5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Garnet colored, large frothy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Smoked malt aroma, slight plastic and band-aid, every so slight.   Otherwise charred wood and burnt apples.   Less of the plastic and band-aid I
smelled on the nose, which is nice.   Not as malty as I would have liked, seems a touch thin.   As it warms it becomes a little simple, soft smoked malts and thats about it.   The smoke aspect needs to be more pronounced,
more ashy/woody.   Like a lot of other Sam Adams beers, this is a lighter version of many out there, which perhaps would make for a good gateway Rauchbier.   Not bad, but needs a little more umph. falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2013
Smoky aroma with a bready malt scent too. Doesn’t look like much, and no head or lace to it. Smoked flavor is pretty strong and has a bit of a lingering after taste. They have made better, but would be good with skme bbq. jordinc (117) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle. Lots of smoke in the nose, which also comes through strong in the flavor. Woody, and a very subtle sweetness that balances the smoke nicely. Perfect for drinking while sitting in front of the fire. Lemke10 (996) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with a thin head that dissolves quickly. Smokey malts are the most noticeable scent. You don’t have to search for the tastes as the smoked malts hit the taste buds right away. Has a great body and texture to go along with its unique taste. For whatever reason it’s pretty hard to find a smoked beer as I’ve only ever had 2 out of trying over 200+ beers. This one is delicious and probably one of my favorite Sam Adams products.
GarrettB (1691) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
November 23rd, 2011 - Rauchbiers are kind of combustible. This makes sense for a beer that reeks and tastes of smoke. But by combustible, I mean that rauchbiers are prone to being too smoky, or hyper-saturated, and even the smallest sip can be like licking the end of a smoked pork butt. Mercifully, Sam Adams’ rauchbier is finely tuned to keep the drinker drinking. It is, of course, a dark color, and the aroma is predictably smokey and intense. Smoked ham is the bulk of the aromatic character, but an appreciable vinegar tang is evident as well. Like an oatmeal stout, the aroma is not necessarily sweet, but just substantial. The body is slightly thinner than I expected, but this gives it a more drinkable quality, and that’s something an intensely flavored brew like this might need. Indeed, this brew reminds me of the warm, robust broth of a good shoyu ramen, and that means this tastes like something that is better as a broth than a drink. But the deep umami richness benefits this beer, and its drinker, with a flavor profile that leans more heavily towards soy sauce than other rauchbiers. Good, drinkable and engaging, this might be the star of my Sam Adams winter box set.
jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a large off-white head. Moderately sweet aroma with notes of smoke, bread and caramel. Moderately sweet flavor of roasted malts, light smoke, caramel and a faint, strange fruitiness. Light throughout with a weak finish. Not bad but could have down without the strange fruity notes.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
From memory, but remember this being smokey and pleasant. Not fantastic, but on of the more memorable from SA back in the day.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DCLawyer (2931) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle->SA glass. Reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma is smoke and caramel. Flavor is stronger smoke with malt. Hard to explain, but the smoke character feels contrived in this one. Just OK. Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
The beer is burnt orange with a small, off white head. The aroma is of smoke, malt, light peat, sweetness. Decent flavor. Smoke is there, but sweet malt overtakes it. This is a decent brew, but not on the same level as Aecht Schlenkerla’s masterpieces. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-23-2011 larsniclas (7285) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled at SBWF11
Clear copper colour.
Smoke and leather in both aroma and flavour.
Slightly stale mouthfeel.