GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. The smoke is definitly noticeable in the flavor. It has a chesnut flavor that rests on the palate outstanding.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. One of my favorite styles and this stuff didnít 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. Iíd really love to see this stuff again.
pint16 (4) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at OíBriens. Beautiful copper hue with a faint head retention. A beer like this incorporates the smell and taste simultaneously. Alcohol is low but the warming factor is high. The essence of being around a campfire without the smoke in your face.
Tastes of hickory and a well seasoned char. The finish is not going to fade for a while, so enjoy.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Sierra Nevada 2005 Beer Festival at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA) This will be my final beer of this festival, and Iíve saved what Iím 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, itís crystal clear. Things really get interesting with the nose. As expected, itís very smoky, like sitting around a camp fire, but thereís 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, itís not a beat you over the head kind of smokiness, but more subtle. Moderate maltiness also doesnít become apparent on the front end either. Rather, the beer starts a bit nutty and gently hoppy like an English Bitter, but as Iíve 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 donít like smack you up smokiness, this shows how this style can be executed without being overbearing.
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at dba NY. Deep reddish color with a decent head. Nice smoky aroma with notes of caramel, smoke, and hops. Nice balanced brew!
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 wasnít "meaty" like many rauchbiers, but nice and mellow.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at BJís in Laguna Hills, CA. Pours a clear amber color with a minimal head. Iíd say that this beer is lightly smoked, both in the nose and in the flavor. You can certainly get the smokiness, but itís nowhere near Alaskan Smoked Porter, for example. I like smoked beers, and I thought that this struck a good balance between smokiness, drinkability and mass appeal.
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Blind Tiger, NY - lighter in flavor than some other rauchs Iíve 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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at OíBriens. Arrived a clear burnt caramel color with a very small head, but lots of nice bubble streams rising through the class. Aroma is not surprisingly smokey, but features some caramel maltiness and citrus notes as well. Smokey sweet and hoppy brew in the flavor, sorta like a SN Harvest Ale over the campfire. The sweetness emerges as it warms, bringing toasty and toffee malts with a nice smokiness and a bright citrus and floral hop character in the finish. Medium body and tingly carbonation. Nice, out of the box brew from SN.