Lemke10 (833) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with a thin head that dissolves quickly. Smokey malts are the most noticeable scent. You don’t have to search for the tastes as the smoked malts hit the taste buds right away. Has a great body and texture to go along with its unique taste. For whatever reason it’s pretty hard to find a smoked beer as I’ve only ever had 2 out of trying over 200+ beers. This one is delicious and probably one of my favorite Sam Adams products.
GarrettB (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 23rd, 2011 - Rauchbiers are kind of combustible. This makes sense for a beer that reeks and tastes of smoke. But by combustible, I mean that rauchbiers are prone to being too smoky, or hyper-saturated, and even the smallest sip can be like licking the end of a smoked pork butt. Mercifully, Sam Adams’ rauchbier is finely tuned to keep the drinker drinking. It is, of course, a dark color, and the aroma is predictably smokey and intense. Smoked ham is the bulk of the aromatic character, but an appreciable vinegar tang is evident as well. Like an oatmeal stout, the aroma is not necessarily sweet, but just substantial. The body is slightly thinner than I expected, but this gives it a more drinkable quality, and that’s something an intensely flavored brew like this might need. Indeed, this brew reminds me of the warm, robust broth of a good shoyu ramen, and that means this tastes like something that is better as a broth than a drink. But the deep umami richness benefits this beer, and its drinker, with a flavor profile that leans more heavily towards soy sauce than other rauchbiers. Good, drinkable and engaging, this might be the star of my Sam Adams winter box set.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a large off-white head. Moderately sweet aroma with notes of smoke, bread and caramel. Moderately sweet flavor of roasted malts, light smoke, caramel and a faint, strange fruitiness. Light throughout with a weak finish. Not bad but could have down without the strange fruity notes.
BMMillsy (1552) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From memory, but remember this being smokey and pleasant. Not fantastic, but on of the more memorable from SA back in the day.
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DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle->SA glass. Reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma is smoke and caramel. Flavor is stronger smoke with malt. Hard to explain, but the smoke character feels contrived in this one. Just OK.
Huhzubendah (2726) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer is burnt orange with a small, off white head. The aroma is of smoke, malt, light peat, sweetness. Decent flavor. Smoke is there, but sweet malt overtakes it. This is a decent brew, but not on the same level as Aecht Schlenkerla’s masterpieces. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-23-2011
larsniclas (5783) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at SBWF11
Clear copper colour.
Smoke and leather in both aroma and flavour.
Slightly stale mouthfeel.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours medium amber with a small off-white head. Aroma was smoky & earthy with notes of caramel. Flavor was slightly sweet with caramel, smoke, earth and had a hint of toffee.
thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) clear medium amber, ring and sparse white bubbles. Nose of campfire, yams, caramel, cinnamon. Taste of sweet potato, smoke, caramel, spices. Nice beer in the smoke category.
Aniela (2500) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Clear amber beer with a minimal head. Malty, smokey, woody aroma with some caramell notes. Simliar flavour.