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Mikkeller/Stillwater Rauchstar

Formerly brewed at Fanø Bryghus

Style: Smoked
Copenhagen, Denmark


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Editor’s note: please note that this is different from the "old" Stillwater/Mikkeller Rauchstar. Different recipe, new label and an ABV change.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2014
Dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr rauchig, malzig, Karamell. Geschmack süß malzig, fruchtig, rauchig, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2896) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
500ml bottle, dark brown-mahogany color, with a thick beige-kaki head, with a fruity dark dried fruit yeast, faint date paste, sweet grainy toasted, biscuity, caramelized, pale, light smoked malty nose, with some faint coffee, candi sugar, toffee, sugar pie, mint leaf, floral citrus, leafy, grassy, resiny hop accents, and with a candied lime, lemon, grapefruit peel, spicy herbal, zesty, spitzy citrusy, barley sugar, faint pine resin and pine needle note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth, mild sweet toasted, caramelized, biscuity, smoked malty, fruitcake, candied orange, tangerine, lemon peel, mint leaf character, with some flowery leafy, grassy, citrus, minty hoppy, light lemon marmalade, brandy liquorish, sugar pie, barley sugar, pine resin, zesty, spritzy lemon, lime peel flaovurs, leading towards a warming, yeasty, dark dried fruit, sweet toasted, caramleized, biscuity, bready, smoked maltiness, candied lime, lemon peel, mint leaf, brandyish liquor, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy, minty hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBHansen (63) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2014
Tap @ Hugos vinkælder: pours dark brown with powerful brown foamy head. Aroma of smoke and caramelized sugar. Body is full/strong with lots of hops, smoke and caramelized sugars. Lively carbonized

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2428) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy, deep amber with an average, lacing off-white head. Aroma of caramel, wood, smoke and citrus notes. Sweet flavor that endes up dry and decent bitter. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A nice smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8760) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized head. Subtle smoke all the way around ... there, but in the background. Chocolate, roast, caramel, and some wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zenkis (537) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 29, 2013
bottle aged in store about year or two,
Indeed star, complex and very pleasant flavor. To me this one is not so much smoked as it is barley wine or kind of strong/old/scotch ale.
Aroma starts with intense medium smoked notes plus loads of dried, dark fruits or berries. With time after thick foam lays down aroma becomes more deeper even - dark-dried fruity sweetness, woody, smoked dried meat, leather, some citrus hops,caramel-candy sweet. Wow, heavy weight to my nose. Pours dark with beige, creamy top, but I miss precise color cause was breathless from flavour deepness. Thick lasing from the top of the glass. Taste is sweet, malty-caramel, reminds scotch ale but with loads of bitter from hopping as well as from darker malts, even some heavy roast tones in finish. Nice. Medium to full bodied, thick, stew-slick texture, average to soft carbonation, strong to medium roast-herbal bitter finish with long lasting bitter sweet aftertaste, dry to light dry finish.
Sweet, heavily bitter hopped brew with intense dark malts touch and very complementary hints of smoked malt. I’m impressed deeply by this brew and already have some nostalgia cause of sign "retired" so hope to grab for rest of few bottles in my favorite beer store. Sorry guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 15, 2013
Deutlich rauchiger aber auch süßer Antrunk. Brotig, zu süß, die angenehme Malzigkeit wird dadurch gestört. Dabei ist der Alkohol niemals schmeckbar. Nicht ganz rund, unsüffig. 10/9/6/10/8/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2013
One of the strongest smoked beers I’ve ever had. Something new to discovere everyday, eh? This monster comes with a huge, dense, specatcular light beige head atop a dark burnt caramel robe with abundant powdery sediments. Smoke is the dominant flavor in the nose, but not far behind is warming alcohol and a stack full of malt - think chocolate, think Munich malt toasty nuttiness. This really is a smoked barley wine loaded with Munich malt in the end, deploying as it opens up a noticeable spicy, woodsy side. helping a lot to balance out the predictably fairly sweet flavour profile. The sugars come across in a molasses cookies frame, with a baked, darkened component that the smoke aptly sweeps on. Negligible bitterness all along, the finish being mostly about alcohol warmth and sweetness. Plenty of action in here, but as with many smoked beers, not broad enough to be a truly captivating sipper and far too strong to be drinkable. So sitting in the middle of two chairs and doing a much better job than most in that position.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4636) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with light smoked notes is quite warming. Taste is a mix dominated more by caramelized sugar with light sweet toffee notes than by smoked malt. Hops presence is not as powerful as I would have expected. Body is full with good carbonation. This must be an older bottle as it appears quite a bit of smoked and hops notes have disappeared.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmc619 (386) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Picked this up at Brewberry in Paris, Jan 2013. Finally opening it up on a nice night in Leuven. From 50cl bottle into Lagunitas jar. Smoke aroma hits the nose as you pour it, but actually it’s pretty tame by Schlenkerla standards. Big cafe latte head that sticks for minutes. Dark brown beer. Aroma is a nice mix of smoke, dark fruit, booze, and tobacco. You really get the taste of smoke with this one - wow would this be great with some rich saucy BBQ brisket. A bit viscous, but appropriately so; also a bit hot. Will be sipping this for a little while. Pretty nice beer.

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