CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004 QXSTER199 (9) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A big malty bock that's not shy about smoke.................................
GABF 2004: Clear copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is wonderfully malty sweet with bold caramel and smoked notes. Mildly sweet and smokey body has a nice balance and semi-dry, lingering smoke finish. This is a really good rauchbock. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
This was a really good smoked beer. The flavor was well balanced and malty up front, with a nice smoky finish. I could drink alot of this beer and recommend trying it if you see it. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Great smoked beer. Somewhat orangeish with an off white head. A bit sweet and malty, hints of tobacco with obvious peat smoked malt. Flavors match the taste, but I would even throw in a bit of caramel and toffee as it warmed. Would be awesome on a summer day out on the deck grilling up all the favorites. A perfect example for this style. LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Sweet, slightly smoky aroma. Medium orange color, with a moderate head. Flavor is mostly smoked malt, with just enough hops to keep it on the malty end of balanced. Sweet and smokey, like a good smoked sausage. Slight alcohol taste. Not overpoweringly smoked, a great introduction to the style. Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2004
A dark ambery-topaz beer with moderate head. A strong aroma of sweet smoke that lends perfect compliment to a smooth flavor. Decent amount of well presented malt. Much less sweet than most of DeGroen's bocks. And did I mention that it was smokey? A totaly excellent experience.
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2004
This years (2004) offering is the best I have had so far. The aroma is a little more subtle, but still smoky. Smooth, leathery, smoky malt taste that is so true to the style. Unique without being offensive. If you like rauch beers, you will love this one. A must if you ever get the opportunity. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
IN-SANE! Massively smoky, like eating a side of bacon that sat in a smokehouse for a month. Outstanding, though the bockiness didn't shine through much. Moderately malty. This may be better than Schlenkerla Urbock! wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Smokey bacon aroma--brown and see-through. Good
but less body than I had expected. Needs more malt,
but it is one of the best rauchbiers that I have had that
wasn't German and from Bamberg. beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Very nice smoked malt with a smooth presentation. No one component is too overpowering of the rest... nice balance of flavor. dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
I was really impressed with this one. The smoke doesn't overpower the sweet malts, thank god,thus leading to an eminently drinkable beer.
This ones delicious. Much better than that Schlerenkerla ... or however you spell it... crap.