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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naka (717) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours dark brown with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of molasses and smoky beef jerky. Flavor has a lot of porter character, but is just smoky and delicious. Medium body with a very smoky finish. I love rauchbeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3428) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Glass, draught, 2 ounces, served in a Samuel Adams glass during the Brunch and beer held by the The Boston Beer Company, trip to the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: caramel, slightly hazy, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: smoke, malt, caramel, meaty; mouth: smoke, malt, caramel, meaty, finale in smoke with meaty presence, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly sticky texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, en fût, 2 onces, lors du Brunch and Beer tenu par The Boston Beer Company, voyage au Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : caramel, très légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : fumé, malt, caramel, viandeux; bouche : fumé, malt, caramel, viandeux, finale en fumé avec présence viandeuse, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement collante; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brandon1989 (446) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours an amber color with a thick off white head that left plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma is smokey, sweet malts, caramel, woody,and some hops. The taste is more of the same. This beer is a great example of the style and I highly recommend it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
12oz bottle - Picked up in the Harvest Collection 12-pack from Sammy. A really underwhelming rauchbier. I was really hoping for something close to Aecht Schlenkerla, but this was far, far from that. This beer pours out a cream soda colored body, clear with a scant white head. Aroma has a light malty aroma, subtle dirty penny and a really light smoke aroma. Flavor has a little more smoke character, but it’s subtle with a slightly salty flavor, a little caramel malts but really kept under wraps. Too bad too. I was really hoping for an American beer that’s quite smokey and not a stout/porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7885) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"pours a nice clear amber orange. the aroma has to be worked for when poured cold, but it opens up eventually. but the first sip popped with nice sweet toffee malt and a sharp kick of smoke that lingered after. nice one from Sam Adams, best beer in the fall mixer."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of grain, smoke, caramel, and nuts. Flavor of smoke, grain, toffee, some dark fruit, caramel, and bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bulk_Carrier (3024) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a dark amber hazy body, no head, no lacing. The smell had smokey meaty coming through in a dull bland way The was exactly the same as the smell and was really heavy. The palate sat about a medium, not exactly sessionable (at IMO), bland sticky aftertaste pounding all around my tongue, assault by carbonation, bland meaty finish. Overall, however I guess this still fits the style, but I’m not a fan of this whatsoever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
10/4/2011. 12 oz. bottle from a mixed seasonal case. Amber color with a tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, malt and with a hint of smoke. Flavors hold the smoke and caramel throughout and the finish is light hops. I like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Slightly hazed orangish amber with a medium taupe topper. campfire aroma of roasted malt, smoke and not much else. Taste of sweet malt, smoke and caramel with a zippy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7466) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
12 oz bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, moderate smoked character, lightly fruity, a hint of peat. The smoke is constantly there, but not overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Garnet colored, large frothy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Smoked malt aroma, slight plastic and band-aid, every so slight.   Otherwise charred wood and burnt apples.   Less of the plastic and band-aid I smelled on the nose, which is nice.   Not as malty as I would have liked, seems a touch thin.   As it warms it becomes a little simple, soft smoked malts and thats about it.   The smoke aspect needs to be more pronounced, more ashy/woody.   Like a lot of other Sam Adams beers, this is a lighter version of many out there, which perhaps would make for a good gateway Rauchbier.   Not bad, but needs a little more umph.

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