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Sierra Nevada Rauch Beer
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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Only available at the brewery in Chico, our rauch beer (smoked beer) is a chestnut colored, medium bodied, dry lager. The slight hint of smoke flavor comes in from the use of a small amount of imported smoked barley malt. Perle hops for bittering and Liberty hops for aroma finish this very unique beer offering.

Previous batches 5.6%


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 10, 2007
On tap in the Taproom, Chico. Not very familiar with this style. Smelled like a smoldering campfire the morning after a raging inferno. Taste was similar in nature, like a legacy to its former self. Most flavors were subdued and gentle. Picked up some raisin, smoke of course and not too much else. Smoke stays on the palate and gets more noticeable after setting the beer down, much like a campfire clings to your clothes through the next day. Malty light on the hops, could have had a bit bolder of a body. Good level of smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Mild smoke, mint and cookie dough in the aroma. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes to a very slight ring. Strong, biscuity, round malt character with assertive but nicely balanced smoked malt character. Underlying fruity esters add depth and dimension. Medium body with fairly lively effervescence. Sampled on tap the Blind Tiger in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
On tap at Barcade. Light brown color with a small tan head. Finally a rauch that I like! Smoky aroma was very mild (probably why I liked it), with toasted malts and some caramel. Flavor was again mild smoke, followed by a rich malty backbone. The smoke wasn’t "meaty" like many rauchbiers, but nice and mellow.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
(Draft: Sierra Nevada 2005 Beer Festival at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA) This will be my final beer of this festival, and I’ve saved what I’m hoping will be the best for last. As with the others, it looks beautiful in my small Chimay glass, boasting that tall, creamy, tan head with the excellent retention and supreme curtain-like lacing. Dark amber in color, and again, it’s crystal clear. Things really get interesting with the nose. As expected, it’s very smoky, like sitting around a camp fire, but there’s also a good bit of spiciness I tend to associate with Belgian ales. Oddly enough, with as smoky as the beer smells, the initial flavor is pretty light on the smoke. But as we near the finish, the smokiness starts to build on the palate and then hangs on. Still, it’s not a beat you over the head kind of smokiness, but more subtle. Moderate maltiness also doesn’t become apparent on the front end either. Rather, the beer starts a bit nutty and gently hoppy like an English Bitter, but as I’ve noted, that is short lived. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth on the palate, and that smoky finish is just wonderful. I made the right decision by finishing with the Rauch Beer. This is really nice, and for those that don’t like smack you up smokiness, this shows how this style can be executed without being overbearing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2005
On tap at Blind Tiger. Amber in color with a little head. Malty smokey hoppy aroma. Caramel notes. Smokey hoppy caramel flavors. Finish is smokey. Smooth. Medium bodied. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Draught at Blind Tiger, NY - lighter in flavor than some other rauchs I’ve had, but that made for a much more subtle smoke flavor, which is good for me (a lot of rauchs taste a bit baconesque to me) - not overhopped as I expected from this brewery - quite malty (caramel malt mostly) - actually much better than I was expecting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
Couleur ambrée aux reflets orange foncé et remonté d’une faible quantité de mousse refusant d’adhérer au verre. Plaisant caractère de malt fumée, boisé, tourbé, sous une touche de caramel et de noix grillées et de même de fruits. La présence des composantes fumées est évidente mais tout de même un peu retenue, en faisant un breuvage intéressant dans sa balance. Texture légèrement huileuse, corps d’épaisseur semi mince, douce carbonatation. Servi en fût, Blind Tiger, N.Y., Septembre 2005.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Draft at the Blind Tiger. No head covers this cloudy amber body. Well focused if a bit too light aroma propose gentle cookie, bready, nutty flavours with obvious soily peaty smokiness procuring cask wood and campfire notes. As it warms up, every sip procures new fruit suggestions, ranging from leathery, mushroomy apricots to juicy peaches. Very good stuff, I’d only wish the body would be a bit more full and confident, less thin and oily, but this remains most satisfying, well done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Tap at dba NY. Deep reddish color with a decent head. Nice smoky aroma with notes of caramel, smoke, and hops. Nice balanced brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Tap @ Blind Tiger. One of my favorite styles and this stuff didn’t dissapoint. Kind of a light copper color with a thin veil of a head. Burnt white ash aroma and light smoky taste. Mellow light apricot flavor. Lightly sweet and balanced really well. I’d really love to see this stuff again.


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