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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
On tap @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a clear red-hued whisky-colored body with a small white head. Aroma is whisky, wood, peat, smooth smokey tones and hints of caramel. Taste is peat, smoke, wood, whisky, bourbon, mild caramel, burnt toast and hints of salt and dried meat. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. A really nice and original attempt at making a whisky-tasting beer, the closest I can recall in fact. Well brewed by Kuhnhenn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
want1DIPA (205) - - DEC 30, 2013
On draft at the source. I’ve never had a Rauchbier and certainly not a BA! Honestly this may be the best bourbon beer I’ve ever had! I’m getting vanilla, carmel and whiskey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
On tap at the brewpub
A fine smoked beer is an experiment that works. Maybe it is because I enjoy the taste of Angel’s Envy but the combination of smoke, malt, and other flavors result in an experience that is part bourbon and part scotch ale.

Aroma / Appearance - Mostly flat and lifeless the bronze base lacks a true head. Smoky rubber, flat maple syrup, and vanilla bind together with a hint of oakiness. This smells a bit like a lower ABV scotch.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy bacon, smoke, and the taste of pure Angel’s Envy spark the palate. A dash of maple syrup carries into a warm finish. This is a little hot on the palate. Even so it is a top notch beer (at least in a five ounce sample size). I think it would pair well with one of their barbeque entrees such as the ribs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2013
Tap @C4, Odense. Pours cloudy golden with a small off head. Leaking butter and peat. Hot and Extreme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours light amber and lightly hazy. Nose is light fruits, peats, medicinal smoke, wood smoke, light vanilla and oaky. Flavor is toasty, bready, vanilla, sweet oaks, peat, earth, light cough syrup medicinal peaty character. Really pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11916) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Keg@CBC2013 Clear deep golden color, small white head. Smoke in the nose, also some sweet notes. Light to medium-bodied. Fruity, green apple, loads of smoke. Feels less than its ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Tap sample. Poured hazy dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate smoke malt and wet wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7355) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
250ml, draught at Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri. Crystal clear red-amber body. Patchy surface, fragile lacing. Smoked nose joined with oak vanilla. Peaty malt flavours mingled with dark fruits and herbal hops. Mid-dry, malt bitter ending. Dangerously easy to drink. Like it (Oslo, 03.09.2013).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours clear amberish golden with a frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is malty and smokey with caramel, biscuits, charred wood, sweet dark bread, butterscotch hard candy, vanilla fudge, peat, smoke, burnt cookies, hay and hints of dried dark fruits. Taste is slightly sweet, malty and smokey with biscuits, burnt cookies, smoke, peat, vanilla fudge, charred wood, smoked meats, roasted almonds, caramel, dark bread, prunes and hints of bourbon. Mouthfeel is round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and amity with toasted malts, vanilla fudge, biscuits, caramel, peat, smoke, hay, charred wood, roasted almonds and hints of bourbon. Solid tasty stuff...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
How: Draught.
Where: Bierproeflokaal In De Wildeman, Amsterdam.
Appearance: Amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Smokey malt, caramel.
Body: Medium body with an ok carbonation.
Flavour: Burned malt, caramel. Smokey finish.

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