thedm (6280) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a red brown colored body. The strong aroma was smoky and woody. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of smoky and malt. A decent quaffable brew that I would consider buying again, but I can’t drink too much of this as the smoke becomes overpowering in time.. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Very nice smoked from Upland. I went back for more and more. Poured a deep amber color with a thick head. Lots of aromas, a big meaty punch with lots of yeast in the background. Touches of oak, vanilla, and more meat. Big bold flavor, but not over the top. Very, very nicely balanced. This was delicious. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark but clear brown with just a bit of an off white head. The smoke character was actually pretty ashy throughout. Plenty of a Munich type malt backbone. Pretty easy to drink. Quite tasty actually. deyholla (11909) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2009
On tap at Upland. Poured a dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma was very smokey, kind of like cured meat and a fireplace on a winter evening. Flavor is very smoking but it does not overwhelm as there is an underlying sweet malt note. A nice surprise. kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Draught at Upland. Creamy, pitted, light brown head. Murky, reddish-brown body. Aroma is of light campfire smoke and coals...not as heavy as I had anticipated. Flavor contains more campfire with a touch of smoky meat and some underlying sweet crystal malt. Medium-full bodied, pleasant, lively carbonation. Somewhat sticky, but with a nice, balancing bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Overall very well done. Highly drinkable and repeatable.
ganache (6012) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Rating no. 2100 (surprise!). Draught during their Oktoberfest event (complete with German-sprinkled menus). This is the realization of Tom Wallbank’s UpCup (Pro-Am) winning Rauchbier recipe, and it’s a beaut! Hazy scarlet/brown body with a creamy beige head. Nose is medium-smoky, more campfire than ham. Harsher/sharper than the Bambergers I know, but we can ascribe that to character. Taste is heavy, meaty smoke (not ham). Nice chewy malt, crystal is a little strong and harsh, though. Dry. Full body, nice and sessionable. Would love to see this become a yearly release, even if that entails hand-smoking all the malt.