juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark Amber in color and topped by a small, rocky head of off white foam that quickly fades and leaves steaks of lace on the glass. The aroma is still quite smokey with notes of woody, oak smoke, smoked meat, spicy rye, scorched caramel, and some toffee sweetness. The smoked malts are the star and come across very meaty. The flavor follows with the smoked malts and meats up front followed by some spicy rye and bread. Burnt caramel and toffee add a touch of sweetness to balance out the rich smokiness from the malts. Medium bodied and smooth with balanced carbonation that leads to a lengthy, smokey finish with the alcohol adding a bit of warmth. Maybe not quite as good as the first time I had it, but still a really interesting take on the smoked beer style. Solid beer. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Brown in color with a smaller tan head. Peat, iodine and spicy rye scents. Quite meaty in aroma. Lots of smoked malt flavors. Lightly sweet and a touch tangy. Smooth feel, with just a little zip. 11/10
bytemesis (9510) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from 2011 - thanks to TheAlum! Pours cloudy hazel, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is wood smoke, a bit of meat, caramel, toffee. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, a hit of smoke up front, meaty, a bit of rye spice. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel, kinda hot. Bacterial (3074) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from many years ago that has been sitting in my fridge. Not sure why I hung onto this for so long but I drank the other bottles before I started rating beer. I’ve recently begun to appreciate the smoked style and despite this bottle sitting for so long in my fridge, the smoke is still quite pronounced. Clear dark amber pour with a nice off-white head. Some lacing. Smoky malty nose. Mellow smoky taste with some nice caramel roast in the finish, a hint of sweetness. Really nice, wishing I had some nice BBQ pork to go along with this beer. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"yum! excellent beer, and I think the best NEW NG offering I’ve had in a while. smokey aroma blends well with sweet carmel malts and a touch of hops and rye. flavor is juuust about as good. mahogony in color. couldn’t keep my nose off the glass and it went away too fast. thanks John."
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a brown color with white head. Smoke, spicy, toast aromas and flavors. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Amber/Brownish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head, Very Minimal Lacing
S: Smokey, Mild Caramel, Mild Rye
T: Liquid Smoke, Caramel
M: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Smokey, Mildly Sweet
Overall, other than the smoke and a caramel character, if there is Rye in this beer, it gets completely masked by the heavy smoke properties. Wasn’t a fan. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Typical unplugged appearance with the universal Unplugged label, red foil, and Smoked Rye Ale sticker on the neck. Looks like this is from early 2011.
A - Pours a clear dirty red body. The last oz. or so was pretty grimy with sediment. Fingers worth of off white foam. Really nice lacing and retention.
S - Nice balance between smoked malts and caramel sweetness. Maybe a touch of spice and fruit, but this is otherwise pretty much occupied by the smoke and its hard to pick out much more. Smells really nice though.
T - Smoked ham, BBQ sauce, alcohol, and soooome rye spice. Like drinking a beer with a shot of liquid smoke added. Its awfully tasty but holy hell does it get tiring and rich after a while. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol creeps up in the end.
O - Not the most smokey beer I’ve had, but probably the richest and meatiest. This is a real winner if you liked smoked beers with notes of meat. After each sip I feel like I’ve been chewing on a bonfire.