Tmoney99 (14622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Growler shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy dark brown with an average light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy smoke and toasted bread malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet malt andf smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex good beer. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2013
Tulip on tap at Keystone in Hyde Park, for $7. Hazy, brown / red color. Thin khaki head, good retention. Nice smokey nose, good wheaty sort of bready satisfyingly smokey flavor. Hint of pepper. Light caramel malt. Bigger body. Good smooth carbonation, kind of dry in the finish. Mostly sweet taste, in the way an American wheat ale usually is, but good savory aspect with the smoke as well, I enjoy that. Light fruitiness to it. I’m pretty full as I slowly consume this, but this is pretty good to savor, as far as light beers go TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Glad to finally try this. Pours a rich deep darker brownish hue, good haze, some lighter brown glowing edges. A frothy tannish head atop laces well, remains a mellow layer overall. Darker rich hues, some copper brown edges glow a touch, but dark rich body. Aromas are a rich woody smoke, smoked breads and growing campfire meats, ham, touches of ask, roasty wood and oak, gentle earth. Touches of carmelized malts, biscuits, and gentle fruit, reddish. Initial is medium bodied, a touch more full on the palate than expected, putting some carmelized malts and earthy woody smoke elements firmly in the focus. Campfire meats, gentle florals and spice, toasty and carmelized malts, some biscuity and wheat bread malty qualities. A bit more dry and spicy as we push through the middle, offering rye spicy caraway, gentle florals. Some thicker rye, bread, and biscuits give a darker slant. Mellow campfire meats are pleasant, with earth, roast, and gentle ashy woody, smoked wood, and oak. Gentle spice, some almost chocolate or darker brown malt qualities. A bit dry, lingering smoke, kiss of floral, waft of fruit. Pretty well put together. I’d prefer more smoke personally, less spice and dryness and a more crisp lighter body. But overall, it’s a solid offering. Gentle toast, dryness, spice, and mellow dark fruit in the middle. Richer rye and darker malts, smoked wood, and gentle campfire presence overall. The nose left a little to be desired from the Smokehead, especially as it warms. Perhaps I got too used to it, but the smoke falls out a little too far for me. Still, as I mentioned a nice beer. kaser (6314) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at Murphy and sons. Poured with half the glass head that took forever to go away. Very dark unexpectantly. Smells like a sweet stout. Leather and malty taste. Smokey. Not bad, better than I thought it would be. Bacon aftertaste. tmoreau (4436) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12 oz. serving to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a bright & clear, amber/brown hue, with a modest layer of light tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The aroma was roasty, with some woodiness, herbal hints, and smooth but mild malt. The flavor continued these notes, adding moderate to low hop bitterness, a touch of peat, mild smokiness, a hint of leather, and a touch of tart astringency toward the finish. A calm but sessionable brew, somewhere between a smoked Brown or Scottish Ale.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2013
On tap at The Bowery during MKE beer week 2013. Dark brown with a thin brown crown. Aroma is nicely smoked with wheat, smoked meats and mild nuttiness. Taste is of smoked malts, sweeter malts, yeast and a hint of toffee. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
9/15/2013: Goose Island Casimir... Aroma: Caramelized bread rye bread crust, chocolate malt, and some nice smoke/char undertones. Appearance: Chesnut brown color with golden highlights and a frothy tan-colored head; clean appearance, opaque. Flavor: Caramel and dark malts up front; roasty and smoke in the middle with some fruity rye bread and a touch of molasses; almost salty finish; good level of sweetness and balance overall; complex and unique, but somewhat difficult to describe properly! Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth, calm mouthfeel; slightly watery maybe? Overall: VERY good, quite delicious! Quite flavorful and unique, but still really drinkable; Draught (growler fill) from Country Fresh Market in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #20 for this beer. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft at Whole Foods. Technically a variant of Gratzer. Pours a deep brown with thin offwhite head. The nose is big and smokey, lots of oak and spice notes. Campfire and pumpernickel. Faint floral/herbal hop as well. On tasting, moderate bitterness with some cocoa and sweetness to go with the carraway notes. Distinctly smoky and nice. The more I have the better it gets. Smokey and balanced. Faint char notes as well. Solid beer. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 On tap at beer bistro north. Fairly new I believe... Pours a semi-transparent mahogany hue and topped with a silky but thin just off-white head... Aroma are a meshing combination of husky dark grains, almost seems like a touch of roast, semi-sweet at most but smooth, that finishes off with a medium degree of smokiness. Smooth and not overly amplified on the smoke front. Toast unless warmth of the malts grows after warming... Flavors are more of the same with toasted husky grains with a mild touch of smoke. Finishes off a bit sweeter than I would have liked. Smooth bodied, just shy of medium weight, with not too lively a level of carbonation which bodes well for it. Generally nice but a bit more of a smoke profile would be more to my liking. DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pint mug at the Wrigleyville pub. The menu describes this as a "Grodziski" style of beer. Dark reddish brown pour with a nice thick head. Smoked malt in the nose, a bit of wood smoke among the usual cheese rind. Taste has lots of thick malt to hold up the smoke. Invites obvious comparisons to a Bamberg bier, but also reminds me of a peaty Scotch ale. Also some phenol, which would be par for a smoked beer. Very substantial for a beer with "regular" alcohol count.