GarrettB (1018) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 3rd, 2012 - Victory’s innovating flavors and palates with this one, their Scarlet Fire Ruachbier. To memory, my only other Rauchbier is a very German affair, and the style hit me like a smoked ham square in the face. Victory’s rauch is lighter, hinting at smoked meats with a slight smoke in the aroma, a drizzle of dark caramel, and the nostalgic scent of smoked almonds (always on the table at our house during Christmas time for some reason.) The smoky almond flavor defines the flavor too. Also of note is the absence of the smoked meats or smoked pork that I was expecting given previous experiences. This is not better or worse, per se, but it’s like discovering a family branch of flavors though they all have the same family name.
Glouglouburp (5992) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A clean golden lager with good smoke. Straightforward but effective. Solid.
How: Tap at Parker Pie, West Glover VT.
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a small off-white leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose has a good smoke presence, not quite Schlenkerla-intenisty but still more smoky than most examples of the style. Smoke character is mostly campfire with also notes of smoked ham. In mouth the beer offers a clean mouthfeel, slick-juicy texture supported by a comfortable carbonation of very soft bubbles. Taste is simple and effective. Toasted cereals that feel oily. The smoke presence is toned-down compared to the aroma and the smoke character evokes smoked meat. Hops manage to pierce through more than in most smoked beers and they have a leafy/tobacco character. A relatively dry finish with round bitterness going along very well with the smoke. Nothing groundbreaking here, a rather straightforward beer, but really gets the job done. That’s my 35th rating I enter today, I need to get some work done now, how do I pause ratebeer?
ilovedarkbeer (2233) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap pours a reddish brown color with a small head. Notes of heavy smoke, woodshop, and some earthy grains.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber-brown body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of smoke, baseball card bubble gum, and caramel. Flavor of smoke, minerals, caramel, charred grain, and light fruit.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge whitish head that recedes slowly with moderate lacing and good retention. The aroma is a fresh smokehouse, with biscuity malts that provide a nice complement to the smokiness. Taste is smokey up front with a caramel malt backbone. Notes of lemon with grassy hops and a touch of citrus along with grainy hay lies in the finish and seems to linger a bit with the smoke. Medium body, smooth, moderate fizzy carbonation.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Beechwood smoke evokes bacon bits at times, while mild oranges diversify this compelling, very drinkable Rauchbier.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty amber.
-The flavor profile is exactly what the aroma had suggested.
-The mouthfeel is smooth, not too dry, not too sweet.
-This is pretty authentic a Rauchbier. Makes me want to return to Franconia yet again!
On tap at Parker Pie, Vermont.
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated at Big Texas Beer Fest, April 2013 - Light amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of smoked ham, light honey and caramel. Taste is of leather, ham bone and hickory smoke.
TylerGreenDC (288) - - JUL 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe the best American rauchbier I?ve had. Lots of flavor behind the smoke. Not as bacony as Aecht Schlenkerla, which is fine. Crisper than some of the American attempts at the style.
keanex (1424) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Clear amber body with a creamy light tan head, excellent retention.
Aroma: The aroma is of campfire with a touch of pine and oak and hints of fruity esters.
Taste: Some fruity esters into a campfire taste that comes off a bit like burnt plastic that overlie a light caramel sweetness.
Palate: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I’ve only had a few smoked beers, but the ones I’ve had have come off more like smoked meats. This comes off a touch chemical. Not a fan.
acasteel (26) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light rauchbier. Smoke dialed back to fit with lighter body. Empty finish leaves you wondering when the fire went out