Against the Grain Raucho Man Randy Beverage

RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A German style Rauchbier (literally smoke beer in German) with a Kentucky twist. Nearly 50% smoke malt, both beechwood and cherry wood smoked, make this ale one smokey mother effer. The balance of the malt is German Munich malt and 60# of Kentucky grown sweet sorghum. The Munich malt lends a mellow sweetness while the sorghum lightens the body and provides citrusy and spicy notes. We then balance this beer with traditional German hops Hallertau and Tettnang.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1464) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2016 I snapped into one of these beers and it was good. Nothing spectacular but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Growler shared by Tmoney99 (2012). Pours a clear amber color with a small bubbly white head. The aroma and flavor have some meaty smoke character, hints of plastic/band aid type notes (more on the nose), some sweet malt, bready notes, a bit thin and watery with mild bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (6477) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Tap at Trion Tavern: Pours a surprising dark copper....with an off-white head. Scent is lightly smoky, caramel. Taste is again, lightly smoked...more campfire than meaty...rather barn-ish, an earthiness. Great to whet the smoke appetite with....just enough when you dont want overwhelmed by the style. A very, very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (12274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Dont really see the point of the sorghum. This one is nice, very bacony and campfirey in the scent. good smoke on the palate, not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (8678) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Growler to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; copper with nice lacing. Smells decent...for a smoked beer. Tastes alright; nothing special. Average mouthfeel. Just not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (11042) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2012
On tap at local option. Pours a clear amber orange with a clean white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is smokey with a note of bacon and cured meats. Flavor starts with a bread note but is quickly taken over Nya light smoked meat note.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebra (2025) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2012
waiting for the bloody show to start @ local option. bitter smoke, not my favorite. full, minimal, oily, raisin, licorice, skunky, nuts, abrupt, chocolate, golden

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2012
Draft. Had a few of this style in Louisville. Smokey scent and taste. Tad sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2012
On tap at brewpub
Winding down the evening I moved on to this gem of a smoked beer. Every once in a while I get a craving for them. This one is decent but falls right in the middle of the spectrum. Neither hammy or ashy it is on the fence about what impression it wants to form.

Aroma / Appearance - The coppery red body glows a little like a sackful of polished pennies in the sun. Long clear legs crawl sideways. The nose is like the smell of burnouts done in a brand new car - plasticky and rubbery. Liquid bacon lurks in the background but is not as strong.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy chewy mouthfeel melts in the mouth. Like the middle of a smoky truffle it warms the palate. This is as close as it gets to the halfway point of the smoked spectrum. I was expecting a bit more but it gets the job done well enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (11224) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Tap (growler). Light apple and barnyard malt aroma. Hazy amber color with small head. Lightly smoky strong barnyard barley malt flavor, Not your typical smoked beer - smells like Im back in a little German farm village.

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