Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 24, 2017 Jasjin (6) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was most like sipping a bottle of liquid smoke. Almost overpowering. The description "like drinking a campfire" is perfect. Even though I wouldn’t have this again, it was easily one of the most memorable beers I’ve ever had. A wonderful new experience. If you like this style, I would imagine it is one of the best- as is most beer from Rogue. Cheers to Rogue for trying something different. Equally memorable was the Chipotle Ale from Rogue. Although I didn’t care for that one either, I put the remainder of the bottle in my homemade chili and it was awesome.
From May 2007
This pours a clear amber with a very small head of foam that shrinks to just some scattering in the middle and has very little lacing.
The smell is a light malty nose with some hoppiness.
The taste on first sip has a good caramel malt flavour that is followed up quickly by some citrusy hop bitterness. Not much smoke that I can note except maybe in the finish.
Further sips in and the smoke becomes more noticeable but, imho, it doesn't seem to "mesh" too well with the malt and hops.
The mouthfeel is good except near the finish where it borders on being watery and the carbonation is fairly substantial.
Bottom line: I think it's pretty good but it's not something I'd drink on a regular rotation. Try it and see what you think.
gripweed57 (2868) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2017
From old tasting notes. Hazy reddish brown color. Creamy beige head. Smoky chocolate malt nose. Interesting roasted malt flavor with an obvious smokiness that brings to mind hints of Canadian bacon and camp fires. Hoppy finish and complex maltiness. john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Draft Third of a Pint at GBBF 2011 (Day 5), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2011 - Cloudy Orange-amber in colour. Subtle smoke aroma and flavour. Malty; roasty smokey malts, hints of roast cured ham, caramel. Hoppy; spicy and herbal hops. Medium sweet malty spicy flavour. Easy drinking. (2011-08-06)
KevinReddirt (220) - Midland, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2016
My first go at a smoke beer. Poured at a local tavern. Appearance is dark, of course, with very little head. I smell the smoke, of course, and the first taste is the same. That comes with some coffee and a bit of chocolate. Also something earthy. Tobacco perhaps. Variety is good but I’ll take an imperial stout or porter over this. PhillyCraft (7937) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2016
BB log, 12 oz Bottle, pours amber with one finger head. Smell and taste are heavy smoke, fire, spicy hops, grain, and malt. Im not a fan of smoked beers and this is way too much even for that style. Medium bodied. No thanks on this Rogue.
hauxe (939) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
Rated from old notes. Generally a fan of smoked beers but this one did not do it for me. A flat, lifeless experience. Looks like heavy apple cider, smells like salami, tastes like a mistake. Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Poured from a tiny little bottle, thanks to Mike. Very smokey, light malty sweetness, thin bodied, cardboard. brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Thanks, Arturo. Old as hell nip bottle. Chunky dark amber pour with some brown and a bunch of floaters. No head. Smoke, ham, and caramel nose. A bunch of apple as well. Slight raisin sweetness on the tongue. A bunch of smoke, some savory qualities, nuts, and salt. No thanks. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"i ind of liked the smoke flavor, but don’t think i particularly liked the beer behind it. just too harsh, and a little too bitter, with a nut flavor that didn’t go well with the smoke. i’ll pass."
bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Tastes like an IPA soaked smoked salmon fillet. Yes, it actually tastes like that, and I was okay with that.