JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours a clean gold with fizzy white head. Nose and taste are of a typical Helles, with a bit of smokiness. Had this after an IPA and not sure if that made the smokiness muted, or if I would have liked more smoke in general. I like the base beer & I like the smoke idea, just not sure it worked great in this brew. I will have to revisit in the future. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
Draft at goose cly, pours hazy yellow gold with white head. Aroma has wet grain, smoked malt. Authentic smelling. Flavors have an initial smoke quality and it only slightly lingers throughout the experience, some honey comb malt notes pierce through, slight peppery finish. Body is a tad heavy but the feel is crisp. Pretty tasty beer. Could up the smoke a bit though but a true Hell beer is here for sure. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
Draft on tap at Clybourn (Chicago, IL). Was pretty excited for this and was in the city so I came right over doing a errand for the Bachelor Party with BeerSommelier. Pours a well hazed golden hue, frothy bright white head atop laces well and sticks around as a bubbly level, cakey a bit and sticks around. Aromas are straw and cereal grains, gentle fruit, and bread malts. Touches of gentle wood and smoke, crisp smoked apples and a hint of wood. Initial is lighter end of the spectrum pushing a touch of lemon and apple, gentle bready malts, pale grains, bread, and some gentle fruit qualities. A mellow smoked essence, touches of wood, some faint meat, more smoked apple. Gentle sweetness, crisp smoked apple and some bready malts, grains, and some cereal elements. Gentle, some fruit, mellow smoke. As it warms, up front gives the smokey touches, as middle and backend get sweeter, crisp. Quite drinkable. Mellow, touches of crisp dryness, sweetness, mellow smoke hits more up front. Solid, could use some more smoke in this guy’s opinion. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2011
On draft at Clybourn. Dark color with slight brownish hues. Slight smokey aroma with hints of bacon. Not too much smoke comes through in the flavor which was fine by me since I’m not a huge smoked beer guy. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
On tap; pour is clear light golden with a frothy white head that retains on the average side; light, spotty lacing in this glass. Subdued smoke on the nose, with a bit of graininess present. This brew is fairly crisp and mildly fruity on the tongue; the smokiness takes a general back seat to the drinkable nature of this brew. I think this is a positive attempt, but could probably use a bit more smokiness, I believe.
envane (570) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Hazy yellow with a medium white head. Smoke aroma. Taste is honey malts, light hops and a smoke-ham finish. Smoke not overpowering. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a very brilliant gold with a white cap of foam. Nose is definitely lacking in the nose. There is a hint of smoke-based phenol in the nose, but otherwise a superbly clean and well rounded malt profile with some melanoidins peaking through. on taste, this is a really great beer, just not really smoked. More of the phenolic notes do come through as it warms. Very full maltiness to it and very clean and balanced. Finishes with some light hoppy notes. A really great beer, just not smokey enough. sbanach (222) - Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2011
On draft at Clybourn brewpub. Color is burnt yellow. Smoked taste, almost like ham or bacon. light color, lace, 1 finger head disipates. Light-medium body, roasty flavor. Very interesting and I bet this would be great with a burger. deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Sampled from the tap at the Clyborn location. Poured a clear gold with a slight amber hue and a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a slight smokiness with some sweet grains and bread. Flavor was a bit thin but had a slight smokey note with a bit of light roasted malts.