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Sierra Nevada Rauch Beer
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Tap at Barcade. Pale amber beer with a white head. Lovely soft smoky aroma over a soft munich/caramel malt base. The smoke is well-balanced by sweet malts. There is also a light blackberry fruitiness in the flavour that seems a bit strange, but not unpleasant. The hops are quite subtle, but they serve to balance the combination of sweet fruit, smoke and berries. This is a quaffable, tasty pint from Sierra Nevada.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6122) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 Tap at Boston Sunset Grill. Cloudy amber body topped with a small off-white head. Moderately smoked on the nose. The malts have a maple taste and its smokiness adds a smoked-ham flavour with some roasted nuts and dry tree branches. Sweetness level is low which I like with that type of beer. Taste is somewhat restrained and obviously far from the intensity of a Schlenkerla. This really is a session Smoked and a pretty good one at that. Makes me glad to be a beer lover. Hey, at least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
The body’s caramel colored and spots a thin off-white head. Very little smoke in the nose, mainly some grainy malt with a touch of sourness. Thin drink with some caramel and a quick passing of smoke. Disappointing.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4795) - 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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 2/10/07
Ruddy auburn with beige-tan hues and a medium-beige head that is small but well-retained, providing minor lacing. Well-conditioned and showing a high clarity with moderate carbonation.
Dry woodsmoke in the nose only incorporates a bit of salty/meatiness. Unfortunately, crystal malt hardness is very apparent lending that "iced tea and hard candy" sort of note that always seems too dry when used to the point where you can smell it. This keeps it quite dry and actually distracts from the smokiness through the middle. Light breadiness and a some sweet pale maltiness lends a light vanilla cream note that almost succeeds in warding off the crystal maltiness. Smoke returns, lightly, on the finish, with light phenols of clove, black pepper and some light band-aids. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma that definitely improves vastly with warming. The sweeter malts emerge and fend off the hard crystal malts, while the smokiness seems to grow stronger as well. No alcohol noted.
Wet/slippery texture with a prominent hardness thanks to the crystal malts, that slowly eases up and allows light pale malt sweetness in to the picture. Smokiness arrives quietly and with an almost scratchy, wooden dryness. Strong breadiness fights with the sweetness and a moderate amount of acidity begins to build. The smoke isn’t overdone (can you really overdo smokiness? haha), that’s for sure and definitely is of the more dry, less full variety. Low to moderately-low carbonation somewhat helps to concentrate the sweetness and offset some of the oily/wetness. Hickory-like woodsmoke, with lots of fruitiness, lingers on quite nicely. No alcohol noted. Hops are earthy and lightly grassy at times, leading to some pleasant, additional complexity. Tastefully done, as always, from SN, but I wish they’d cut out the crystal malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Draft at Blind Tiger. Murky brown pour with nice lacing. Aroma is slight roast, chocolate, a touch of smoke... more the smoke you’d smell from a campfire than a traditional peat smoke or the whole bacon thing you usually get in smoked beers. There is more of the peat in the flavor, with slight sweetness. Very lethargic. Fruitiness comes out as the beer warms.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
On tap at the Torpedo Room. It pours a nice rich gold color with an off white head. The aroma is strong with smoked wood and ham. The flavor is full bodied and super smoky, almost peaty phenolic with ham, brown sugar and light notes of fruit. Slightly heavy on the palate and sweet. The smoke is intense, which I love, but almost too much even for me.


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