holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2011
On tap at the hopcat in the summer of 09. Aroma of bacon, smoke, and toasted char. Earthy toasted malt flavors with bacon all over. Roast and rye in the finish. Somewhat bitter. Decent. alexsdad06 (10485) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Sample @ MBGSF 08 (from notes). Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized fluffy ecru head. The aroma is smoked meats, woody, hints of caramel, touches of fruit and somewhat earthy. The flavor has a nice combination of smoke and the underlying malts. There are fruity notes, hints of caramel and light bitterness. Medium bodied with a drier finish. Very interesting beer.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
Rusty color with a dense, lasting, off-white head. Soft caramel aroma with campfire, cedar, and bread notes. The flavor is definitely smoke at first with some hints of nuts, spice and a slight noble twang and vegetal finish. Creamy medium body with soft carbonation. jsquire (4525) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
At the ’08 MBG festival. Deep reddish amber color with a thin khaki head. The nose reminded me of smoked liver sausage and bacon. This is a very smokey beer with lots of smoked bacon, roasted grains, and some burnt coffee. The finish has hints of campfire and greasy cast iron skillet. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2008
2008 MiBGF: Deep brown with an okay frothy off-white head. The aroma has smoked wood and smoked meat overtones along with a roasted and caramel vapour, grassy and earthy esters as well. The taste has a moderate smoke character throughout with some mild bitterness and ripe dark fruits in support. The mouth feel is lively and sharp with an ashy dry finish. This is a very good bier, well done for the style.
Tmoney99 (14622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Draft sample at MBGF07. Poured brown color with an average creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium balanced smoke flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Anniversary Trip 2007RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2006
5/18/2007: Pours a pretty clear amber color with a small, but dense ivory head. The aroma is mildly smoky with some red white/vineous qualities. The smoke is well balanced in the aroma. The smokiness falls of somewhat at the finish. The finish is also balanced and has an even dryness. I like how the beer transitions from smoky to malty and complex part way through. This beer is creamy, smooth, and mellow in the mouth. This was my favorite of the Saugatuck offerings. They only use 65% smoked malt in this brew, so this would be a good starter beer for those looking to get into Rauchbier (smoked beer). While talking to the brewer while I was there I found out that they have done an imperial version of this beer that they said was awesome. I would love to try that one and would also love to see these guys do a 100% smoked malt Rauchbier!
Draught sample and ping (7.0% ABV) at Saugatuck Brewing Company in Saugatuck, Michigan.
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 This beer has a moderately smoky aroma, and a distinct roasted malt nose. The flavor of smoke is subdued, but distinct...I really enjoyed the experiment. While this brewer is generally very conservative, aiming to "introduce" beer novices in the area to new flavors, this is a rather bolder approach. I think they would be well served to go even farther on a couple of styles so that they might have some more robust options for their customers to move up to.