MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Strong smokey aroma, dull brown color, taste like ham....................... JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Definitely better than I thought it would be. Smoky aroma and flavor, but a nice hoppy ale with a kick of Kenny Rogers Roasters. Beautiful color, nice head, good flavor. Very nice effort - you'll be wanting some pulled pork carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - AUG 24, 2002
This is a ballsy beer considerng it taste like smoke! I give them credit for trying but I wouldnt drink it again. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Mostly clear amber. Small foamy tan head. Moderate carbonation. Generous aroma of Beechwood smoke. Not too heavy but inviting. Medium light body. Initially crisp at the back of the throat. First wave of smokiness coats the palate and hangs around for a while. Decent, as expected, hop bite. Spicy and bitter and lingering. Slightly more carbonated than most smoked brews, but still remains smooth and easy drinking. Yeast pour clouds the brew, smothers the smoke a bit and increases the bitter hop profile. Flavor becomes bland as it sits and warms. Hop flavor seemingly overwhelms the malt body beneath. Does get a bit thicker towards the end. Finishes with an increased smoke essence, softer body and less hops. Started out good, faded and then finishes with gusto. A good session BBQ brew, but I would prefer more smoke and less hops. It's just not 'raunchy' enough. mribm (463) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2002
I smelled smoke, I tasted smoked, I liked the smoke!
Andrew196 (2015) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Nice smokey orange color with a nice creamy head.
A great blend of malt, hops and smoke. I like this beer on cold winter nights, however it isn't doing too bad this summer. This is definately an acquired taste (like Alaskan Smoked Porter).
Color was hazy orange, had weak head. Aroma of sweet apples and pepper...oh yeah, and smoke too. Was sort of complex in flavor...hoppy sweetness, pepper. Very different kind of beer....not bad. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Reddish-brown, cloudy. Smoky bacon, mixed with fruitiness in the aroma (bananas? pears?) produces an interesting combination. At first I thought that it would be a good novelty beer to have every now and then, but not something for everyday consumption. The nice lingering smoked aftertaste has me convinced otherwise at this point. Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 Not sure of the age of this bottle. Due to the incredibly thin body and the subdued smoke flavor I almost want to say this bottle was from 98 as i got it from the same store as a McRogue 98. The body was just too thin and the smoke too subdued to get high marks. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Re-Rate: Ugggh. Liquid beef jerky. Im not a huge fan of smoked beers but i've never had one that tasted exactly like meat before. No complexity, just beechwood smoke and meat.
Thought I had a bad bottle until I saw these reviews. Virtually no carbonation, no head and an abundance of smoke. Too much for me. This may make a good marinade though for BBQ pork but not good for my stomach. dankfor20 (196) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 5, 2002
cloudy orangey color. very nice aroma. i had a few sips when it was cold and it definately tasted smokey almost too much. as i let it warm though it seemed to calm down though.