skmikeg (878) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper-amber with a one finger tan head with a little lacing. Aroma is of smoke, burnt caramel, sweet malts, BBQ meat, leather, and some burnt pine. Taste is BBQ, burnt toast, BBQ meat, molasses, leather, citrus, and pine. Has a medium body with a slighty creamy mouthfeel and and smokey, slighty bitter, medium finish. Overall, a tasty, complex smoked that would go great with BBQ.
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Monkey Paw, SD, 21/04/14.
Clear golden with a moderate light beige covering that retains well.
Nose is smoked malts, toffee, brown bread, light camp fire.
Taste comprises a big smoked malt presence tempered with sweet caramel, smoked bacon, toffee fudge, BBQ pit bits.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light drying close with a smokers jacket.
Solid smoked offering, one of the best in fact !
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub in San Diego. Clear amber/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty smoked aroma, fruity, roasted, sweetish but with a balance on the smoke. Kinda discreet smoke flavor, sausages, fruity, roasted, ash notes, grapes, ash, some caramel. Very nice smoked.
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
My final pour before moving on was a very respectable rauchbier. It did not have the big meaty foundation of some other examples. At the same time it was also light enough to not grind down the palate. I probably would pass on it a a second time but only because there were so many other choices.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid base has a nice rich brown hue like dark stain applied to virgin pine. Ivory head traps the smells of bacon, smokehouse ham, and malts. The combination is cohesive but does not dominate the experience completely.
Flavor / Palate - Honey, wheat, peanut butter, and bacon are a very unusual blend of breakfast buffet flavors piled into a pint glass. The finish is not unlike a quality dry rub and had me wanting to find the nearest local BBQ to sate my appetite. A well balanced release does not go overboard on the smoked aspects yet still manages to please.
jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma has huge smoke notes with some leather, caramel and charred barbeque edges. Taste is of heavy smoke, Kansas City BBQ, molasses, caramelized burnt edges, and leather.
BrewDad (4909) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber in color, nice head. This was decent with a good use of smoke flavors. This was a very nice Rauch beer
jtclockwork (8214) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours orange gold. Big head. Nose and taste of mostly meaty meat and smoke with some malt.
dalekliz (872) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours an orange-brown with a small white head that lingers. Aroma of smoked meat, malt, hops, and citrus. Taste has a ton of smoky meat, malt, hops. Nicely balanced. Lingering smoke. Nice.
DedicatedToFun (2402) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice smoked brew, on tap at the brewery in san diego, fresh, part of sampler, good.
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Monkey Paw. Clear orange. Good head. Okay lace. Nose is hefty rich smoked malt, salmon plank. Body is smoked, orange, juicy. Big rich BBQ. Really nice.