JK (6331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Bottled winter 2014. Black color. It s a little past its prime. Subtle smoke in the aroma. Malt, medium toast and some subyle smoke here as well. Even with the age, it still has good palate.i would like more smoke. Nuffield (4202) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Dark brown color. Chocolate nose, cocoa powder. Deeper toasted notes in the flavor. Moderate palate. Not bad. (at 2015 Summer Beer Dabbler, St. Paul, MN) tfontana (1148) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2015 Bottle from Brewery. Aroma is smoky, roasted malt breadiness, with fruit and chocolate hints. Appearance is opaque black with a light brown head and mild lacing. Taste is moderate sweet maltiness with mild smoke, chocolate and liquor flavor. Palate is light bodied with thin, creamy texture. Smooth. Overall, a really nice sweet beer that doesn’t go over the top and has some nice complexity. Slipstream (2709) - USA - JUN 12, 2015
Malty, coffee cake scent, and there is lots of coffee in the flavor. There is also a touch of green, smoky funk in the flavor that blends in surprisingly well. A dash of herbal hops. This is a top notch brew, and probably the best I have had yet from White Birch. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
22 ounce bottle, Winter 2014 vintage (Batch One, bottle count of 6000, 8.0% ABV). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like smoked malt, caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some nuttiness noticeable. The smoke seems stronger in the flavor in comparision to the amount of smoke in the aroma, and the smokiness lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was good, definitely worth picking up! $6.99 a bomber.
JaBier (8307) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle sample at the tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/5/15. Pours brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, light booze and soft fruit. Malty flavor combined with a hammy smokiness before a roasted malt finish. malrubius (3044) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from Table & Vine. Dark brown with lasting head and lace. Very smoky ashey toasted caramel chocolate aroma. Smoky roasted chocolate coffee caramel subdued fruit sweetness with smoky roasted ashy mild bitter finish. medium body. Lingering ashy smokiness. NAILED IT! Fucking excellent. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead Holger Danske. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2015
One of the better smoked beers that ive had and it is interesting that it is a nut brown. Great nuttiness complements the smoke and a good sweet malt to balance. islay (3036) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2014
Approximately 14 oz. pour from a 22 oz. bottle. Consumed on 4-1-14. Lightly smoky aroma features barbecue, peach salsa, molasses, salty pretzel, and blueberry scents. Pours dark brown with a small amount of wispy, taupe/tan head. Passable but boring appearance. Simple, nice, smoky taste features rye bread and brown sugar flavors. Some sweetness but predominantly dry, although in a way that seems to be coming from the barley rather than the hops. Medium body. Lively in an otherwise forgettable palate. Tavern Ale is quite drinkable and moderately enjoyable but too simple and forgettable to be anything better than a mediocre craft brew. I certainly would try something from this brewery again, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with this offering. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with a nice khaki tan head that settles slowly. Aroma has good roasted malt and smokey peat and subtle chocolate scents. Taste is peat and smokiness with a dry roasted malt back ground and chocolate undertones and a bit of bitterness. Palate is medium and chalky with a drying finish. Solid!