Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Definitely tons of smoke in this beer. You can smell the Bamburg malt. Taste it lots of smoke, smooth chocolatey malt and a nice lingering finish. Moderate bitterness. I only wish my gouda was warm enough to dip in this. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black with a beautiful rich tan head and a scintillating treacle and smoke aroma. There is a strong smoked malt flavor that drinks like a good cigar. Pretty tasty. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. 273 of 1080 produced. 16.9 oz. Pours a dark burnt brown-sienna with a thick, pillowy, tightly-bubbled crag of a head. Pure tan and gorgeous lacing on the head. The aroma is wonderful with soft, sugar cookie, milk chocolate chips, oatmel, nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted malts, and hints of vanilla and rye bread. The body is fairly loose, yet satisfyingly rich and smooth, bitter mouthfeel; almost like a cup of very strong black coffee. The underlying bitterness provides much of the support for the smoky, chocolatey, creamy richness of the flavor. Finishes with a lovely, bittersweeet cocoa taste and a firm warmth. This is an excellent, subtly nuanced, artful smoked ale. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. This is a quite an interesting beer that wears many hats. Part dunkel hefe, part peaty rauch, part wild tart, and part hoppy strong ale. Surprisingly, these aspects go together better than expected, though the aroma muddles together just a tad when first poured. Some dark fruits, raisins, berry, smoked bark, grassy herbs, toffee, and some clove and estery banana as well. On the pour, just a thin layer of wispy, pillowy white head, medium thick appearance, and a dark ruby-brown in color. A nice balance of spicy, lightly tart, and lightly toasted smoke in the feel. Creamily rich up front, then becoming increasingly bitter as it goes down. Capping it off is a dry, herbal finish. Aroma and flavor profiles play off each other well. Overall, I loved this unique and multifaceted creation. Well done. NachlamSie (3481) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle from GBX. Pours very dark with a lovely head. This is seriously good, The aroma is smoky and meaty with a faintly fruity backdrop. The palate is rich and creamy to compliment the smoked meat flavor. I get notes of leather, figs and assertive smoke. More smoked meat rather than burning wood or ashiness. Superbly well balanced, flavorful and intense. The finish is dry. Reminds me of HoD Adam a little bit.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours dark brown but ends up looking black in the glass. Gives a small brown head. Nose is bacon, ashtray, grease, burnt wood and hamburger. A&W bacon double in my glass. Flavor is sweet, mildy bitter with a great smoke profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, heavy body with a long smokey aftertaste. Wonderful. DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. A black beer, with a bijou ring of beige froooth. A smoked beer. Yes, the smoke rises and rises, becoming more and more compelling. Subtle, but firm and full. Really good stuff - smoke in a beer, but as a integral part, rather than an either/or upfront massive smell. Liked it. Yes. Liked it. vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Couleur marron-ruby très foncé, presque noir, avec une mousse moyenne marron pale qui rétréci dans quelques minutes et laisse un peu de lacing. Carbonation moyenne avec les bulles douces. Il y a une arôme très complexe et un peu different chaque fois que je l’ai senti. Il est comme du gras fumé, comme du poisson blanc fumé ou même du bacon fumé. Des fois c’est completement different, peut être c’est ça le malt fumé, mais il me fait penser en un vieux fumerie du poisson. Quand il reste encore de la mousse il y a peut-être une arôme des fruits sourdiné par le fumer. Le goût est très terreux. Il est du malt fumé avec un peu de chocolat ou café, mais chaque gorgée est unique. La finale est légèrement amer, et le après-goût est du fumer leger et du malt. sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and liquorish. thewolf (12591) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph.
Clear deep chestnut with a big, staying, frothy, beige head. Amazing duration - almost seems to enhance with time. Aroma has lots of smoke, mild chocolate, light peity, caramel sweetness and a bit of piney hops. Medium to low carbonation, great creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is mild sweet, good grainy malts, fine smoke with a tar-like tartness to it. Lovely dark chocolate notes and some fine roasted malts. Really a very lovely beer.