hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2008
on tap in Princeton. Clear deep amber pour, with a medium off white head. Alot of smoked malt in the aroma- smoked ribs, fire, wood, caramel, and toasted malts. Taste is heavily smoked malts and wood, balanced incredibly well by caramel and toasted malts. The smoked malts are pretty intense- maybe a notch below the Aecht beers, but still very assertive. Body is medium. Finishes with lingering notes of smoked meat and sweet caramel. Another masterpiece from Tom. egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Poured a dark amber color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malts, caramel, wood, and a bit of nuts. Taste of some sweet caramel up front, with more nuts, smokey, burnt wood, and light alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Hazy darker amber color with an off-white pillowy head. Aroma is big and powerful - lots of smoky big maltiness with some spicyness and tortilla chips. Taste has a big smoky-malt flavor with some sweetness thrown in. Smoke is not of the excessive campfire variety, but powerful and consistent. Some subtle hops and tortilla chips thrown in at the end. Nice feel with a lasting finish. I’m liking this one - one of Triumph’s best brews. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Oh, the pockmarked, rich ecru head rises in my Duvel tulip perfectly. The color is divine, so deeply reddish brown. Aroma is bready, with flowers and a touch of cinnamon and smoked malt. Flavor is a broad expanse of buttered but crispy toast, a touch of caramel, wet wood, and a tobacco spiciness. This is a world class Dunkel/Bock type deal. Drinkable in the extreme (what is the abv?). Gets a touch bitter towards the warm end, with a tad of a sour curl. Better than the Eisenbahn, and that is saying something. From a growler sent by JB175!
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Clear copper color, tan head. Intensely smoked nose, very forward and robust - smoked honey, toast, bread, crackers, a bit of sweet smoked walnut wood... intense and exciting aroma. Heavy smoke flavor: resinous, oily, charred grains and dry wood all over this thing. Very similar to a Schlenkerla clone, that’s what it brings to mind. Full body, sticky, slightly sweet, and again that word: intense.
Stine (1796) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Growler; a week old. Garnet brown pour, lightly transparent with gold and rusty orange highlights; web-like lacing and a resilient cap of white. Raw, smoky aroma of honey ham baked in caramlized sugar, and stone ground brown mustard; hints of rye, and sauerkraut. Pungent and forceful smoke, made delicate with a soft, understated sweetness. Taste brings a slightly tart caramel and apple sweetness, built with a deep lagered fruitiness and the thoroughgoing smoke permeation. Lots of pleasant, peaty, earthy Schlenkerla tones, with beats of banana, Munich, toffee, and hazelnut; for the most part, citrusy beechwood smoke tends to dominate with a wet cloud of damp, bitter earth, accented with cardamom and anise seed. Palate is medium bodied, sweet and lightly sticky; zesty orange and lemon peels give a lively touch of hoppiness to complement the ample smoke. Finishes softly with a laid back remnant of raw bacon, floral honey and pine cone sap. Well done. Thanks Jason! Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Tap at Triumph Phillly. Pours a nice amber woody brown with a nice tight thin head. Aroma is nice nutty woody smoke with lots of meats, but slightly skewed towards campfire and smpoked salmon and a nice toffee caramel sweetness- smokiness isnt quite as smooth or refined as Heller Trum. Flavor is also very nutty and smokey with lots of woody smoke- beechwod an d some campfire alder character. Smooth and sweet finish. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2008
G.A.B.F. 2008: Pours a copper color with a creamy tan head. Smoky!! Finally, an American interpretation that’s smoky! Meaty aroma, bacon, campfire and lots of earth. Creamy body with a nice smoky flavor. Maple bacon, hearty bready malts, campfire earthiness. Finishes with a nice balancing dryness. Smoky, and tasty! Nice! keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Philly location. I thought this was very good. Subtle smoky aroma. Taste had smoked wood, sweetness, nuts. Great with a burger. Like a liquid slim jim. Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Tap at princeton. Poured gold with white head. Aroma of meat. Strong meaty/smoked flavor from start to finish. Good smoke.