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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smoke. That’s what this beer is about. We love traditional German Rauchbier (Smoked Lager) but we also love to share our beer and welcome patrons into new styles. The use of American Cherrywood Smoke in our version creates a slightly sweeter smoke profile that is more like bacon than campfire. Perfect with anything from the smoker or grill, this beer will seem assertive on the first sip but will quickly become an all day crusher once the palate acclimatizes to the new experience.

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3.9
RabbleRouseRye (18) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2017
I love the smokey taste of a traditional German Rauchbier and Monkey Paw doesn’t disappoint with this beer. Although I will say it is a a slightly sweeter smoke profile than I am used to with this style. If your looking to pair this with food it goes with just about any red meat from steak to sausage. Just a very fun beer.

3.5
blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Nice smoked malty base, a bit of toffee-sweet malts, light husky notes, and a lingering smoked malty finish. Pretty good.

3.5
hayduke (5617) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was dark amber with and off-white head. Nose is distinctly smoke, and barbeque touches. Medium body. Flavor is roasted malts and a lot of smoke. Good smoked beer.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13695) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Pours clean brown with a medium, creamy beige head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is sweet smoked wood, toast malt and earthy hops. Flavor is phenolic smoke, sweet wood, toast malt, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

2.6
kaser (6366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
From notes: Smokey Carmel maple and jimmy dean sausage flavor. Lots going on. Not good or bad. Weird. Draft pour at baileys taproom in Portland

4
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pours a copper-amber with a one finger tan head with a little lacing. Aroma is of smoke, burnt caramel, sweet malts, BBQ meat, leather, and some burnt pine. Taste is BBQ, burnt toast, BBQ meat, molasses, leather, citrus, and pine. Has a medium body with a slighty creamy mouthfeel and and smokey, slighty bitter, medium finish. Overall, a tasty, complex smoked that would go great with BBQ.

3.7
Theydon_Bois (20425) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Keg at Monkey Paw, SD, 21/04/14. Clear golden with a moderate light beige covering that retains well. Nose is smoked malts, toffee, brown bread, light camp fire. Taste comprises a big smoked malt presence tempered with sweet caramel, smoked bacon, toffee fudge, BBQ pit bits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light drying close with a smokers jacket. Solid smoked offering, one of the best in fact !

3.6
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
Draught at the brewpub in San Diego. Clear amber/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty smoked aroma, fruity, roasted, sweetish but with a balance on the smoke. Kinda discreet smoke flavor, sausages, fruity, roasted, ash notes, grapes, ash, some caramel. Very nice smoked.

3.6
Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
On tap at brewpub
My final pour before moving on was a very respectable rauchbier. It did not have the big meaty foundation of some other examples. At the same time it was also light enough to not grind down the palate. I probably would pass on it a a second time but only because there were so many other choices.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid base has a nice rich brown hue like dark stain applied to virgin pine. Ivory head traps the smells of bacon, smokehouse ham, and malts. The combination is cohesive but does not dominate the experience completely.

Flavor / Palate - Honey, wheat, peanut butter, and bacon are a very unusual blend of breakfast buffet flavors piled into a pint glass. The finish is not unlike a quality dry rub and had me wanting to find the nearest local BBQ to sate my appetite. A well balanced release does not go overboard on the smoked aspects yet still manages to please.

4
jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma has huge smoke notes with some leather, caramel and charred barbeque edges. Taste is of heavy smoke, Kansas City BBQ, molasses, caramelized burnt edges, and leather.


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