jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours deep reddy brown in colour, with frothy tan head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving tonnes of fine lacing behind. Aroma and taste are very smoky, roasted malt. Very drinkable rauchbier! SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2011
750ml BoTTle @ The Beer Kitchen .. . Pours a dark plum, head is medium size, lacing is quite good too .. . raisins, plum, molasses and a touch of smoke .. . very smooth, gets better as it warms .. . hi, my name is josh and strawberry kiwi ruined my life... fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Corked bottle from Point Grey, VancouverTmoney99 (14866) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Beautiful dark brown color; generous compact head. The smoke aroma is subdued, with wood and roasted malts. Good dark chocolate flavor, some roasted malt, light smoke and light sourness from the roasted malts; very light liquorice. Correct bitterness. Good beer, although not exactly what expected.
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate smoke malty and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.
BeerandBlues2 (13719) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle shared by dkachur at the 14th Richmond Gathering. Pours clear dark brown with a medium-small, fizzy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy malt (caramel, toast, nutty, cookie), light hops (woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, ash, meat, and dates. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry finish.
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
Bière noire et opaque sous un fin col beige relativement stable. Des arômes fulgurants et boisés de caramel, de fumée et de céréales rôties. Légèrement acide, mais bien amère. De corps généreux et capiteux, effervescence fine et constante, très longue flaveur amère / fumée en bouche. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
(Sample Date: 3/19/2011 Source:Dkachur) Subtle Bamburg style smokiness over moderate caramelized sugar notes and malts sweetness in aroma. Clear very dark amber brown with small white head. Nice earthy smokiness with notes of Munich or Vienna style malts and earthy spicy hops. Clean. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is medium sweet with smoke lingering. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2011 Sampled at the Richmond 14th Gathering. Delightfully smokey and roasty. Like a smoked stout? Very good actually, but more ’stout’ and less ’smoke’. Wish it was more smoke heavy. Sampled again at the river. again wished it were smokier. Beautiful dark brown pour with red highlights. very sweet molasses notes. gramity (1680) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2011
It pours almost as dark as a Stout but when held to the light reveals a deep chestnut color. I poured aggressively and a thick and appealing two finger head developed in my 1 liter dimpled stein. The head endured for minutes and left some sticky and stringy lacing on the glass.
The aroma, obviously, was quite smoky. If you could liquefy the experience around a campfire this is likely what you would get. The smoke aroma reminds me specifically of smoked bacon or wood chips. Despite the strength and uniqueness of the smoke you can still easily identify the malts in the nose. The more subtle presence I can pick out is dark fruits.
The taste is very bold and flavorful. It is very rich and malty and reminds me a bit of ales brewed Belgian style. The finish is all smoke. The taste of smoked wood and smoked meat lingers satisfyingly after the swallow. You can still pick out the dark fruits along with a new touch of caramel and dark chocolate.
The beer is medium bodied with noticeable but light carbonation. It has a smooth mouthfeel and is bit thicket in the mouth that a straight lager or ale.
Some say you get accustomed to the smokiness by the end; however, I must have sipped it slow enough as I was accustomed to nothing by the end. It was very enjoyable and a pleasing first foray into rauchbier. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured lower-viscosity deeper brown with a short-lived, fizzy tan head. The aroma picked up dark chocolates, a pinch of cherry, and molasses with mild accents of smoked malt (could’ve been cherrywood, which would’ve explained the cherry I found).. soft overall, and very welcoming. The flavor found black patent and chocolatey malts at the core, with lightly sour smoked malts laced throughout.. well-balanced, with few flaws, but it really wasn’t that interesting.. could’ve used a bit heavier malt bill and more smoke. Medium-bodied at the very most on the palate.. lower carbonation.. overall a fairly enjoyable brew.