JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2010
Very good beige head over opaque dark-brown beer with red reflections. Smoked (ham)nose with chocolate, felt, and shrimp-like aroma (like a fresh stock made of shells); charcoal. Smoked ham, chocolate, open woodfire and a (serious) point of saltiness - perfectly off-setting the chocolatey malts. Very carbonated, medium bodied, slick, seeming heavier than its 5% ABV would warrant. Only the finish is slightly watery. Very nice, convincing Rauchbier . Grand merci à Dany! GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
750mL c&c split at Churchkey with the gang: TURDFERGUSON, biggirlpanties, Travlr. A deep cola red pour looks blacker in the glass topped by a healthy, tan head. Decent retention and lace. Nose is sea salt, iodine, seaweed/nori, big umami savoriness like Vegemite/Marmite but not a lot of smoked character. As it decants, you gain fresh lemon and honeydew melon in the nose. Not what I was expecting. Taste is dark cherry cola, not too much smoke...perhaps salted meat and Vegemite. Mild lactic tartness in the finish. Not sure what happened here. It’s not bad...but it’s not a smoked beer. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 My Bottom Line:3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2009
This idiosyncratic Rauchbier thrills with its chocolatey, smokey lengths which carry along beechwood dryness, fruity angles and whispering greenery. Neither a Rauchbock, nor a Rauchschwarzbier, and not your typical smoked lager either, this is purity, personality and drinkability rolled into one.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Bobbing foam settles on top of the brownish blackness.
-Bready sustenance almost becomes caramelly underneath the rauchmalt.
-A green, herbal touch plays around, but it is hard to tell if it is from hops or Frontenac malt -if there is any in here.
-The big bubbles are quite peaceful and the body very healthy, making for a very agreeable mouthfeel.
-The colour would make you expect more roast character, but there is barely any.
-There is a lot of flavor in here, yet the entire experience is never intense.
-A few more 750s of this and I might very well consider this world-class. Looking forward to "testing" it again and again...
Bottle. Dry chocolate ashtray malt and stale coffee grounds in the nose. Smoked malt shows up more as it warms but doesn’t redeem the awful malt in this beer. Burnt and smoked nut shells and a mild plastic note join the old coffee grounds and ashtray. It turns slightly sweet (bacon/maple) in the finish but is killed by a watery and thin body. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 [2334-20090726] 750mL bottle. Smoky cigarette ashes and roasted grain wood aroma. Black body with a long-lasting foamy light tan head. Roasted smoke flavour has a long lingering roasty aftertaste. Full body. Roasty and smoky and a nice blend of everything. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
czar (9172) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2011
(c/o manuchampions, w/ him, jerc)
[2778B-20100219] Bottle. Smoky wooden cask aroma. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick foamy light brown head. Roasted wooden peat continues in the flavour. Full body. Smoky, pretty good. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, garthicus, GregClow, jerc)
pours copper, slight haze, with a creamy off-white head. malty and smoked, of course! smoke is present but it really allows other esters to show. good malty profile, caramel and roasted malts, average carbonation. another great offering from LTM. all for one! SudsMcDuff (8438) - .....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... after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2009
750, corked and baled. thanks, dany! pours nearly black with a dense, creamy tan head, lots of bubbles. big coffee and beef jerky nose. creamy medium body with beautiful light carb. some lightly tart acidity, lots of coffee, roast, and bacon on the mid. long tangy bacon finish. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye or blutt59... Pours with a dark brown body and a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Taste is beef, jerky, chocolate and smoke. Medium carbonation. TaktikMTL (7822) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml achetée chez Marché Chamard (Répentigny, QC). Arôme: Odeur de fumée avec une pointe chocolatée. Apparence: La couleur est brune presque noire. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe d’amandes et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #2328)