DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011
2 oz. taster at Bavarian Lodge. Cloudy—dare I say "smoky"—brown, with very little foam. Smoke in the nose is more of a Gouda with rind on than a ham. Very low carbonation, did not find out if this was on cask or not, but the lessened bubble do in fact fit the taste. Keeps the smoky taste smooth, again like a gouda cheese. I even got some sherry and fruity wine notes. Plays well with all parts of my tongue, not harsh like some smoke beers. Rye spiciness in the mash figures nicely, too. Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
From notes, 12/2009.
Collaboration between FFF and Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewery in Chicago. A rye beer brewed with smoked malt. As a demi-vegetarian, I almost felt guilty drinking this.
Caramelized amber with a one finger lightly tanned head. Like bread. The beer leaves minimal lacing.
Aroma is where this beer wins. Bready malt, rye, and a nice smokiness. I’m not much on rauchbiers, but the smoke in this one is honest-to-God like smelling cured ham. Spicy and sweet, this is a fine nose. The taste is good, but it isn’t quite as Ham on Rye as the nose is. Sweeter caramel malts with smoke lingering in the background. Some spicy hop presence.
Medium-bodied with a nice creaminess. Easy to drink, and a nice complement to a good meal. When I saw the name on the menu, I had to try it, and I wasn’t disappointed. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: clear deep copper under a puffy white head which slowly crawls up the sides of my glass.
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Nose: gentle smoke. Cedar chips. Touch of spice in the back tickles. Massive loaves of freshly baked and cooling rye bread happily dominate the middle. Apple chips in the back; crunchy and sweet.
Palate: smooth and bready. Chewy rye breads up front and in the middle with smoke smooth and long in the back. Clean finish and mouthfeel; medium. Apples mingle in the middle with the rye bread. Exquisitely quaffable. Touch of meatiness in the middle complemented by the smoke; bacon. Only bitterness is from apple skins.
Final Thoughts: I love smoke, though it can be an acquired love it/leave it for some. Whether subtle such as this or BAM in your face, I’ll take my smoke both ways thankyouverymuch. A tasty brew enjoyed in the cozy confines of the 3Floyds Brewpub. Indeed, life is good.
Tap at ’08 DLD. Nose is smoked caramel and nuts, some peppery phenols. Taste is smoked meats, some nutty malts, spicy rye. Decent smoked. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2010
On draft at the Louisville Beer Store - Pours dark amber with a thin mostly receding off white head. Notes of toffee, toasted malt, meaty, smoke, plum and cherry. Medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation. Fairly mild smoke flavor, somehow ham flavors are more dominant. The power of suggestion?
Block (3183) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Brown pour. Aroma is roasted with hints of smoke, dark fruits and some other stuff. Nice and smooth with a bitter finish. NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is not that smoky. I find hints of rye, toffee, and woody bitterness. The flavor is great and funny. This really tastes like a ham on rye sandwich. For real. The finish is a little sweet which resembles beer, but otherwise this is liquid ham and rye. Awesome. Tmoney99 (14965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Draft at IBG 2010 Winterfest. Poured dark brown hue with a medium creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good smokey and toasted earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted complex spicy flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex average beer for this house.
deyholla (12246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a hazy brown with an amber hue an a light brown head. Aroma had a smokey ham note and dark rye malts. Flavor was smokey with a finish of dark malts and rye. Does taste a bit like ham on rye. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Draft. Pours a clear dark rusty amber with a small fine creamy white froth. Aroma of caramel, faint but a robust smoke, caramel, light hop edge, fruity sweetness, does make me think salty ham. Flavor is quite balanced, sweet but on the dryer side, melded soft caramel, some ham-like flavor on the finish, a bit fruity, round, seemingly lager-ish. Round, fruity, fizzy carbonation, medium bodied.