badgerben (5341) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Growler. Dark copper color with a medium head. Slightly peppery smoke aroma with a good deal of smokiness. Mild oak. Stronger oak flavor, though gentle smokiness. Light caramel malt. Some floral and herbal hops. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry. deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2016
On tap at Pizza Lucé downtown. Pours a clear copper with a tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a decent amount of grain and hay supported by a nice smoke note. Flavor has more of a pine and grain combination with a growing smoke presence. ads135 (5052) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 21, 2016
A pretty good, slightly smokey beer. Reddish and a bit sweet. Slick mouthfeel. Tried with Jess in 2016. jackl (8447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Keg @ HammerHeart. Amber pour with a small head. Mellow smoked grain. A bit of toffee and some cantaloupe. Flavor is well balanced. A bit more muted with the smoke than I’ve come to expect from Hammerheart. Earthy hedgerow bitterness. Some more caramel. Mild dough. Medium body. Easy going. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2016 Jerry’s LSQ. Interesting take on Amber more smokey than hoppy, medium malt. I enjoyed. Serving: Tap
crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Draft. Amber pour. Really good lightly smoky spicy earth amber ale. Good for the style. ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2015
August 14, 2015 - on tap at Republic. Light brown pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was toffee, hops and mild smoke. Taste was consistent with the aroma. BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Tap at HammerHeart. Murky amber pour with a clingy soapy head. Caramel malt aroma with just the slightest hint of smoke. Kind of a stinging bitterness on the tongue. Quite sweet. Just okay for me. Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Earlier Rating: 7/13/2013 Total Score: 3.4
Sampled at All Pints North 2013 in Duluth, MN. Murky amber pour with a small head. Lots of smoked oak in the aroma. Smells better than it tastes. Pretty good, though.
A mostly transparent coppery red pour, retaining no layering of foam. Tinny honey aroma. Raspberry iced tea, wood chips and hamster cage. Earthy, damp, soft. A negligible smoke component can be perceived if reaching. Honey and eventually butterscotch are too dominant. wilnatp (718) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Maple, tree bark, more honey in the slick, icy flavor. This typifies the crystal malt overkill that makes this style so hard to enjoy; there is, however, a thicker coating of smoke than could be found in the nose, which is only to say that it is legitimately present. This is apparent mostly in the leathery, smoky mid palate, where a worn out cigar flavor is the prevalent note.
Weakened carbonation never does well with these flavors and it certainly doesn’t here. This is consistently both sticky and washy, without the warmth and mistiness of smoke at a consequential level.
Tap. Cloudy dark gold pour. Aroma of a floral amber malt. Hint of bitterness that is balanced.