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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bold, smoky character with a smooth malty finish.

The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Bonfire Rauchbier is the deep smoky flavor which is balanced by a blend of malts that provide hints of caramel & toffee sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Basically, see my rating for the Octoberfest but imagine me adding "smoke" to the aroma and flavor....I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle from the fall 2011 sampler pack. The body is a rich copper hue with a thin bright white head. The nose has all kinds of smoky goodness. There is wood and a little bit of bread crust, not much sweet to be smelled. The taste is decently smoky at the start and stays through the finish. There is also some nice caramel along with hints of apple. This is lightly carbonated and smooth to drink. A decent smoke beer, but could use a little more character in the base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle - part of their Harvest Variety pak. Nice dark copper pour, thin, but sticky off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smoked sardines aroma, a but of peat. Flavor is solid, but not overpowering. Smooth smokey notes - some smoked meat, some underlying caramel sweetness in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick enough. This would be a good Rauch for those new to the style and just want to get their feet wet before moving on to some of the bolder offerings

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2011
8/22/11. 12oz bottle. Clear very light amber pour with a small tan head that fades to a film and laces a teensy bit. A generically malty aroma with a touch of salty smoke and a dose of seltzer water. Malty flavor with burnt caramel, a touch of smoke, and lingering earthy bitterness. An astingent graininess lingers in the aftertaste. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 21, 2011
bottle. fall sampler pack. a clear light brown with ruby highlights. nose has smoked meat notes and a little floral hoppiness. moderately sweet with a nice fitting smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Ok, usually I like smoked beers to be, you know, really smokey. This one is a little lighter on the smoke, and has a good bit of caramel sweetness. As it warms, I also get a little bit of vanilla which combines with the smoke to give a flavor oddly reminiscent of scorched campfire marshmallow. I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillHick420 (456) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redtechnj (309) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2011
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. There’s 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 it’s a nice chilly evening...sitting near a campfire. Well done!

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