drink, being that I don’t love smoked beers, I really truly loved this one.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Almost everything a smoked should be and more. Shared by the all powerful Daknole, taken from notes. This beer was the most well rounded smoked I’ve ever had. Pours a deep brownish red with a perfect head. Exceptional lacing. Flavor profile is awesome, nice toasted malt, with lots of smoke, and a juicy meat backbone. Not quite as smokey as *I* like, but then again, I like ridiculously smokey beers, so this is actually damn near perfect. Amazing palate on this one, toasted and creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. A fantastic beer. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottle 4/29 courtesy of CCB, thanks a ton for this damn good beer. Pours dark dark brown with wafer thin tan head. The aroma is big bold smoky rauch-ness with a smokiness getting close to but not reaching Schlenkerla levels of bacon-y camp fire char. I get caramel, molasses, a hint of earthiness and some chocolate all hanging out behind the veil of smoke. The taste is the same with a solid smokiness up front moving into sweet slick sweetness coming from caramel, molasses and faint malts. Nearing midway chocolate notes sore to the front and lead into burnt malts and scorched molasses just as the smokiness re-doubles its influence. Into the finish I get brunt notes and solid lingering smokiness hanging around for a while as I come to grips with the full body, full flavor, full velvety creaminess of the experience. I think what this beer needs is a bit more balance in the nose and taste with either, dare I say, bolder notes around the smoke or a little less smoke. To me that would take it from stellar to frikin’ amazing (4.3 to at least 4.6). Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
This beauty pours a still muddy brown to black color. The head is very minimal but produces a slight beige to mocha head. The smell is unbeleivable smoke, smoke, and some more smoke. Tons of pete and maybe hints of hickory in there simple mind blowing smell. Taste is overwhelming on the palate I get obviously lots of smoke, toasted marshmellow’s,macroons,some chocolate frickin delicious. The palate is thick, and very vinous simply lush in the mouthfeel.
Overall a truly unique, and delicious elixir that will truly inspire people to seek this beer. Wayne and Joey are up to great things at CCB afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown amber with a one finger tan head that fades leaving good lacing. Aroma of smoke, caramel, a touch of dark fruit, and a slight nuttiness in the finish. Taste is the same as aroma with the caramel and dark fruit really coming through with the smoke in the finish. Full mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Freaking delicious. Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2009
A very special thanks to Daknole for sharing bottle 16 / 29, Batch 1 at DLD ’09. Pours an opaque and thick muddy brown colored brew with an average sized tan head with some nice retention and film lacing. Aroma of smoked toasted dark malt, some chocolate, vanilla, a hint of tobacco and brown sugar. Taste is very full bodied, flavors of sweet chocolate, smoked and toasted dark malt, some vanilla, and brown sugar, Finish is syrupy, creamy with a distinct smoked dark malt with chocolate and molasses aftertaste. Very nice!