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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A bold rich smoky nose is created naturally with a blend of smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany and Chilton, Wisconsin as well as robust Wisconsin Rye. Special Ale yeast ferments this hazy deep amber brew in the bottle. This is a big smoked beer fermented with Turbinado sugar and appropriate for sipping slowly today.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Shared at the tampa crew tuesday tasting. Thanks, Mark. Pleasant sweet rye aroma with a boastful but not over the top smokiness that never yields to the sweet caramel undertones. Enjoyed!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1727) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from many years ago that has been sitting in my fridge. Not sure why I hung onto this for so long but I drank the other bottles before I started rating beer. Iíve recently begun to appreciate the smoked style and despite this bottle sitting for so long in my fridge, the smoke is still quite pronounced. Clear dark amber pour with a nice off-white head. Some lacing. Smoky malty nose. Mellow smoky taste with some nice caramel roast in the finish, a hint of sweetness. Really nice, wishing I had some nice BBQ pork to go along with this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1844) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottled, courtesy Narnad. Pours dark orangey amber with a full, light tan head. Robust smokiness in the aroma with bits of peat and a subtle touch of caramel underneath. Mildly sweet flavor up front that turns slightly grainy as the rye bread flavors come to the forefront. Rather dry finish with a surprising amount of noticeable alcohol. Palate is perhaps a bit thin but helps make this rather thirst quenching and refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"yum! excellent beer, and I think the best NEW NG offering Iíve had in a while. smokey aroma blends well with sweet carmel malts and a touch of hops and rye. flavor is juuust about as good. mahogony in color. couldnít keep my nose off the glass and it went away too fast. thanks John."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2281) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a brown color with white head. Smoke, spicy, toast aromas and flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2256) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head, Very Minimal Lacing S: Smokey, Mild Caramel, Mild Rye T: Liquid Smoke, Caramel M: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Smokey, Mildly Sweet Overall, other than the smoke and a caramel character, if there is Rye in this beer, it gets completely masked by the heavy smoke properties. Wasnít a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (697) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Typical unplugged appearance with the universal Unplugged label, red foil, and Smoked Rye Ale sticker on the neck. Looks like this is from early 2011. A - Pours a clear dirty red body. The last oz. or so was pretty grimy with sediment. Fingers worth of off white foam. Really nice lacing and retention. S - Nice balance between smoked malts and caramel sweetness. Maybe a touch of spice and fruit, but this is otherwise pretty much occupied by the smoke and its hard to pick out much more. Smells really nice though. T - Smoked ham, BBQ sauce, alcohol, and soooome rye spice. Like drinking a beer with a shot of liquid smoke added. Its awfully tasty but holy hell does it get tiring and rich after a while. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol creeps up in the end. O - Not the most smokey beer Iíve had, but probably the richest and meatiest. This is a real winner if you liked smoked beers with notes of meat. After each sip I feel like Iíve been chewing on a bonfire.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Pours clear dark amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is ash, smoked meat, spicy rye, pear fruity esters, and spicy hops. Flavor is spicy and earthy rye with moderate smoked meat, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3783) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with thin, creamy white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is smoke, roasted and cookie malts, rye, figs, dates, and floral hops. Flavor is smoke, bready malts, light caramel, floral hops, dark fruit esters, and faint spice; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with small white head that lasts awhile. The aroma is smoke and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and smoke and light rye flavor. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
14th January 2012
Clear amber beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Mild carbonated sting in the tail. A reasonable level of smooth smoke. Slightly sweet malt with a little citrus underneath. Semi dry finish. All right.


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