GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
651mL thanks to tastybeer. Pours deep maroon. Low carbonation. Nose is a bit soapy, good dose of smoke and chocolate. Taste is chalky, a bit bland and soapy. Lemon tea. Soapy, watery finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle thanks to Brigadier! Dark black pour, small ring of carbonation and a rich aroma of smoked meats. Flavor is metallic smoke, lightly charred beef brisket, peat and more lingering smoke on the aftertaste. Very nice, like a lighter version of Surly Smoke. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Black with big, fine-bubbled, brown head / Mellow nose of cocoa, grass, melon and smoke / Light to medium body, aggressive carbonation, a touch weak in malts with bitter finish / Odd flavors of cut grass, smoke, salami, and cocoa, with notes of melon / For me, the light body and fruit of such lagers don’t hold up well to the smoke. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
22oz bottle from Keg Liquors in New Albany, IN. Slight gusher that pours a black body with a big, three finger-width, foamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is mellow chocolates with some roast and a light peat smoke. Light coffee notes in there too. Flavor is similar. Lightly sweetened chocolates with a moderate roast, some light peat smoke, wood, and a few coffee notes. Finishes dry and roasty with a light sweetness and a light smoke. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a lively carbonation. Overall, I may have gotten a below average bottle because it was a light gusher and a bit over carbonated. Not a whole lot of smoke in this bottle, but it kind of worked with the chocolates and roasts. I’ll have to try this again in the future. kermis (13478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and a little smoke. Flavour is fairly smokey, light to medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.
deanso (10136) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUL 26, 2012
75cl bottle shared with frends.
Almost no head. Clear black pour. A nice beer. Cihocolate aftertaste. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Pours very black with brown edges, almost purple, with very little toffee-colored head. Nose includes coffee, some bbq smoke, rum, charred wood, plums, and cherries. Taste is lightly sweet and moderately bitter, with slight savory and tart notes. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, oily, sticky, with a tingly bitterness and softer carbonation. A really nice beer, not quite like anything I’ve had to date. bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a very dark brown with a huge carbonated dark tan head. Once the head settled down some, a slow pour helped keep the carbonation down some when pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass. Head retention is good, and there’s also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like smoked malts (and meats), roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and coffee. It tastes like smoked malt/meat, roasted/charred malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy, but has way too much carbonation. Even though the carbonation did settle down some while I was drinking it, it was still a bit too much for me in the end. Overall I thought this was a good brew, I’ll try this again in the future and hope that the carbonation in the next bottle isn’t as strong as this one was. $7.99 a bottle. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
22 oz bomber pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoke. Taste is smoky and malts.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2012
Pours black with spongy tan head and lots of lacing. Aromas of campfire smoke and spices. Nice flavor of smokiness and roastiness. Lightly sweet with some bitter undertones. Smooth, medium bodied, and long finish. Overall, this is a very good beer. Really like the strong smoke aromas and flavor that compliments the black lager. Well done.