drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
This very full flavored beer is masterfully done. Great integration of all the qualities. Poured with a nice tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mainly smoke complimented with dark roasty malts, a hint of licorice and french roast coffee. Flavor is exactly the same. Body is great and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and taper into a nice semilong end. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Sample at the Hawai’i Admission Day tasting from a bottle thanks to grownfool. Brown-red, tan head. Nice light meat aroma, ash. Taste is light smoke, meat, ash, campfire. Snoro (306) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2009
Généreuse mousse, un goût parfaitement et déliceusement fumé. L’odeur aussi est très bonne de ce parfum fumé. Douce, à peine un légé goût acre à la fin. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Burnt malts, barbeque, bacon, chocolate. Dark brown tan head. Ashy, smokey, bbq, a little smoked salty meat. Roasted dark malts underneath. Nice roast/smoke combo in finish. Really tasty stuff. TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2009
You can definately smell the smok in the malt, its like a clean campfire smell in a bottle. Deep and dark, great head, retains lacing throughout the durationg of the glass. There is great malt flavour but it is quickly overshadowed by the imense thickness that the smoke as added or brought out. Its quite a strong flavour, but seems to dull mid palate before a strong aftertaste of the bubbles and smoke. Quite nice, but the smoke in the malt is a bit too peaky before the dull midlle taste, I think some more hops would fit in nicely if they could find a good match.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours near black with a fully receding tan head. Notes of roast malt, pepper, spice, wine, plum, light smoke, toffee and dark bread. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. The smoke was subdued, which allows the more subtle flavors to surface. Quite nice. 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! thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2011
My first rauchbier! Poured a dark, deep brown with a beautiful, light brown head. The aroma was much less mild than expected. Primarily it packed a bold malty punch, with dark wild berries being the most prominent. The flavor was where the smoke spoke out the loudest. A lovely strong smokey flavor dominated a long finish. I guess the palate was supposed to be light given its lower ABV. I was hoping for a little more smoke all around. Butters (4059) - 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. reebtogi (6270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2011
750mL corked bottle poured almost black with a light beige head and good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts with some chocolate and smoke. Taste is malty sweet with some mild smokiness and some bitterness in the finish. Very palateable beer with a fine balance and not overdone with the smoke. Nice carbonation. Robust body.