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Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Smoked
Invercargill, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 88   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 that’s balanced out with the richness of the bock using our own yeast.
2007 - 08 vintage - 6%
2009 - 11 vintage - 7%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with small tan coloured head. Aromas of smoke, caramel and a little toast. Smoke is no where near as dominant as expected. Flavour are more conventional. Caremel sweetness with some light smoke. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is light. Smoke is relatively subtle. Probably would have appreciated more if it was a bit moe assertive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2471) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2010
7% version. Clear brown, puffy beige head. Medium bead. Smoke, caramel, wood, grass. Taste has caramel and honey sweetness (although I suppose the honey is just a brain misfire due to having had tea-tree honey), a touch of lager sourness and plenty of smoke. I didn’t really get any sense of bacon or ham. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol dangerously well-hidden. Interesting smoke character adds a local touch to what is otherwise a pretty German-tasting brew. Could be more smoke and it lacks the depth of some smoked beers, but this is a solid drop.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2010
2010 Edition - 7% - often referred to as "that bacon beer" as the malt is smoked with manuka and a small amount of peat. This is as texturally complete as it has ever been with malty, caramel and smoke notes (less overt than in previous years).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2010
2009 Bottle 7%. Clear coppery amber pour with a short beige head that doesn’t last long. Quite a bit of smoke on the nose with notes of smoky bacon, toffee, vanilla and wood. Flavour is very similar but sweeter, pointing up the caramel maltiness and blending well with the smoke. Mouthfeel is slick and very light, almost watery, with fairly high carbonation and a lingering smoky, bittersweet finish. Very nice rauchbier, excellently balanced and extremely easy to drink, although the sweetness could possibly be toned down a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2010
This one has been sitting in my fridge for a while and whilst I have expecting it to be decent and I wasn’t really getting my hopes too high. Big fat ham and bacon notes in the aroma. Taste is fairly full, follows the aroma pretty well, a little sweet for a rauchbier to me, it is not a style I drink a lot of but I think this quite a good drop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1417) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2009
An interesting rauch, but one that perhaps pulls its punches. Bronze in colour, with a fair head. Typical dry rauch aroma of bacon crisps. Oily palate, nicely under-carbonated. Quite light in body and lightly smoked. Sweet honeycomb notes dominate. Could use a heavier malt bill IMO. Very easy drinking for the style but a little underdone. Another one where this brewer comes very close to something special but seems to hold a little back. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas 2009 gathering under the harbour bridge. Bottle courtesy of Yalnikim - thanks buddy)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Re-rate, aged 1.5yrs, which really helped this beer IMO. Tons of smoked Gouda. Very big malty backbone. Malty. Rating is blended Peaty, smokey nose with a touch of manuka honey. The mouth is unbalanced with only a faint hint of smokey and honey. Sweet. Much more like a Scotch ale than anything else. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottled. A hazy reddish beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has strong notes of fruit as well as medium notes of malt, berries, and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes fo beech wood smoke, as well as a light acidity, leading to a dry smokey finish. The alcohol leaves a ligth burn in the finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2009
2009 bottle. Very smokey indeed. Dark red amber. Light lasting head. Big smokey flavour. Smells like smoke and taste like sour smoke. Very sour. Very smokey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle from Regional. Pours a dark copper colour with an off white head. Smells smokey and slightly malty. Smokey, sweet, bacony and slightly bitter all at once. Goes down surprisingly easy.


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