freekyp (2466) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2016 KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The pour was a clear light to medium brown with a slight amber hue and had an average size (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that quickly dissipated and produced fair lacing.
The aroma was a nice mix of toasted grain malts, a light spruce hop and a cheesy yeast with a strong smoky note.
It tasted a little sweet and malty with a hint of caramel at first then became slightly bitter with a moderate smoky note at the end with the flavor lasting a decent amount of time after the swallow.
Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body and had a dry texture with a nice mild carbonation.
Overall it was kind of what I expected from a Rauchbier, a strong smoke characteristic which basically took over in the flavor department at the finish.
Sam Adams really nailed this one. I love rauchbier, and this is both well brewed and interesting. The use of a blonde ale as a base is unexpected, but works incredibly well allowing the ample smoky flavors to shine through while delivering nuanced floral and wheat notes. Pours up clear golden with a bit of lacing courtesy of the one finger white head. Each swallow builds to a smoky crescendo which then fades quickly to a long mildly malty and slightly salty finish. Spicy continental hops start rise as the sky aspects fade. Excellent. GRM (4238) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Glass, draught, 2 ounces, served in a Samuel Adams glass during the Brunch and beer held by the The Boston Beer Company, trip to the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: caramel, slightly hazy, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: smoke, malt, caramel, meaty; mouth: smoke, malt, caramel, meaty, finale in smoke with meaty presence, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly sticky texture; overall: fine
Verre, en fût, 2 onces, lors du Brunch and Beer tenu par The Boston Beer Company, voyage au Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : caramel, très légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : fumé, malt, caramel, viandeux; bouche : fumé, malt, caramel, viandeux, finale en fumé avec présence viandeuse, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement collante; en résumé : bien brandon1989 (712) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours an amber color with a thick off white head that left plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma is smokey, sweet malts, caramel, woody,and some hops. The taste is more of the same. This beer is a great example of the style and I highly recommend it. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
12oz bottle -
Picked up in the Harvest Collection 12-pack from Sammy. A really underwhelming rauchbier. I was really hoping for something close to Aecht Schlenkerla, but this was far, far from that. This beer pours out a cream soda colored body, clear with a scant white head. Aroma has a light malty aroma, subtle dirty penny and a really light smoke aroma. Flavor has a little more smoke character, but it’s subtle with a slightly salty flavor, a little caramel malts but really kept under wraps. Too bad too. I was really hoping for an American beer that’s quite smokey and not a stout/porter. slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"pours a nice clear amber orange. the aroma has to be worked for when poured cold, but it opens up eventually. but the first sip popped with nice sweet toffee malt and a sharp kick of smoke that lingered after. nice one from Sam Adams, best beer in the fall mixer."
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of grain, smoke, caramel, and nuts. Flavor of smoke, grain, toffee, some dark fruit, caramel, and bread. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a dark amber hazy body, no head, no lacing.
The smell had smokey meaty coming through in a dull bland way
The was exactly the same as the smell and was really heavy.
The palate sat about a medium, not exactly sessionable (at IMO), bland sticky aftertaste pounding all around my tongue, assault by carbonation, bland meaty finish.
Overall, however I guess this still fits the style, but I’m not a fan of this whatsoever. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
10/4/2011. 12 oz. bottle from a mixed seasonal case. Amber color with a tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, malt and with a hint of smoke. Flavors hold the smoke and caramel throughout and the finish is light hops. I like this one. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Slightly hazed orangish amber with a medium taupe topper. campfire aroma of roasted malt, smoke and not much else. Taste of sweet malt, smoke and caramel with a zippy finish. alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
12 oz bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, moderate smoked character, lightly fruity, a hint of peat. The smoke is constantly there, but not overbearing.