islay (1378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Consumed on 11-15-14. Pours a clear bronze to light amber with a small amount of beige head. Produces good lacing. Nice glow in the light. Lightly smoky, malty, German lager aroma features the characteristic scent of continental European hops. Quite smoky taste. Mineral. The dry smokiness becomes less aggressive as I sip but remains unmistakably there. A bit watery in the finish, but otherwise a good lager palate. Light to medium body. Crisp and frothy in the palate. Refreshing. Overall, this is a pretty good, likable lager. The smokiness in the flavor is quite nice. Otherwise, there’s nothing remarkable even as the beer is reasonably pleasant. Dial it up a bit and this beer could be very good indeed.
ElGaucho (2282) - 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 (7472) - Plymouth, 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 (1985) - 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 (2002) - 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.