Smoked Beer / Rauchbier

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial American Stout

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There is a lot that goes into this brew.  Holy Water, lactose (milk sugar), smoked malts (ash and hickory wood), and burnt grains.  The brew day was definately interesting as the brewers did their best to ward off evil vampires.  Not joke, I wrote down ‘chocolate milk’ as one of the taste of this beer […] ... [Read more]

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

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Am I in Bamberg, Germany?  This beer smelled like the beech wood smoked classics from Aecht Schlenkerla.  The smokey aroma rose from the bottle and glass with ease.  Interestingly, the woody notes brought this variation close to that of a Bourbon barrel aged beer.  However, it lacked the alcohol sting and carried a lighter wood […] ... [Read more]

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

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Oak Smoke is an interesting product that is released in the winter around Christmas time.  What makes this beer so interesting and unique?  Well for starters its flavor and aroma are developed by using oak wood during the kilning process rather than beech wood.  Beech wood gives Aecht’s beers a distinct aromatic nose that is something […] ... [Read more]

Surly Smoke Lager

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in MN? Drink Surly. Today, I had the pleasure of drinking my second in a series of Surly special release beers. Less impressed than I had hoped with Four, I still had high expectations of Smoke. My father’s generous gift pours like a root beer, a […] ... [Read more]

Stone Smoked Porter

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Last Friday when I sampled and reviewed this beer, the week seemed to drag on longer than it needed to. After a night of dinner and bowling with some friends, I came home and simply wanted to unwind. In keeping with a tradition I started 2 years ago of having a post-work week brew (every […] ... [Read more]