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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
A Scottish style ale brewed with cherry wood smoked malt. Maris Otter, Munich and Smoked malt make up the majority of this ale’s grist bill. Heavy kettle caramelization was employed by partially filling the kettle and boiling to reduce volume, increase gravity and provide caramel flavors and dextrins, resulting in a full body and sweet malt notes. The smokey flavor differs from most smoked beers because the barley malt was smoked with cherry wood instead of the traditional beechwood. The cherry wood smoke is sweeter, less phenolic and has some toasted and nutty notes to it. English Nugget hops were used just to balance the sweetness and a Scottish yeast was used to ferment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen
Dark amber to mahogany color, with red shades. Moderate aroma of wood, campfire, smoke, pipe tobacco; later, paper and feet. Give it its time, and the campfire aroma is lovely (8). Nutty. Medium body strength; strong caramel flavor, with minimal residual sweetness, some smoke, some wood, light impression of burnt wood, but nothing exciting overall; a bit confused indeed, a many non-German attempts. Ordinary bitterness. (15)
Good, but, well... tonight I had Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Affumicator, and this is not in the same league.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PaulW (105) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
I approached this beer at the Craft Beer Co with some trepidation. Having had a German Rachbier before and hating it, I was a bit worried. However, this dark red beer with a white head has a lot more going for it. It is, apparently, full of malt smoked rather differently, and the smoke is rather sweet rather than phenolic. Therefore, the hops balance rather than over-bitter this beer. Like a lot of red ales I get little taste and aroma, maybe just caramel (?), but the smokiness carries the beer - think smoky cheese rather than Islay malt. This smoky taste lingers long on the palate. Perhaps needed something else to make it really enjoyable/interesting for its not inconsiderable price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2012
Keg at Craft. Dark red brown colour with small golden bubbly head. Aroma is treacle, lots of it, quite herbal. Dark fruit, prunes. Taste is fruity, lots of black treacle again. Bitter. Sweet but bit strange more herbal stuff. Thick texture but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Draught at Craft Beer Co, London. Amber/brown color with an offwhite head. Toffee aroma, caramel, roasted, ash notes, grapes, raisins, some smoke. Fruity caramel flavor, raisins, grapes, citrus, yeasty notes, woody and some leather. Smoked finish with caramel, raisins, toffee and some grapes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7837) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 28, 2012
Draft at the Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Poured a very dark brown with a reddish hue and little life. The aroma is rich and smoky, leading to a rich fruity slightly spicy flavour. The palate is weak but the flavour lingers for quite a while with some minor alcoholic burn. It’s somewhat like an English Christmas ale. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2012
Draught@Craft Beer Co, London. Deep rubyish brown colour, small slightly off white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, mild toffee, some earth, smoked wood as well as some slight yeasty notes. Flavour is leathery, fruity, earthy, some mild yeast and rather smoked wooden notes. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11244) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2012
Draft at Beer Temple. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of red berries, smoke, caramel and a little chocolate. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2012

Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade 8BC, kld., DK-1655 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear dark brown amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, fruity, malty, smoke. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120509]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2012
On tap in Beer Temple. Not a huge fan of Rauchbiers, but this was quite restrained, reddish amber coloured and with malty fruit hints under the smoke. Medium bodied and quite easily drinkable. Not too complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5770) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2012
On tap at Beer Temple. Dark amber body with thin head. Nose is quite toxic of alcohol and sugar. Taste is sweet again and hammy. Quite cloying texture. Wasn’t so big on this one. But a new US State for me!

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