3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown and clear color with a tah head. A little thin, especially up front, with some smoky meat and cheese flavors, and a thin milky finish. Light plasticy smoke flavors everywhere, with some gouda and smoked cheddar later on. Not impressed.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black. Head was nice at first, but it faded fast like a Coca-Cola. Come to think of it, there were some soda-like qualities in the flavor of this beer. Body was on the thin side at first, but there were times where it seemed to thicken a little. Chewy aromas of wood, campfire-soaked flannel, baker’s chocolate and vanilla. Flavors of heavy salt, brown sugar ham and burnt marshmallow crust. Smoke aromas in the background wove in and out. Some toffee sweetness at the base, but its bitter-burnt robust side surely stood out the most.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Black w/ light tan head. Smells of bacon, smoked fish, salt. Taste is salty, smokey and meaty. One of the most unique noses Ive encountered.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle: Deep brown/black pour, with a tan sustaining head. Aromas were of bacon, lots of smoke, and salt. Flavor followed the aroma closely with lots of campfire and slighter sweet malts (some chocolate) fading in the background. Finished as smokey as it started, with a thick, chewy mouthfeel. A little bit overdone, as the smoked malt resembles fried bacon a bit to much.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark opaque brown pour, with some slight brown head. Nose is bacon. Taste is all bacon, with some maltiness. Medium bodied. I appreciate the style, but not for me.
omhper (24645) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Nearly black. Rich beechwood smokey aroma. Fairly sweet with medium body and notes of licorice. Perhaps the mouthfeel is a bit clean, but otherwise it very good and thoroughly well made.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet roasted aroma. Very subtleroasted body. Medium-bodied and very easy drinking. A refreshing porter.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 Pour is a deep red/black with a quickly going fizzy head. Wish for a creamier head... Anyway, as far as rauchs go, this one is waaaaay subdued. Malty and fruity nose of coffee, chocolate, Dark fruits. Only with my nose practically in the beer do I smell campfire and ham. But it is there. Taste is better. Far easier than Schlenkerla, but the fire and smoke are there. Without the smoke, this is a somewhat sour porter, with faint coffee notes. As the porterness subsides, the campfire comes out to play. Tastes like smoked ham dipped in coffee, finishing with a smokey, woodsy finish. Not too shabby, I say. Just a bit thin in palate and taste.
2/8/8: Re-Rate. They have redone this beer. Since deciding to put in 12oz bottles, they have made this better. As my girlfriend points out, this tastes like true black forest ham, the stuff that has been smoke cured, not the typical mass market bs. Very nice and flavorful, without over powering you. Very nice.
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 I feel like you really need to search for some smoke in this beer. It took me a couple to start getting it, then was kind of hammy. I would prefer a more upfront drier smoke. Beer was opaque black. and rolled across the tounge with little CO2. I’d just like more smoke.
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The commercial description more than aptly captures this beer’s appearance: "black mahogany", although it failed to note the well-sized, light brown head, that receded slowly to an oily film. Roasted barley and smoky aromas, but not in excess like Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, et al. Rich flavors fill the mouth, with roasted bitters and rounded malts. (My bottle came equipped with a rubberbanded neck-tag that stated ’chococlate undertone balanced the bitterness of the hops..." and I concur.) Flavors were enhanced by a hearty carbonation. Rich mouthfeel, oily and full.
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