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 (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2002
I smelled smoke, I tasted smoked, I liked the smoke!
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). Andrew196 (1858) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
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.
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. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 13, 2002
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 (193) - 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. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 cloudy dirty brown with tiny particles dancing like wolves, bald as george costanza, smokey aroma, smokiness of course, low carbination and I would have hoped for more, stale smoke finish, definitely not as good as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, there"s just something unsatisfying in this beer Re-Rate 2002 22 oz edition: some creamy head was formed on this baby..the aroma was real firey smoke with fresh hops peaking through..a touch of acidity was noticed as the aroma melts to nothingness..lively carbination greets the toungue..creaminess is noticed next..with a smokey subtleness that is not quite subtle but which is subtle too..creamy..big hoppiness for a smoked beer..much better than that old 7oz bottle i had the first time. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2002
(650 ml bottle)Clear,amber/orange with a thin head and lace. Nose is a wonderful smokey malt. Thin to medium bodied, sharp carb bite. Palate is full of smokey goodness, malts definitly show up in a firm manner, saaz hops add some addicting bitterness. This is wonderful. As it warms and the more you drink, smoke is less evident and the other qualities are enjoyed. Not as full or rich as the schlenkera’s but stands well on its own. Would definitley have again.