dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014 BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yuck. Actually poured this one out (and it takes a lot for me to actually pour out a brew). Funky aroma of dark fruit, smoke, black pepper, and lemonzest. Flavor is sweet, sour, and peppery...lots of chocolate and tobacco with a weird lactic sourness. Very thin body with little carbonation and visually similar to murky pond water. Avoid!!!
Bottle from Joey! Dark reddish brown pour. Peppery caramel aroma. Clean bock like body, pepper notes with some dark fruit notes. Pretty good. AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Ryan and Casey’s Liquors for $6.35. Smoked malt nose. Some light dark fruit.Dark brown color with particles of yeast on a slow pour. Tasted is a really funky and loaded with smoked. The smoked peat over powers everything else in this beer. This really should be listed as a smoked beer. Like drinking campfire ashes. I had a hard time drinking 12 oz. of this stuff. thornecb (5914) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Oh no the head crackles worse than a coke and recedes to nothing. Smoked gouda aromas. Sharp with smoked gouda front to back and into the lasting sour and bitter finish. I like the gouda...but not the appearance, palate or finish. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave and Ben on March 17th, 2012.dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown.
Aroma: Aroma is dominated by malt and smokiness.
Taste: Light bitterness, lots of smoke.
Palate: Medium body.
Summary: Surprised this isn’t a smoke beer, but rather a belgian strong. For what it tries to be(in my mind), it is pretty solid.
Very malty, roasty, with a good bit of smoke as well....very interesting but ultimately not that good. Might be worth aging a good bit if you have one to see how it works. Didn’t love it fresh.
ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2012 Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/17/12
Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Aroma: The nose has some roasted malts, a little smoke, and some fruity hints
Appearance: This one pours a dark reddish brown color with a small head
Flavor: The taste is smokey and roasted malts most, it tastes much like the nose
Palate: The body of this one is medium, it has an average carbonation, and a decent drinkability
This was an interesting one for sure. I have no clue how to classify it, and while I did find it interesting, I didn’t find it to be a standout. It’s certainly well worth trying.
Dark ruby brown with a thin head of white. Aroma and taste are both burnt, band-aidy peaty phenolics. Heavy on all fronts with deep astringency. This is dark and weird, but not exactly horrible. $5/22oz Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2011
Brown coloured bere with non to little carbonation and a medium off-white head. Rather light, little smokey fruity touched aroma. Full light creamy palate. Finish is bitter roasted, light smokey malty hinted. Special herby with a light bitter ending. Not bad. jgb9348 (6259) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Deep dark brown coloured body with a muddy glow and a very thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of raisins, smoked peat, malt, caramel and a bunch of dirt & tobacco. Medium-bodied; Assertive malty and peaty flavour at first with a bunch of dirt and earthy flavours and a lot of caramel and sweetness to finish it all off. Aftertaste shows more peat and smoked characters with some malt and a very light spiciness at the end. Overall, a decent beer, not sure what category it truly belongs in, but not a bad beer - just not a great one in an overly defined category. Worth trying if you can find it to sample the breweries special beers. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 20-September-2010. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bomber. Poured cola brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter honey and molasses with some cocoa as it warmed up.. fruity yeast laced throughout.. lightly toasty.. not really sure what this was supposed to be, but it was OK. The flavor found primarily cocoa and molasses at the core, with dry toffee and fruity yeast through there.. hot and a touch medicinal on the finish.. lots of residual sugars too. Medium-plus bodied and increasingly spicy on the palate.. weird stuff.