hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Smokey peat with some chewy caramel in the aroma. Very nice as the smoke is balanced with the malty doppel character. Light brown with a thin white head. Flavor is of caramel and chocolate with lots of woody smoke. Medium with a chalky finish that is nice and dry. Thanks to JPDIPSO for sharing! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2005
(12oz bottle, thanks Barry) Crystal clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked cheese, caramel, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, caramel, some smoke, light roast. Medium-full body, alcohol is well-masked. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Light brown pour small tan head light lace
Smells like a smoked beer lots of smoke & roasted malts
Even pal good coat
Flavor is smoked malt & toasted grain
A great smoked beer. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma has a strong vegetal character that is rather unpleasant. Smokiness lies just beneath the vegetables with light hints of caramel. Pours a very dark transparent mohagony with a moderate tan head that fades somewhat quickly. Tastes much better than it smells. Caramel, toffee, and light fruit up front. Finishes with a moderate smokiness that really compliments the malt flavors up front. Really enjoyed everything about the beer except the aroma. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Clear amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of smoked malt, vegetables and fruits. Good flavor of smoked malt accompanied by a light fruityness. The body has a medium thickness with an oily texture and low carbonation. Intriguing, good.
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
The Lure:axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Rising smoke remains second-hand, deepening the caramel malts and their competent fruitiness. Some earth solidifies the whole, this must be a wise sipper.
Alcohol is well-hidden for its size and only exists in the warming that follows the swallow. Attractive smoke fumes hover over the cereal and earth blend. A beautifully crafted and serene monarch.
Respect the sleeping volcano.
Mucho gracias ti 1fastSTi. Pours a dark bourbon red/brown color witha rocky tan head. Aroma is liked smoked bacon. Sweet hickory smoke flavor from start to finish. A little salt and pepper coming through the smoke. Hides the alcohol very well. A meal in a bottle. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Brilliant clarity and safire brown in color with a booming, dense, creamy one-inch head. Always a delight to decipher a smoked. Aromatic display of pastrami, pepper, rye, caramel, leather, rawhide, meaty dog bone treats and corn beef hash. Mild mannered hickory and hide flavors push through with caramel and corned beef. Smoke lingers with chewy bock tendencies. A doppelbock with its namesake stemming from ample dosages of smoked and rye malts. Through the smoke comes a spicy pepper and rye combo, as if they are trapped in a cedar clothes chest and are literally coming out of the woodwork. Dry chocolatey scratch near the vocal chords. Smooth execution and - dare I say - a touch undercarbonated. Finish revisits peppered loafs of rye bread. Enjoyable indeed. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Pours to a dark ruby brown body with a creamy/bubbly khaki head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is smokey like a smoked porkchop and a nice peaty scotch. The flavor is quite nice. Light smokyness and good dopplebockiness. Definite smoked wood flavor. Beechwood or birch? Kinda like the really overcooked crispy parts of a honey baked ham. Not really meaty in quality, but that deep yet not strong smokyness. Hard to describe. This is a very easy to drink beer. The palate hides the 10+% well. I was freaked out by that. I’d say this is 4%. One could easily drink "too many" of these. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Beer pours a rich ruby color with a very nice and well maintained off white colored head. Wonderful smoke aroma of aged bacon hanging in a storehouse, also a bit of malty sweetness. Aroma is very reminiscent of the Schlenkerla beers, which I adore. Also, the aroma of the lagering tank, which I have never found a good descriptor for other than, "than lagered aroma." Flavor is an intersting amalgamation of flavors. The rich chocolate maltiness of the dopplebock is there as is the wonderful liquid smokiness of the smoked beers. I think I would like this as a straight smoke beer without the sweetness, but I am enjoying quite a bit nonetheless. Prost to Fort Collins, another good beer. Many thanks to Aubrey for the trade!!!