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. It’s fermented with Calfkiller’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3060) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4007) - - NOV 3, 2013
bottle. slightly hazy gold with a large, fluffy, white head. sweet, floral, pineapple aroma with bacon. like a grilled/smoked pineapple. flavor has less smoked notes but still has a lightly sweetened pineapple note. light bodied, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2013
750 ml. Hazy golden pour with a one inch, creamy head and lots of effervescent action in the body; the look of a Belgian Tripel. Nose of smoky wheat and resin, with a hint of dish soap. Taste is upfront with smoke and light wheat that develops into a smoky, lightly peppery cracker with some touches of wild garlic, green grass, resins and lightly sour citrus on the finish. I normally only consume beer, but this seems like it would pair nicely with some sort of fish. I might take up eating food again just to see. Light body is smooth, and surprisingly seems lightly carbonated with a slight oily texture, and is to the dry side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3077) - 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 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 doesn’t really prepare you for the flavor. Taste is a lightly malty wheat with nice hints of smoke. I didn’t 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle at the chriso May 2014 tasting - London. Pours perfectly clear yellow with a big, frothy white head. The aroma is all pale wood, dry smoke and pale bread. Light sweet flavor, a bit dry, with dry smoke, birch. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Modest sweetness to finish with white bread and lingering smoke. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (6489) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisso’s May 2014 tasting 25/05/2014. Thanks to Chris!. Yellow / straw coloured pour with a persistent white head. Aroma is fizzy, effervescence, light smoke and grainy. Flavour is composed of orange peel, straw, earthy whaet grains, hint of smoke. Palate is dry, fairly crisp. Solid interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Chriso May 2014 tasting. Smokey bacon. Clear gold lasting white head. Smokey bacon rather good and drinkable. Light some grassy hop and tang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (4701) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle at Chriso’s May tasting, London. It pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is grainy, floral and sweet with notes of ashy wood, ripe pineapple, roasted oak chips. Taste is again lightly sweet and crispy, with notes of wheat, hay, pineapple, citrus, campfire. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, interesting, quite an odd one

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