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Caldera’s Rauch Ur Bock is a German-style lager billowing with intense cherry and beachwood smoke flavors. We used two different smoked grains in this lager, one cured with cherrywood and the other cured with beachwood. Warning, this beer has an intense smoked flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle: Pours a nice mahogany color with a light head. The nose is sweet and smoky with a nice clean but strong smoked meat notes. The flavor is nice and chewy with fruit and malts that carries the smoke quite a bit. Nice and balanced smoked beer, nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Deep copper, moderate sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing, little to no carbonation.   Strong smoked malt aroma, slight bandaid, even getting a little woodiness as well.   Sweet and smokey on the tongue.   Seems to work well.   Pale breadiness with a good heaping of smoke.   This one works really well. Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Underlying Bock is very nice.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Sweet malty exit, smokey, with soft woodiness.   I really liked this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2011
Complex enjoyable smoked. The smoke is significant in the aroma but not overwhelming. Above average mouthfeel. Yellow coloured body. Most drinkable. Thanks Ryan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Pours a chestnut color with excellent clarity. French Vanilla white head, creamy and thick with lots of stickage. The aroma is quite meaty, reminiscent of beef jerkey or sausage. There is also some chocolate undertones. I am really impressed with the depth of in this beer. There are many dimensions of flavor that deserve to be explored. The label indicates that they used two types of smoked gains, one cured with cherrywood and the other with beechwood. The result is a delicious ensemble of wood, bbq, and rich smoked meat flavors. Joining in are some balancing malts, sweet and toasted bread in the end. Almost a citrus hoppiness too. This is a superb example of this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2011
In short: A refreshing fruity smoked pork in a bottle. Excellent session beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh (probably fresh) a few months after purchase. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: partly cloudy light-bronze body topped by a small beige head
In long: The fun smoky nose is reminiscent of smoked pull-pork with some woody notes. Taste is smoked pull-pork, cherry wood, caramel, red apples, roasted wood, some berries. Body is full and nourishing and the beer is super-refreshing. Smoke level is overall moderate and the beer is highly sessionnable. I’m a sucker for those session smoked with woody notes and refreshing fruitiness. Not enough of those out there. Obviously looking at the rating I like this type of beer more than others, including those I shared the bomber with. But I am not going to jump off a bridge just because everybody else does. And if I do decide to jump I will jump last when there is a nice big cushiony pile of dead bodies to land on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
11-Oct-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 18-Jul-10 for $5.79 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This smoked beer, deep red-amber in color, nearly clear through the center of the glass, pours a dense mat of tan head that rises to nearly an inch but dissipates quickly. Only the plethora of rising carbonation bubbles can save the head from receding to a thin ring. Aromas of campfire, smoked meat, sweet, caramely malt, and fallen trees immediately puts the drinker on notice that this isn’t a shy on the degree of smokiness. As such, the expectations are met with plenty of smoked wood, bacon, grilled meat, earth and woodsy flavors. Like many German-style smoked lagers, this one is also pretty sweet, but the caramely malts are rich and potent. Hops are light and more or less lost behind all the smoked malts, but a touch of grassiness and very mild bitterness is present. Despite the offset from mild, almost lemony sourness, the beer eventually descends into the realm of cloying beers, tough to drink a pint of, let alone a full bomber. It’s medium-full bodied, but part of the weight is from the residual sugar. Carbonation is medium-minus, which also helps to break up the sweetness initially. Overall, this is rather powerful smoked bock, and though a little less sweetness (i.e., better attenuation) would help make this beer more drinkable, this is not a half-hearted attempt and it’s still a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle from hulmeville inn. Brown pour with tan head. Bacon, peat, and smokey aroma. Smoke, oak, woody and meaty flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival 2010. Hazy reddish brown color. Thick smoky bacon aroma. Sweet, toffeish, earthy and smoky flavor. Really rich smoked bacon character, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle shared by Vic, thanks man. Pours a light bruin body with a tan head and light lacing. Birch, char, and light smoked malt. Dark fruit tones a bit woody with a mild smoky body. A nice smoked ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
Bomber at a tasting. Shared by Rastacouere.
Appearance : Clear mahogany with a small head.
Aroma : Light raisins, light fruits and light caramel.
Taste : Smoked ham with some caramel. Some fruits also. Finish has great notes of smoked ham.
Overall : Nothing too fancy but very well balanced. Nice smokey profile. Not too much smoke (which I like). Great stuff !

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