Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2012
Poured rich reddish caramel from bottle with a lovely pillowy and dense foam. The aroma is dominated by smokey earthy notes. The palate is very very malty and smooth with some residual sweetness complimenting the smoke. Wonderful drop. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Smoky, smoked chedder taste. Smells of bbq smoker. Great smoked beer. Had in bottle.. bhensonb (15077) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy copper with a slight, fizzy beige head. Aroma is smokey - but tolerably so. Med body - that thins quickly. Smoke is the flavor. Not bacon. Sort of mesquite. Good beer. marcus (10137) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours reddish copper with a modest beige head that fades away and a pleasantly smoky aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor (mesquite?) with a little hop bitterness. I don’t usually care for smoked beers, but this one is pretty good. NachlamSie (3462) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2012
bottle from GBX, shared with Tronraner. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head. Not sure what manuka is, but it evidently makes for some fine malt smokin’. The smoke is prominent, meaty, and ashy. I was surprised at how it becomes even more intense in the flavor. The finish is particularly ashy in a good way. Smoked meat is up front with the bock qualities staying tasteful and in the background. This is truly delicious.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle shared by NachlamSie. Pours hazy orange with small offwhite head. The aroma is subtly smoky, with some cucumber, tropical fruity, slight raisin, and a little bit of wood. The flavor is much smokier than the nose, with a nice robust meatiness with an ever so slight sharp acrid quality (I mean this in a positive way somehow). Behind the smoke are light tropical fruits and a little bit of caramelized malt. Clean finish with some lingering smoke. Pretty tasty. Suttree (6358) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Well, it sure smells smokey, as one might expect. There is a good deal of caramel and toast, as well. Smokey, meaty flavor, plus caramel, and a dryish, woody finish. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Smoke and light bacon aroma. Smoke flavor with malt backing and light bacon. Medium bodied. Smoke and light bacon lingers with malt. nearbeer (5360) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2017 33cl; 7% abv. Light haze on the deep copper-brown body, and a lasting disc of cream above. Aroma of smoked meat, caramel and maybe some wheat. Taste is smoke, aged barrel, caramel apple, spicy orange and green herbs. Medium body is well-balanced, lightly tingly, and has medium carbonation.
jtclockwork (16424) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle with Yanick. Pours amber with off white head. Nose/taste of pulled pork, smoked caramel malt, fire pit, peat, smoked wood and light charcoal. Tons of smoke - very dominate in the nose and palate. Medium body.
On a side note, this is the second beer today I’ve had brewed with "manuka." Seriously.