SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber; clear, light amber with trace white head; smoked ham, stale malt, white sugar, banana wheat bread; stale salt, dried meat and pale malt: smoky crackers with stale cheese; crisp, most clean and light smoke; some dry cherry from the cherrywood; light, clean, simple and decent; smoke level is a little below what I’ve come accustomed too
alobar (2502) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a cream-colored head. Strong smoke aroma with hints of ham and caramel. Flavor is equally dominated by smoke with caramel sweetness. Really great beer!
TaktikMTL (5376) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de jambon fumé avec une pointe de caramel fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe de caramel fruité et de noix. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #3383)
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear reddish mahogany color with a small, fading white head. Aroma of strong smoke, ham, toast, and light pepper. Quite meaty! Flavor of caramel, smoke, toast, light bacon, and slight peppery grassy hops. Finishes smoky with a dry, bready aftertaste and a bit of cloying malt sweetness. Medium bodied, sticky and slightly chewy, but strong filtering gives the beer a certain "cleanliness." I love all rauchbiers and this is definitely no exception, even if it falls a little short of classic.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 My Bottom Line :
Verbose cherrywood smoke makes the Munich malts’ light fruitiness stand out, as salty connotations underpin this Rauchbock’s silky caramel sweetness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty auburn.
-The finish is long and smoky; a linear brew, but a very enjoyable one for the Rauchbier lover.
-The very slow carbonation makes this brew’s simplicity feel lax.
-This is gorgeous with red presssack!
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy copper. Foamy off-white head. Aroma is smoked. Very. Medium body. Mild carbonation. Flavor is very smoked. Makes me think of smoked cheese. Pretty good.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Dark malt with a good amount of peated malt for that smoke aroma.
Appearance – Dark brown in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Big smoke flavor nice dark caramel and nutty flavors.
Palate – Great smokey dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – A very good smoked beer. The peat was just right not over the top.
omhper (18316) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear amber, brie head. Spicy bacon aroma. Mid sweet with nearfull body. Meaty and near full bodied with salty bitter finish. Rather intense smoke beer.
StefanSD (1920) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber-copper color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is smoky, with extra smoke and more smoke. The flavor is similar to the nose, lots of smoke, I also get a good dose brown sugar, baked Virginia ham and some biscuit. The palate is smooth and syrupy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and smoky. Overall: Lots of big bold smoky flavors here, this is not a brew for people who like only a hint of smoke, yawl need to find another beer.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber in a dimpled mug. My first experience with a rauch style beer was at Rogue on the bay front in Newport around 15 years ago and it wasn’t a good one. I’ve liked or loved all the Rogue beers that I’ve had except for the rauch style circa 1995 and the Mexicali around the same time. This is most assuredly the fault of my then inexperienced palate (the same palate that used to think Guinness was a thick beer) and not Rogue’s, although I think that brewers all around are approaching rauch styles differently and more delicately than they were several years ago.
Which brings me to now. While it is not close to my top favorite styles, I do appreciate a well executed rauch style beer and this is it. Aroma is smoked malt with hints of bacon, wood and a barely perceptible caramel malt sweetness along with an also barely perceptible resiny hop aroma. Appearance is clear and amber with an initially frothy tan head that fades rather quickly. Taste is medium smoky and beechwood maltiness with a medium-low hop bitterness. Very clean lager with medium body and medium-low carbonation. Malt on attack with quick hop follow up but a lengthy and dry complex finish that focuses mainly on the smoke and wood aspects of the malt. Like I said, not my favorite style by any means, but brewers outside of Bamberg have come a long way with their artistic presentations of smoked beers over the last few years. Hits most of the style guideline points right on the money.