maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Nose has some strong smokey notes to it with just a hint of sweetness underneath. Taste is very slightly sweet, but has some bitter smokiness to it. Sammy (12178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 A very drinkable smoked beer, with complexity. I think having for 1.5 years helped (note on bottle said 5 year shelf life).
Moderate smoke aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Lasting small head. phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Smoked cherry raisin chocolate malts throughout. Don’t think smokeed ales are anyone’s go to beer but this was interesting. I drank it all myself with a half rack of ribs. Probably not a better way to drink it food wise. atlrizzob (225) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a deep amber. Smell is smoky with a note of applejuice. Taste is smoke with a malty ash aftertaste. 2.8 mainly because the unique style, but kind of unpleasant to drink, more so than the other smoked beer I have tasted. Probably just didn’t suit my taste. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a straight forward brown color with a small tan head. The nose is mostly dark malt with a hint of smoke on the back end. The flavor follows suit with slight earthy notes, a hint of wood, and a little malt sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A little more smoke presence would do wonders for this brew, but it’s still pretty decent.
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is light brown with a half inch of tan head that leaves sparse lacing. The aroma is smoke, peat, campfire. Just what one would expect from a beer of this ilk. Good flavor. A notch below the authentic examples of the style, particularly Aecht Schlenkerla, who reigns supreme. That said, this is a fine rauchbier from an American brewery, albeit one that is about as close to Germany as possible...maybe there’s something to that. Medium bodied, with a lasting smokiness on the palate. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-12-2011 ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, smoke, vanilla, and some spices.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and darker malts with some dark fruits, and some spices. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some more Belgian yeast flavors including some more spices and some dark fruits. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, smoke, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, smokey, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good complexity and balance. The smoke on top of the dubbel is a nice touch. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Smoke and a hint of wood in the nose. Pours a cloudy tea color with an off-white mostly diminishing head. Taste is a combination smoke and sweetness. Hints of honey combined with a woody smokiness provides a smooth bodied and soft carbonation beer. Overall, very drinkable but not one that I would want to one after the other.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle from the BA Buffalo Bottleshare. Pours dark mahogany shade amber with small foamy off white head. Bready and smoke in the nose. Taste contiurs with the smoke adds slight toffee and biscuit. Full body but drinkable. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Beechwood smoke and light bread evolve in a dryish mouthfeel, leading to a peppery ending.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy red.
-Carbonation feels natural, which is perfect for this type of refined flavor profile.
-Drinkability is quite high despite this brew’s strength.
-Body is lean and clean.