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Sam Adams has just released 4 beer in the brewery’s new Small Batch Series, and aren’t stopping there. Cinder Bock looks to join the crew next year. Cinder is billed as a “rauchbock” or smoke bock. Unusual and playful this half-breed brew begins with a rush of smoky, almost savory, aromas and flavors. The distinctive campfire smokiness of a rauchbier lingers and beings to reveal the rich and velvety malt smoothness of a double bock with a notes of toffee and caramel. This roguish brew transforms from its bold start to a hearty and satisfying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Amber pour with a very thick tan head that recedes to a thick lasting cap. Aroma of sweet smoke and caramel malt. Lots of thick, broken lacing. Tastes pretty much like the aroma - smoke and sweet caramel. Smooth a drinkable, smoke is not over bearing, which I like. Another Very good offering from the small batch series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2012
A deep clear amber with a good frothy tan head. A light smoky-malt aroma right off the bat. Flavor is not that smoky, but well rounded with lots of deep malts and good hoppy balance. Bittering on the backside. Very complex more with each sip. Slightly smoky, but not overpowering finish. Good effort from SA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (335) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Smells like any other dopplebock, no noticable smoke notes. Tastes like smoked gouda cheese. This is better than I expected from Sam Adams, but Schlenkerla still sets the standard for Rauchbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber, caramel color with a beige head. Aroma is of smoke like smoked sausage, ham and some campfire notes along with caramel, molasses and dark fruit. The flavor follows the nose, lots of sweetness, some molasses, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit with the smokey flavors of campfire, smoked sausage and ham and woody notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty surprising Smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3680) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent pale tan head. Malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and a hint of - is that beef jerky? Flavor has a malty core with tones of smoke, barbecue and caramel and a hint of yeast. It’s almost like drinking a well-smoked sausage. (Ugh - I’m a vegetarian, but this is beer!) Smooth texture has above average body and some decent fizz. Like barbecue? Try this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Better beer than I expected. Nice bitterness to balance with the sweetness of malt which balances all that smoke. Bacon, camp fire, pork rinds. Good stuff. Would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pour from 22 ounce bomber into a snifter. This beer a amber-brown color with a 2-finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is very smokey. Taste starts out smokey and finishes up with a noticeable malt presence with the smokey presence still lingering. Not real hoppy and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall this a very interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2613) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bomber from Casa De Oro. Nice smoked nose. A little bit of sweetness as well. Flavor is fairly smokey. There is a bit of sweetness coming through as well. A bit of alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Mahogony-bronze beer with a dark cream head. Smoke/bacon aroma with malt. Sweet malt and smoke/bacon flavor with light toffee. Medium bodied. Smoke and bacon lingers with sweet caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottw86 (1137) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured a deep reddish color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is very smokey with bacon and wood. It pretty much dominates the aroma. Wow, there is also a lot of smoke in the taste. A little bit too much I think. It’s like drinking bacon. Some sweet creamy flavors as well, but the smoke is just too much for me. Some caramel in the finish.

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