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Deep Purple Rauchbier - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bendurgin on 07-10-2010

Smoke on the water! This Bamberg inspired smoked ale is bacon in a glass. Very polarizing beer, you either like the style and taste, or you never want to drink it again. Unique, brewed using German malts and Noble hops.
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 9
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Tap at the festival.

Semi clear auburn color, light fizzy head.

Nose some smoke, soapy perfumy aromatics, light campfire, caramel, sweet malts, chewy malt like, charcoaly.

Taste Smoke galore, campfire smoke, hint of peat like smoke even, caramel and reddish malts, chewy, light earthy grassy hops, a bit of bitterness, little creamy even, and a heat from the smoke itself but fluffy. Finish is long smoke, bitterness, light astringent.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but not great, I've had better and worse Rauchbiers. It brings plenty of smoke, but not much else I think.

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@ Novare Res, Portland ME

Dark orange with a thin head. Some crescent moon retention to begin with but all foam is pretty much dead by 4 fingers.

Smells like campfire, bread crust and fig jam.

Smoke, of course, is the base but the malty depth is as good as I've ever had in a rauch - MacIntosh apple, gingerbread and as it warms the sweetness settles down and it tastes like a smoked pretzel. Not as smokey as it could be but the malt character is complimentary and enjoyable enough that it works.

I've yet to have a Marshall Wharf beer that didn't impress the pants off me and once again I find myself pant-less.

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In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head.

It had a caramel and an understated smoke aroma.

The taste was smoky caramel, with a little vanilla.

This was a very smooth and delicious beer. The smoke was kind of in the background, and not right in your face. Very nice.

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Deep Purple Rauchbier from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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