ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at republic Mnpls. Definite smoke in the nose. Lots of smoke on the palate. Moderately hopped. One of the best raichbiers I’ve
ever had. Really well balanced with a nice sweetness.
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the taproom. Amber pour with a creamy head. Simple malt-based beer with great smoky flavors. Really good.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Harriet Rauchfest 2011. Growler.
Clear, bronze/copper-hued, slim-to-none head.
Aroma: smoked malt, German malt, bacon, yup. Slightly sweet. But, oh, so smokey.
Taste: more of the same. Rich, meaty maltiness, coats the palate, spreads semi-sweetness, matched by smoke. This delivers the sweet, malty flavors of a marzen wrapped up in the smokiness of a rauchbier. There’s not a single damned thing wrong with this, and several things right.
Not too much to say about it.
Looking back, there’s nothing to apologize for; simple is not bad, Oktoberfests are hardly complex, smoked beers, well, they’re smokey.
Trev (1890) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Rauchfest. bordering on copper pour.
Aroma is toasted malt, and light salami meat and smoke.
Flavour is medium sweet malt with a nice balancing smoke. Very drinkable.
One of the better Harriet beers on offer IMO.
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Yellowish brown pour, light smoky aroma and a good amount of carbonation. Flavor is light malt, very thin on the body and very crisp and slightly smoky on the finish. Not very smoky, and surprisingly sessionable for a rauch beer. Will be picking up some growlers of this one while it’s still around this fall.