Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Aroma was smoky with notes of caramel and wood. Flavor was smoked malts, caramel, roast and had a touch of vanilla. alobar (3969) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a copper color with a thin white creamy head. Aroma of smoke and caramel. Smoke flavor with caramel, bread, and hint of vanilla. Creamy body. Smooth beer. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Pours a hazy chestnut color with a medium tan head. Aroma is smoky with some band aid notes. Flavor has very nice roast and smoke...peaty. mouthfeel is medium with a nice peaty/campfire finish. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2012
12oz bottle: pours a clear deep bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty malty nose with lots of fresh smoke. Starts with a good fullness and malty sweetness with a touch of light fruits and lots of smoky complexity before a slightly drier bittersweet finish. Very true to style and enjoyable. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2012
A - Pours a very hazy amber-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of smoke and oak with some sweet caramel and bready malts, vanilla, and tobacco.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel and bready malts with some vanilla and tobacco. Through the middle, lots of smoke comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of smoke, oak, vanilla, bacon, cured meats, tobacco, and some sweet bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Big smoke character, but in a really great way. Very tasty.
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Rusty chestnut. Everlasting dollop of lathery foam clings to the glass with each sip. Intriguing, brilliantly nuanced nose of treacle, soft peaty smoke, cookie, hazelnut, Band-Aid, Turkish figs, fruitcake, barnyard. Phenolic and lightly medicinal, as well. Snug, pillowy, meringue-like carbonation. Leathery flavors accompany an irony, wild-yeast derived twang amid softening whispers of figs, hazelnut and distinct smoke. Shimmering splash of tropical fruit succulence enlivens the ensuing toasted coconut laced with vanilla bean and fluffy nougat. Dry twinge of cookie malt deftly anchors itself amongst the slippery fruitiness as it provides satiating depth and quaffablity as well as an artfully placed sharpness. Staggeringly deep though equally delicate malt is chock full of mouth-enveloping smoke and dextrins, and captivating textures and flavors akin to almond skin and sugar cookie continue to unravel thanks to the pristine extraction. Late sweep of savory tobacco and spicy cedar adorns the ripe plummy esters and perpetual tropical fruit juiciness. Finishes cleanly attenuated yet throughly satiating with fat, multilayered maltiness and a nonintrusive nip of well-measured sugars. A real oddball this is, and I say that with wholehearted praise. There’s enough rustic allure here for a small bottle to capture your attention for a couple hours. At least it did mine. Fascinating stuff. Roon (2) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
Put this on a spit, roast it til it’s done, then sharpen your blade and carve it! A carnivore’s beer. dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
What did they do, use the drippings from smoked meat instead of water when brewing this? Possibly the most savory beer I’ve ever tasted. This would be perfect for a smoke OD, washing down some burnt ends. omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2012
2012 vintage. Subtle malt on the nose and the colour is a nice dark brick red. Not overly carbonated, but where this beer shines is the smoked malts that come through. Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Draft. Hazy caramel color. Aroma of porkfat. Taste is meaty burnt pig flesh. Thick and chewy. Taste side by side with the Schenkerla Spezialrauchbier courtesy of Eric. The kiwi version is meatier.