Atheist_Peace (1042) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Now this was one old bottle and the aging had great effects.
Pours dark brown with a toffee head. Lots of smoke and dark fruit with a bit of grain, some chocolate notes and a nice little woodiness. All of the same elements come out on the palate. Surprisingly great considering the bottle was at least 3 years old and only 5%ABV. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 My Bottom Line:beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 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...
Pours a dark brown color with brown highlights and a thick light brown head. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, mild roasted malt and smoked malt that reminds me of smoked ham. The flavor is quite solid, smoked malt, roasted malt and chocolate entertain my senses. The body is medium with a smooth, close to creamy texture and gentle carbonation. It’s a bit different from what I expected but this is very enjoyable and well crafted, Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
In short: A smoky chocolate lager with a rich creamy body. Unusual and very good.grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
How: Bottle 750ml, first batch, consumed fresh one month after its release
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is moderately smoky nose but not in a Shlenkerla-smoky fashion. This is more like a burnt cake/bakery smoke. Taste is pleasantly chocolaty, black chocolate without the bitterness. Light fruity touch of prunes and figs. Not very smoky in the mouth with only a light smoke presence. Really full chewy body, like a melted chocolate cake. Appropriate relaxed carbonation. Another superb S.S. from Les Trois Mousquetaires. With the S.S. Rauchbier, S.S. Alt Secrète and S.S. Oktoberfest Blonde I haven’t seen so many effective S.S. since the heydays of Heinrich Himmler.
Dégusté avec viak dans un verre de fin du monde et acheté à la trappe à fromage de Gatineau. Apparence noir avec un très faible reflet brun avec ub petit dépôt et une mousse généreusse. Arômes de mélasse, un peu de cerise, brownies et fûmé à l’hicory. Goût de fûmé, de mélasse, d’hicory, de levure et d’olive noir. Un bon corp, huilleuse avec une bonne amertume. Wow! une bière superbe.
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp!TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
Dark brown, nice beige head. Nose has lots of smoke, roast malt, and some mushroom. Favor is a little less enticing with moderate of smoke, malt, slight chocolate. Smooth palate, creamy. Not the meaty, salty notes of Schlenkerla, but still quite nice.
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) 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a dark unclear brown with a lovely medium frothy tan foamy head that fades into a fide frothy top layer. Nice smokey beechwood aroma, chocolate, grass, roast and some acidity. Flavor follows but sweeter with great acidity, chocolate, grass, sticky deep roasted barely and then smokey beechwood. Long chocolate syrup aftertaste. This is definitely more of a smoked porter. Medium bodied with a full mouth feel with uniform fizzy carbonation, a bit chewy. thornecb (6149) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Pours deep, clear mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Light smoke and cured meat aromas. Smooth with upfront slightly sour dried fruits and a slick, lasting smoked licorice finish. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle, from VBM. Deep mahogany brown body, tan head w. nice lacing. Nose is smoked fish/iodine, rich malt. Flavor is smoke, light chocolate, rich malt - almost caramel. Some apple. More cocoa comes out in the really nicely smoky finish. Much crisper than Aecht Marzen - I’m unsure if that is a genuine difference, or merely a freshness issue.