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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Truly a ground breaking beer, this Barrel aged Rauchbier was an attempt to replicate the flavors present in Islay Scotch Whiskey. We used Munich malt as a base and added copious amounts of Beechwood and Peat smoked malt, which provides the intense smoky and earthy peat flavors found in Scotch. Then the addition of Alderwood smoked salt lends a crisp brininess that is reminiscent of the sea air in the Islay region of Scotland. Aged in used Angel’s Envy Bourbon Barrels to give an intense caramel, vanilla and whiskey flavor.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8224) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Abmer coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Spicy aroma, no notes of smoke, and well, the delicate smoke is in the flavor, nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHSRanders (1962) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle. Clear golden color with medium creamy white mostly lasting head. Smoked flavor. Sweet flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12675) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter fklavor. Some fruity notes along with the smoked notes. Average moderate bitter nice smoked notes. Average moderate bitter finish. oily palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4083) - BELGIUM - APR 23, 2016
Bomber bought online. I am a bit weary about this seen my previous experiences with this brewery and alas: upon removing the wax with a knife, a hissing sound already announced that it was going to be impossible to open this without gushing. Luckily I was well prepared for this and managed to reduce the ’beer loss’ to a minimum. Thin, regular, off-white to very pale beige head retaining well on the edges, hazy amberish orange blonde robe with somewhat pinkish hue. Aroma, as announced on the bottle, is heavily dominated by peat, in the medicinal iodine-like way I still haven’t completely managed to appreciate; underneath this peat bomb, I find hints of smoked bacon, (lightly moldy) orange, light caramel, hay, bourbon, honey, cigarette tobacco, fried egg, bread dough, wet wood but low in vanilla tannins. Sweetish onset, hints of peach, even a bit honeyish, orange freshness well-balanced with deep, gooseberry-like sourishness, medium carbo, supple and smooth malt body (not as heavy as expected from a 8.5% ABV beer), caramelly and pretty straightforward, almost ’Belgian tripel’-like fruitiness continues, while the peated iodine-flavors creep up on you and dominate retronasally, yet I must admit I expected them to be even stronger based on the aroma; they still leave room for ongoing juicy malt (and residual sugar) sweetness, some earthy, spicy hops providing late but effective and lasting bitterness and quite a lot of warming, even slightly astringent, bourbon-like alcohol; woodiness is, as in the aroma, present but very restrained and adds only an accent to the overall palate without drying effect. A ’deep’ sourish flavor lingers as well. I hate gushing to begin with but I must admit I expected worse from the taste; it has a kind of ’lightness’ and drinkability (not to say a rather thin body) paired with fruity, orangey sweetness and bourbon-like alcohol warmth, not that far removed from e.g. Muifel’s Beerskey from the Netherlands. The peat effect is strong in the nose, but remains more or less manageable in the mouth - there is much worse out there when it comes to this particular taste, which admittedly I still haven’t mastered entirely. Underneath it, there is still a somewhat messy arrangement of malt and esters which feels a bit ’Belgian’, and considering the fact that both beers I had from Against the Grain were violent gushers, I don’t think I’ll put my trust in this brewery a third time.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2842) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2016
Refrigerated brown bomber poured. Hazy golden with big white head. Aroma is smoke, light body, medium carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is smoke and some meat.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and doesn’t really leave any lacing. 4.0 S: Big strong porcine smokiness with campfire undertones. Sweet and woody. The bourbon barrel is nearly completely hidden under the much more powerful smoke. The bourbon is so mellow that I’m not sure if I’m hallucinating it’s presence and it’s not actually there at all. Still, the smoke is awesome and I love it. 3.5 T: Ahh, there the bourbon is. It’s much stronger in the taste. It might be a shame though. Instead of meshing well with the smoke, it muddles the flavor profile. Again porcine smokiness is the lead flavor, then leathery bourbon, vanilla, sweet graininess from the malts and whiskey. Caramel and toffee notes. 2.75 M: This is the main problem with the beer. It’s a lighter medium body that comes off watery. A touch undercarbed and lacking creaminess. 3.5 D: I love smoked beers. This one happens to blend some flavors that should work really well together, but they don’t. ★ 1,076 characters DavoleBomb, Oct 15, 2015

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle a dark golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts smoke spicy citrus fruits sourness oak and hops flavor malts citrus spicy fruits some smoke sourness oak and hops

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1206) - USA - JAN 24, 2016
Amber color with a small white head. Aroma is smoke with mild notes of meat. Flavor is smokey with a meaty, peat-like finish. A bit thin given the flavor and smoke is mildly artificial.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jultsu (566) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2016
BBE ei merkitty pulloon. Samean kuparisen ruskea väri, ok viipyvä vaahto. Mukavan mieto ja huumaava savuisa viettelevä tuoksu, suutuntuma hapokas, savuisan nestemäinen, huumaava, alkoholinen miedolla hyvällä tavalla, hyvää ja nautittavaa kamaa, mutta ei vetisyytensä takia nouse kärkee.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajnepple (4662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2015
On tap at Choice City. Aroma of leather, light shoe polish?, caramel, toffee, vanilla, peated malt, smoke, earth, light oak and bourbon. Similar flavor, pretty messy overall.


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