BillHick420 (389) - North Dakota, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a slight tanned head. Aroma of BBQ, caramal, and some BACOOOONNN. To all the bacon fans, probably the closest you will come to bacon flavored beer. DAMN.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a white head. Aroma is smoky campfire roasted malts toasted caramel ashes and water. Flavor is a pleasant smokiness. Bacon and barely burnt caramel. Nice effort from Sam adams.
redtechnj (183) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark oak brown with copper highlights. Nice long lasting fluffy tan head.The aroma perfectly matches the name. Close your eyes and take a sip and you in front of a bonfire. Flavors are smoky caramel malts, chipotle peppers, bbq & some maybe bacon. A very interesting and tasty beer
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark amber body with orange highlights. The aroma immediately brings to mind a nice smoky campfire. Very inviting. The body is a bit thin, but very smooth and quite drinkable. Thereís a punch of bitterness up front that leads to a smoky, smooth flavor. The words that keep running through my head as I drink are smoke, barbeque, and bacon. This is a very good beer, and I bet it will taste even better when itís a nice chilly evening...sitting near a campfire. Well done!
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark copper with a large tan head. Aroma is pleasantly smoky with some roasted nuts in the backround. Flavor is a little more pronounced smoke but nothing over the top. This is a nice sipping smoked beer with the smoke flavor there but not in a bacon bomb sorta way. Kinda just right, for me at least. One of Sam Adamsís better one offs.
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe.
Appearance: Pours a dark woody brown with ruby-orange highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent head retention with head pooling on top in the middle. Nice lacing.
Smell: Smoked bacon with maple. Wow, this makes me hungry for breakfast.
Taste: Smoke flavor up front followed by sweet malt and mild dried fruits in the middle before ending with a touch of hops. The smoke is definitely apparent throughout, especially up front, but it never overpowers.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: High drinkability. Like itís name implies, this would be perfect around a campfire. That said, itís pretty nice on a hot and rainy August afternoon here in Southwest Florida.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. While this is my first Rauchbier, I must say this beer is really good. Iíd be pleasantly surprised if they get much better than this. Iíd say it would be worth getting the Sam Adamís Fall Mix Pack just for this one
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper/brownish color with a small head. Very smoky aroma, quite bonfire-esque. Slight bitterness up front. Plenty of smoke. Thin bodied. Enjoyable for sure!
CharmCityCrab (136) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first rauchbier from any brewer, and I came into it expecting a slight variant on your typical malty beer thatís appropriate for fall. The appearance meets that criteria -- a nice deep brown, but nothing out of the ordinary. The aroma is where you begin to sense a difference, though, where the typical aroma of a malty beer blends with a beef jerky smokey bacony type smell. The taste is very different from what Iíd normally think of as similar styles. There is a sweet and roasted malt taste in the background thatís substantial, but the overwhelming thing that jumps out is the taste of smoked turkey, with some bacon and slim jim esque edges to it. Yet, despite the comparisons I just drew, this doesnít really taste like a meat in a literal sense (Which probably would be disgusting, but I wouldnít mind trying it), but rather something reminiscent of that, that brings thoughts of a tavern full of polish or German sausages and a holiday turkey on a long table with a bunch of lumberjacks or something eating hardily and drinking deep beer mugs to stave off the winter cold. I could see this going well with those type of foods, a meaty sub, or a rich beefy stew. Since this is my first and only rauchbier, I canít compare it to other rauchbiers, but as a beer in general, I like it. Itís something different from the usual in a relatively affordable and widely available mix pack. Itís a big improvement over the Dukenweisel it replaces, and I think changes the complexion of the over all Harvest mix pack for the better. Between Octoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, and this beer -- you have three hardy rich seasonal beers with distinctive tastes that are worth looking forward to -- plus the Boston Lager, which is a perennial favorite of mine and a lot of other people -- and two other beers that are fairly strong (Black Lager, Irish Red). If youíre on the fence, I say go pick up a 12 pack and give it a shot.
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a small light-beige head; leaves a resilient blanket of foam and little lace. Aroma is campfire smoke, creamed corn (disappears quickly), berries. Taste is nice and smoky; itís sweet and a bit sour with little bitterness. Carbonation is medium and it has a creamy mouthfeel. Very good. More smoked beers, craft brewers of America, please. I love this style but hardly ever see it in my area.
brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours clear autumn amber with a nice lava of bubbles geysering up in my perfect pint glass, the head is about one inch thick but quickly recedes to a thin blanket. The aroma is caramel malts, chipotle peppers (nice), smokiness becomes more prominent as it warms. The flavor is malty sweet followed by a mid dryness then a nice smoky aftertaste, kind of spicy too, it could have more substance, a fuller mouthfeel, maybe more meaty. I liked this beer, it would be nice sitting around a campfire for sure.