TBone (18551) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2009
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Dark brown color, small brown head. Hoppy-grassy nose. Cut grassy-sweaty hops and grapes in the flavor. Although being a collaboration beer, has typical Sierra Nevada house flavor.
Smoke and fruit on the nose, is followed by deep rich smoky vinous body, with lots of hoppy bitterness, a hint of sweet dried fruit, some citrus and resin notes, and a smoky dry bitter finish. Very chewy and satisfying. yespr (48895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
From tap at the Rake. Pours clear and golden deep orange to amber with a small tan head. Roasted caramelish and pinewood hoppy aroma. Solid hoppy flavoured yet with a somewhat smokey note. Roasted, smoked and quite hoppy fruity flavoured into the finish. omhper (25948) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear nut brown, small head. Restrained grapefruit aroma. The very clean mouthfeel prevents most of the malt flavours to come out. Just slight caramela nd smoke that fails to compete with the rather vague hops. Some late hop bitterness. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
A Mes rate. Keg at the Rake.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2009
Well... this is a bit of an odd one. Thankfully, odd in an interesting way. I’ve had plenty of smoked beers, it’s one of my favourite styles, but never one this hoppy before. Darkish brown with a thin oily off white head. Aroma is clearly Sierra Nevada hoppy stuff but the darker malt and smoke hint that this is just that little bit different. The flavour is just the same but the smoke comes on really late. Not before there is a really good hit of earthy malt and grassy hoppage. There is an almost peaty note and then a building, germoline infused smoky finish. The delicate dryness on the palate makes for effortless drinkability too. My overall impression is that of a beer that is uncomplicated yet really enjoyable. Good work Mike and Rich for making this happen.
(At Rake, Thanks Tom) Dark red-brown colored with little yellow head. Rich rye-chocolaty aroma with nice smoke coming up, some berries also present. Medium bodied, smooth palate. Flavor has roastiness in start with berries and rye also here, aftertaste dries with smoke, nice bitter hops also come up. ekstedt (7007) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2009
From a bottle at SB&WF. Dark reddish, medium creamy off-white head. Fruity and berryish, slightly smokey, with spicy hops. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. DDry with medium bitterness. Could really have liked this without the smokiness. bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2009
Tap in the White Horse at Parsons Green. Deep ruby brown with a lively beige collar. Smokey aroma with a hint of fresh hops. Flavour similar with smoked grains masking the hops which are noticably oily. Good smooth mouth feel with alcohol well disguised. Very decent. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2009
Cask in the rake. It was good to get to try this before even the people who brewed it got to try, my bosses, hehe! Aroma is subtley raugh smoked malt, fairly balanced sweetness of toffee and some light citrus fruits comign through. Taste is really well balanced for the style and strength, the alcohol is seriously well hidden, unusually the citrusy bitetring hop goes well with the smoked malts, it goes down immencly well. Good effort alround!