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Smoke Out - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 38
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 40.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CrellMoset on 11-13-2008

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 2L growler (from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA) into a pint glass.

Thin head since it's the end of the growler, white with coarse bubbles and some lacing. From past (and more aggressive) pours, the head can get quite large and is too coarse to sip off nicely. Body is a clear brownish amber.

Nose is woody and smokey with a hint of apple and of honey; smells like a real German bock/lager.

Taste is nice and smooth-- hickory smoke and smooth malt. Almost no hops flavor to be found here. Slightly undercut by carbonation. Nice aftertaste, malty, faint honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Not bad, but slightly prickly due to the slightly higher-than-ideal carbonation.

Drinkability is *very* high; if the ABV is accurate on this site, it's not at all noticeable and I could drink this all night. (NB: The 2011 batch of Smoke Out clocks in at 7% ABV according to the brewery) Pairs nicely with blander/heartier foods (think potatoes or maybe meat) as opposed to spicy or more delicate foods.

One dimensional, perhaps, but it doesn't pretend otherwise. A good beer to make a convert out of your mainstream-beer loving friend (although you should ask yourself if someone who loves mainstream beer is really your friend). Not recommendable for people who don't like smokey flavor, but if you do, you're in for a treat!

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bottled July 2013.
Orangey gold pour, just about no head. A few white whisps on top.

Aroma, some sweeter caramel and toffee. Campfire, very light smoked bacon.

Taste, a barbeque smoke, light caramel, grainy malt. A honey bacon. Some nice earthiness. Lingers pretty well.

Light side of medium, higher carbonation. Much higher carbonation than the appearance would leave one to believe. Goes down easy, but you have to like the smoke. Was pleasantly surprised by this compared to two years ago reviews.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured draft, a slightly cloudy but overall clear orange. A muted appearance. Barely off-white displayed slight lacing, and not great retention. Initially rather effervescent.

I went into this beer having been tipped off to a new rauchbier - a style I find under-appreciated - being available on tap. So, I should admit that my palate was biased. Anyway, this beer was fruitier than anticipated (in both the aroma and taste).

I'd say some sour (smoke tinged, perhaps?) apple and light malts to the nose. The smoke quality comes from BBQ wood chips.

Tastes of a lightly smoked fruity helles. A tinge of smoke. Kinda like an apple-ish bread (not to the extent of having full apple or even flavor involved) that is a tad overly toasted - in, for example, a meat smoker or charred grill.

Pretty smooth. A somewhat creamy feel, with a medium body.

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Poured from a 2L swing-top growler into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Filled at the brewery 18 June. From notes. Reviewed 29 June 2011.

A: Two-fingers of tight head, big and pleasant. Copper-cloudy with plenty of bubbles. Really good lacing.

S: Cooked meat. Firepits. Smoooke (duh). Some malty sweetness.

T: Malty-sweet with a robust smokiness throughout. Smoother, richer, and more subtle than expected. Hints of milk chocolate. Aftertaste is soft, then a bit tart(?), then smoothly malty...creamy almost.

M: Very nice! I wonder if it would be more carbonated if it hadn't spent so long in the growler. As it is, the beer is smooth and creamy until the very end, which brings a touch of dryness.

O: Good rauchbier. Sweeter than expected; soft and undemanding. The smoke is secondary, but always in the background. Recommended. I would drink again.

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Pours a clear golden body with creamy never say die head that leaves lace as it slowly descends. A smokey, but not too smokey (i.e. beef jerky) smell and I can detect a hint of sweetness. Taste is more of the same as this medium-bodied beer isn't as dry or cutting as other smoke beers, but has a good smoke profile and also some sweet caramel and other sugary malts poke through. Not as "smokey" as other rauchbiers and the profile of the beer is a little generic but overall I enjoyed this one.

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Smoke Out from Starr Hill Brewery
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