Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pour is clear golden amber with a thin sticky off white head...smell is smokey bacon and a subtle sweetness of toasted sourdough...taste is lightly sweet at first with a caramel note, then smokey and spicy with some black pepper...well done! StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 Oh my God, this stuff was delicious. Pours orange and murky. Smells just like a damn Ham sandwhich. Tastes just like...you guessed it, a damn ham sandwhich. Exactly like a ham sandwhich. Not so much deli ham, but a big slice of home, oven baked ham. Sound silly? I’m being very serious. But, the thing that makes this beer truly special is that the ham is the dominate flavor, and yet doesn’t overpower the malt and rye character of the beer. My only suggestion would be to figure out a way to make a "Ham on Rye with Cheese and Mayo" beer, since that’s how I like my ham sammitches...but that might be kind of terrible, so this one is fine as is! This is a big chewy beer all around, and if there are no plans to ever bottle this stuff, I will be making a trip to FFF to get a growler. stoutchap (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
On tap at FFF. Coppery color with a small off-white head.l Smoke and bacon in the nose. Weird, but not in an unpleasant way. Tasted liked it smelled, smoky and ham/bacon. A bit of a rye bite in it too. Only thing missing was the mustard (joke). Would have preferred a smaller glass of this and a bigger of the Dark Lord. All-in-all a good smoked beer. Especially liked that it was a collaboration with Piece. Excellent beer to cook with. Mmmmm . . . chili. bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
Draft @ DLD 08: Dark copper/maroon color with a minimal white head. Smoked malts and shockingly enough...ham and...more ham. Seemed odd but it worked and tasted just like it smelled. It wasn’t too heavy on the ham taste that it overpowered the malt aspects but rounded it out nicely. CP (124) - USA - APR 28, 2008
Ham on Rye.....Tastes like Ham on Rye. Seriously. Very nice smoked brew with a very different taste! I hope they start bottling this stuff.
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
Pint at 3F. Pours light brown with a small head. Aroma is rich Bamberg smoked malts. Flavor is mildly hopped and the smoke is middle of the road. This stuff should go one way or the other, instead it just stands in the middle. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
Smoke and rye. The name says it all. Nicely done. Great smoky aroma and finsih. Nice medium body. Enjoyable. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2008
On tap at brew pub. Brownish color. Smell of rye, smoke, malt and spice. Taste of smoked meat, burnt leaves, rye, spice and malt. Not too strong nor too weak. Excellent smoked beer. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 i was very apprehensive the first time i came across this. smoked flavor in beer is nothing new but ham? i dont know how they did it, but the ham is present not only in the flavor but also aroma and even mouthfeel! the palate is the real star here, slick, slimy and even a bit greasy like ham off the bone thats been resting in the fridge overnight. rye is upfront in the aroma and flavor but the smoked character isnt to rauchbier levels, its not subtle but its certainly tasteful and classy. beginning to end, one of the most unqiue and enjoyable beers ive ever sampled. had this in late spring 2008 and again that fall on tap at FFF. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 1/2/10. Live rate @ 3F. Orange amber with thin beige head smoke and ham nose. Ashy wood like embers of bonfire with meat roasting above it. Smooth creamy body Dry earthy wood with smoked ham and malts bitter earthy finish. Solid.
3/15/08 On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange brown with a tall off white head. Lots of easter ham in the nose with malt, and wood that’s been sitting out in the rain. A lot of the ham juices are in the flavor with a malt sweetness to balance it out. Smooth and sessionable with an earthiness and spiceness in the finish that must be from the rye. It would be easy to drink a couple of these. Well done guys. 8/4/7/3/15 = 3.7
9/27/08 I’m glad they had this on again, and I had a chance for a couple more pints of this. That nose is so robust of smoke, with wood, and a spicy ham off of the orange brown pour. The flavor doesn’t have the smoke, but it has the meat. Easter ham is what I thought again. The hog isn’t overdone either. Some malt, spice, and a finish that’s slightly bitter. This is so drinkable. I love it. 8/4/8/3/16 = 3.9