Beertracker (15) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 3, 2011 Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is all dark malt.
Taste is very subtle, almost no smoke. Soft rye, cocoa, wheat flavors. A little more smoke comes out as it warms but not nearly enough to be obvious. Unpleasant toward the end with an almost chemical aroma.
Mouthfeel is slick, a little chewy and sticky. I’d call this one more bock, doppelbock or porter than a rauchbier as I don’t get much (if any) smoke flavors.
Weeks later, the flavors have meshed slightly better. More of a very subtle smoke element comes through, some astringency is gone, but it still isn’t immediately recognizable as a rauchbier.
Light tannish-beige head. Deep brown color w/ garnet highlights. Light smoke of bacon & hamhock. Big maltiness w/ a dry, spicy finish from the rye. Creamy, smooth. Alcohol underscored, but noticeable. Very approachable. Too bad the brewery’s closed. *Retro review from 2/2008*
Cheers! Beertracker Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Growler. Body-looks like Dr. Pepper or cola. Nose-malt syrup, very light smoke, light cold coffee. Taste-kind of thin, grape, medium sharp mouthfeel, kind of unrefined malt like rye flavor, lightly corny, very slightly lactic. Drinkable but nothing special. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Another masterpiece from this a****le’s brewpub...this is actually pretty decent though and I wish I could say mean things about it...but I can’t...I can say better than mediocre things, so here goes...pour is dork ruby with a small ring of a brown head...smell is smokey with lightly sweet notes of caramel...the aroma really was fantastic...unfortunately, it was like a different beer one I tasted it...I hoped for some great smokey flavors but there were none to be found flavorwise...a thick syrupy mouthfeel and sweetness was all that was to be had...so, I was excited and ready to be impressed after smelling it...but oh well. beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 6, 2008
2 week old Growler, after two pints Pours deep brown with a nice thick two inch tan head,Nice smokiness bacon aroma , sweet malt followed by roast and dark chocolate and then a spicy rye bite in the finish,I thought it most porter like with lots of bitter chocolate in the middle and the smoke and rye really nicely balanced.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
(Growler) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, rye, brown sugar, caramel, and smoked meat. Flavor of rye bread, caramel malt, smoke, and subtle light sourness in the finish.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Dark pour with scant tan head. Slightly smoky nose. Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Flavor is a bit sweet with some smokiness. redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours a dark opaque black into the glass with a medium, chocolate-colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was of alcohol and roasted coffee malt. Flavors: chocolate at first, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, alcohol, and finished a bit hoppy. Probably my favorite of the Covey’s brews I’ve tried so far.
On tap. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours dark brown with a thin, fading tan head, but some nice lacing. Aroma has a lot of rye presence, toast, pumperknickel, a slight amount of chocolate, and a subtle smokiness tying it all together. Pretty sweet flavor, with a substantial rye and toast taste, caramel, and again a bit of smoke holding it all together. Reminded me of some dopplebocks, but with more toast and smoke. Not much to the finish, except subtle smoke and an odd amount of cloying. Not as smoky as Aecht Schlenkerla’s beers, but I doubt that was the aim here. Still there’s a pleasant smoke element tying this all together, even if it doesn’t have that "meaty sausage" taste and aroma of some other smoke beers. Pretty enjoyable and simple. xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Chocolatey and tons of smoke.
Laces well, not much of a lingering head. Burnt sugar color.
Touch sour, but just initially, simple sugar sweet, chocolate and a none to overwhelming smoke flavor.
Very decent, but does not have much of a finish. Kind of cloying in the finish.
737315 Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Dark, smoky and dry. Pretty tasty actually but maybe a bit one dimensional as all I tasted was smoke. Could probably maybe only drink one glass though so drinkablility is questionable.