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Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Smoked
Invercargill, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A German style bock beer using our own Manuka smoked malt to give a distinctive smoke character thatís balanced out with the richness of the bock using our own yeast.
2007 - 08 vintage - 6%
2009 - 11 vintage - 7%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle in Te Anau. Pours a clear light brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of smoked malts and some burnt flavours too. Also sweet aromas of caramel. Hints of ashes. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish with smoked and burnt aromas.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer4eternity (207) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2012
330ml bottle thanks to Sue. Described well by Ernest and others, with the addition of strong medicine and leather aromas. To me this beer is astonishing, it has the wow factor in every regard, aromas are amazing, that Manuka smoke brings on so many good memories, it looks great in a tulip glass, the taste is delicious, the palate is wonderful. On my favourites list.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), moderately yeasty (horseblanket), with notes of smoked meat, earth/peat, manure, wet hay, dried mango, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Remarkably good. Extremely rustic (horsey/farmy) and plenty aggressive in the smoke department too...really evokes a campfire on the farm...kinda like a cross between Smokey George and Schlenkerla but fruitier than either...wonderful to sniff. Excellent flavor balance with succulent, juicy malt...both quaffable and sippable. Quite clean too. A touch more alcohol burn than one might expect at 7%, but not bad. The only sad part is the price...$6.50 for 33cL. That aside, itís pretty hard not to love it (if you love rustic stuff and smoked lagers, that is...it has Mike and Jeff written all over it).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle @ home. I really canít remember where this bottle came from but here goes. Fairly transparent, maroon appearance with a light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Ashy, meaty, smoked, caramel malty, smoked ham aroma. Oily mouth feel. Fairly rich, sweet caramel malty, smoked ham/meaty flavor, slightly burnt, light campfire flavor with a smoky, caramel aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
bottle shared by Marcus. Has a smoked aroma and and a meat and cheese type of floavor. Balanced on the smoke and hops!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2012
Poured rich reddish caramel from bottle with a lovely pillowy and dense foam. The aroma is dominated by smokey earthy notes. The palate is very very malty and smooth with some residual sweetness complimenting the smoke. Wonderful drop.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Smoky, smoked chedder taste. Smells of bbq smoker. Great smoked beer. Had in bottle..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy copper with a slight, fizzy beige head. Aroma is smokey - but tolerably so. Med body - that thins quickly. Smoke is the flavor. Not bacon. Sort of mesquite. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours reddish copper with a modest beige head that fades away and a pleasantly smoky aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor (mesquite?) with a little hop bitterness. I donít usually care for smoked beers, but this one is pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2012
bottle from GBX, shared with Tronraner. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head. Not sure what manuka is, but it evidently makes for some fine malt smokiní. The smoke is prominent, meaty, and ashy. I was surprised at how it becomes even more intense in the flavor. The finish is particularly ashy in a good way. Smoked meat is up front with the bock qualities staying tasteful and in the background. This is truly delicious.


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