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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed as a homage to the classic Rauchbiers of Bamberg, Germany, this lager has an assertive, distinct aroma of campfire and hickory, with billowing flavors of sweet, smoky goodness. Not for the meek...Gold Medal winner at GABF ’15

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Theydon_Bois (20929) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2017
Bottle split at RB Best awards dinner, thanks to SHIG I presume, 30/01/16.
Amber to golden with a decent off white head.
Nose is smoked malts, spice, toffee, smoked meats, earthy fruit rinds.
Taste comprises subtle smoked tones, gammon, toffee, malts, grains, brown bread, Frazzles.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid smoked affair.

mR_fr0g (13675) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle shared at Ratebeer awards show. 30/01/2016. .A clear amber orange coloured pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is big smoked malts, phenols, TCP, medicinal. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, nutty malts, biscuit caramel, smoked malts, TCP. . Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, drying finish. Not a big fan of the TCP.

asedzie (834) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Bottle from Percy’s in Juneau. The guy working the store tried to get me to buy some funky brett stuff. So glad I didn’t listen. Wow - just wow. This is classic Michael Jackson style best beers of the world stuff. Nose is rich and complex - not fake smoke, real deep notes of smoke. Umami everywhere in the taste, so rich and satisfying. Finishes very clean - IMO up there with some of the best rauchbiers I’ve had from Germany.Incredible that a small AK microbrewery is doing this!

bhensonb (15861) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Tap at the brewpub. Pours very dark brown; slight head. Smoky aroma. Med + body. Flavor is very dark toffee and smoky. Just a hint of hop. Just a mildly sweet. Just excellent.

deyholla (12463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear copper with a light yellow brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice smoke note with some sweet grains and a bit of hickory. Flavor has that same nice smoke note with a decent amount of hickory and a sweet grain backbone.

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle courtesy of SHIG. Cheers, Shawn! Pours an amber red with an off-tan head. Nose is campfire, bandaid, some toast and dry yeast. Flavor is nice toasted malt with lager, smoke, bandaid, and a nice malt character tying it all together. Light to medium in body and delicious for a smoked beer, especially a smoked lager.

Iphonephan (7343) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear cola with an ecru head. Nutty nose. Flavors of smoked wood and burnt toast. Smooth and mellow finish.

fiulijn (21470) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
Tasting at Eugene’s; 5.7% ABV
Dark amber color, medium sized head. Smokey and meaty aroma, fresh. Nice flavor, but quite shallow; mellow and moderately smoked; low bitterness.

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2016
22oz bomber, courtesy of SHIG, thanks Shawn, pours with a clear mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up smooth soft meaty smokiness flowing into caramel malts, thin roasted malts and a sense of dark fruity esters. The taste delivers a blend of sweet malts, caramel like malts and then smooth soft alderwood like smokiness. It gets a little mineral like toward the finish amid the malts and smookiness. Solid brew that creates a pleasing balance.

phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle that I think SHIG left behind at RBWG 2016, so we opened it the last night at the Hyatt lobby fart share. Pours a clear deep orange with a small off-white head that settles into a ring and film while leaving ropes of lace in the glass. Big hickory smoked malts throughout, with leaves, toast, and muddled fruits. Light-bodied, with a smooth, smoky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Decent smoked beer.

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