Yazoo / Calfkiller The Beacon
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
What is The Beacon, you might ask? Calfkiller and Yazoo brewed this beer with some German oak smoked wheat malt, local TN honey, and some in-house Calfkiller-roasted coffee. Itís fermented with Calfkillerís house ale yeast and unfiltered. I am so happy with how it turned out! The nose is fresh, clean and slightly flowery. The smoked wheat shows up in the beginning of the first sip, followed by a herbal, earthy body but finishing dry and only slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
I thought the label said "Cat-Killer" and thats about the whole of what I remember about this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fluffy (2361) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
despite the weird cast of ingredients, somehow it kinda works, although it shouldnt. i get the smoke, a little bit of floral, a little bitter. weird, but a unique idea regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Cloudy hold color with a nice white head. Wheat, dark honeyed notes, some yeast and the smoke. Neat beer. Hints of spice and sweetness dance in between the smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WooPigBrewey (46) - North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Nice clean aroma, but doesnít really prepare you for the flavor. Taste is a lightly malty wheat with nice hints of smoke. I didnít notice the honey, but perhaps is just balancing the smokiness with more overall sweetness. Sort of earthy in the dry finish. Unique. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
22 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. The pour is a lightly hazed golden with a 1 inch white foamy head. The aroma is clove along with soft lemon rind and an earthy wheat grain. The taste is the grainy wheat that turns to lemon citrus and lemon peel and finishes with more of the somewhat rough earthy wheat The palate is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a fairly thin finish. Didnít even realize this was supposed to have smoke until I read the description, I suppose that is the "earthiness" I was experiencing. Decent enough, thanks for sending this my way Phil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Big bottle from The Market on Washington and High. Pours a really cloudy light yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is tart with lots of lemon and flowers. Smells like a straight up witbier, basically. The flavor is where the difference is. It is quite odd that the coffee and smoke are not detectable in the nose at all, yet come out in the flavor, albeit not very strong. This is a very light bodied brew and the addition of coffee is weird, but it works. It rounds out the finish nicely. What starts as a citrusy refresher with a wheaty body ends with a suggestion of smokey iced coffee. There is a well balanced sweetness to offset the sour and smokey notes. This is a great session beer and different too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3458) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours clear light yellow with a large billowy white head. Very faint smoke aroma with some citrus; but overall not much aroma at all. The flavor follows the aroma. Unexciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
larrydcarter (11) - Cookeville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottled 750ml with no food pairing. Aroma was of citrus and smoke. Poured into a a nice standing white head. Appearance was a hazy golden color. One first taste my impression my thoughts where " sell the brewery, this is not good." But it only took a sip or to for my palate to adjust to the oddity in my mouth. This beer was full bodied yet finished very dry. Notes of smoked wheat dominated this beer. Finished dry with just enough bitterness to make you want the next drink. Not the best beer Iíve ever had, but surely a very different flavor and nice to have every once and a while. Nice to have these guys local.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2013
750ml Bottle Pours a hazy Amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet malts , grains and a bit of spice and smoke. Taste is smoky, malts and spice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2013
750 ml bottle compliments of nearbeer. Poured a hazy orange color. Unfiltered, some floaties. Nose of earth, peet, yeast and a faint floral aroma. Smoke immediately up front mellows into a nice wheat flavor with a little scorch at the back end. No hint of smoke on the finish, but thereís some hops that linger. This is a tough one to figure out.

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