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Stillwater / Mikkeller Rauchstar - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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86
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Scandinavian smoked ale brewed with applewood smoked malt and loads of resinous hops.. like a heavy metal BBQ in a pine forest.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-09-2011)
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Reviews by akorsak:
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle, from BBW.

A: Darker caramel brown, to the point of opacity. Can't see through the thickness of this one. An off-white head blankets the ale, covering the entire inside ring of my glass. Prodigious lacing comes with each pour.

S: Sweet smoke, think the sweetest smoked bacon you can conjure up and add some maple and barbeque to it. Underneath the smoke, a sweet caramel malt base manages to amp up that factor. The remnants of hops, aged away I'm afraid, add to the thickness of the nose. A smoked imperial barleywine has a nice ring, doesn't it?

T: Sweet smoke against the backdrop of a lot of malts. Oh yeah, and plenty of hops for good measure, certainly more than the nose let on. First the smoke, a sweet meaty flavor that controls the rest of the ale with chewy cured meat richness. The malts have the rich fullness of a barleywine, concentrated caramel and roasted bitterness - at times a stout. The hops, as aspect that I wasn't expecting to be so forward, brings a strong dose of citrus bite that lingers in the palate. Intense as death metal.

M: The smoke, heavy at first, nicely transitions to the sweet malts and overpowering hops. Man, the ale is powerful good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:34:00 | More by akorsak
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duceswild

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-01-2014 01:21:51 | More by duceswild
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mendvicdog

Maryland

1/5  rDev -73.8%

06-30-2014 13:20:23 | More by mendvicdog
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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tegelaar

Massachusetts

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01-29-2014 05:56:27 | More by tegelaar
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-28-2013 17:34:47 | More by Kirk
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with light smoked notes is quite warming. Taste is a mix dominated more by caramelized sugar with light sweet toffee notes than by smoked malt. Hops presence is not as powerful as I would have expected. Body is full with good carbonation. This must be an older bottle as it appears quite a bit of smoked and hops notes have disappeared.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 20:16:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.5%

08-30-2013 00:02:27 | More by Schlafly33
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icehawk

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28%

08-07-2013 17:33:57 | More by icehawk
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APBTMarcel

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-20-2013 04:31:04 | More by APBTMarcel
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beerist

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-30-2013 13:08:21 | More by beerist
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-24-2013 02:37:08 | More by wrightst
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-07-2013 23:37:16 | More by jsanford
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle poured into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. The brew pours a dark muddy mahogany brown color with a rich 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain about a finger seemingly throughout the entire duration. As the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of webby lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is pretty intense with smoke quality however underneath is a bounty of fruity alcohol esters coupled with hops. It displays almost a raisin-like aspect mixed with burnt sugars coming across like caramel or molasses. As I smell this brew more, it gets a bit of earthiness mixed with some mineral components across the back.

The taste initially is pretty much dominated by a beefy smoked quality that is somewhat reminiscent of pete but without the phenolics. Bacon comes to mind before the onset of the previously described fruity alcohol notes mixed with hops. Just like the nose led on, there is a flavor a bit like raisin mixed with some herbal hoppy bitterness and trace mineral aspects that lingers long into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has enough character to keep it interesting and a bit different from the usual smoke beer. However, coming from the 2 most over-priced breweries I have ever encountered, this was an epically over-priced offering that I wish I never purchased. Had it not been for my friend wanting to try this and the guy who sold it to me proclaiming it's uber rare status that I would never see again, I wish I could have a take back on this one. Even if it is offered to you for a discount price, buy something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:10:14 | More by stakem
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Arrived a hazy dark brown with a thick tan head that seemed to last forever.

Aroma of lots of smoke along with bacon. Really smelled like a campfire that someone had thrown bacon on. There was some fruit coming through as well adding another element to the smoke.

The flavor was not as heavy on the smoke as I was expecting. Lots of caramel along with bacon nicely complimenting the smokiness. A nice fruit element as well lending a nice balance to everything. I kind of wish the smoke would have been a little more prominent.

Overall, a nice take on a smoked beer. I like the fruit and hop elements making this beer just a little bit different.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 19:52:17 | More by rangerred
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-13-2012 12:34:35 | More by bcostner1
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FLima

Brazil

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Medium size creamy head with a low retention.
Very accentuated aroma of smoked malts and dark chocolate.
Sweet malty taste, hints of wood (similar to barley wines) and a hoppy resiny feel. Touches of alcohol but well hidden considering it is 9.4% ABV, giving some warmth to the beer.
Light carbonation with small bubbles. Pretty good beer, especially for who likes hoppy and/or smoked type of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 16:40:33 | More by FLima
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Kinda surprised I haven't reviewed this one until now--I only uploaded the pic on this site--but oh well. Obviously the bottle art drew me right in to this beer. Extra appearance points for incorporating Metallica, Slayer, and general black metal logos.

Poured a dark brown-black, opaque, with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Unfortunately, I was not a big fan of this beer other than it's bottle and appearance. I like a good smoked beer once in a while, but this one just wasn't doing it for me. Aroma thick with liquid smoke, malty sweetness, charred wood. More of the same in the taste, liquid smoke, strangely sweet and jarring, soy sauce and BBQ sauce, ash and charcoal, chewy caramel malts underneath, with a resinous bitterness coming in near the finish. Medium body, seemed a bit thin in mouthfeel, but definitely huge on smokey taste. This was a tough tough beer to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 17:16:12 | More by Rifugium
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice larger creamy tan 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with some spotted lacing, over a fairly clear but very dark colored beer, a mahogany ruby molasses amber colored beer.

Nose brings a nice big smoke aroma, light campfire and smoked cheese like aroma, toasted wood, but not overpowering and no real astringent like aromas. A nice dark wheat and malt aroma under that, light molasses, caramel, and light toasty malts.

Taste starts with more smoked malt, again light campfire and a bit of smoked wood. It gets slightly bitter and acrid like a burnt taste but not much. Then malts galore, light roast, crystal malts, hint of cocoa, a fair sweetness with syrupy additions, molasses, hint of caramel, toasty malts, and some dark wheat like flavors as well. Bitterness kicks in with some earthy hops and some from the charred malt and smoke. Hints of esters poke through with the light booze that also comes through. As it finishes it dries a bit, and starts to get slightly astringent from the smoke and earthy spicy hop bitterness, which lingers for a while, with a slight syrupy malt and molasses.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, bit syrupy, and a little warming booze.

Overall not bad, interesting smoked malt flavors and even better aroma, that doesn't get too overpowering, with a nice bitterness that plays on astringent with the tannins from the smoke but doesn't get too much. Light sweetness masks the booze for the most part, but it does get a bit too syrupy feeling.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:24:22 | More by jlindros
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-21-2012 12:30:38 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-21-2012 01:08:33 | More by djrn2
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-10-2012 21:22:22 | More by sludgegnome
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a dark red/brown color with a small tan had the reduced to a very thin cap on top, minimal lacing.

S: Some smoke, toffee and caramel, a little bit of molasses and brown sugar. Also a surprising amount of pine and citrus.

T: A nice combination of sweet and smokey. Lots of the same flavors from the aroma, toffee, caramel, smoke/bacon, brown sugar, and a little bit of chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice body to compliment the smokiness.

O: Pretty good rauchbier. Not a beer I would go to on a normal basis, but good to have once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 21:30:15 | More by mdaschaf
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cheesetoast


1/5  rDev -73.8%

02-28-2012 20:30:52 | More by cheesetoast
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cosmicevan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

monstrous nod to gary on helping me tick yet another major want. i mean, really...your generosity and thoughtfulness just amazes me. if there is such as a thing as a "Beer Advocate" tis you! cheers and thanks!

bottle dated 17.07.2012

a - poured 2 glasses a mikkeller bulbous wine glass and a stillwater sniftery wine glass. brew poured a chestnut brown with ruby highlights. a nice frothy creamy belgianish head lay a top. slowly bubbled away leaving small islands of bubbly creaminess and long streaks of lacing on the glass.

s - first leads with a smooth english barleywine malt, then the burnt peat smoke takes over. [the acoustic guitar comes out, redemption song sing-a-long begins...someone must've remembered the chocolate! how can we make smores without chocolate? you gotta have hershey too...it has to be the classic milk chocolate, no other will be right. oh well...i guess we'll just toast marshmellows and eat graham crackers.] that kind of campfire happens. fun and light, but smores are missing. is this thing on?

t - a bit of a roller coaster. at first, the malt comes out with some nice cooling hop...then a slight bump of bitterness, then a quick decent into the smoke, but the char is immediately put out with a somewhat brisk cooling. leaves a coat of peat, but palatable peat. decent hop somewhere in the mix...or perhaps that's some of brian's magic pixie dust that makes his beers so wonderful (sage anyone?). as i get used to it, the english barleywine like malt seems to stick out more. yum, like a smoked barleywine.

m - very crisp and cool from the start through the middle, but the end of the mouth is where the smoke really comes through and coats my mouth. a bit thick, but it is a smoked beer.

o - overall love a collaboration between these legendary brewers. the smokiness to me is reminiscent of some other mikkeller brews (although don't know of any other stillwater attempts at the style), but not as good as rauch breakfast. that being said, this beer has a really interesting twist which is very reminiscent of several stillwater beers. an almost vanilla sage vibe that is so fantastic. this is a style that is hard to really hit out of the park, but i think that this one comes in with a unique twist giving it an english barleywine malt mixed with some stillwater dust and then smoked like a jerome baker bong. enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:33:22 | More by cosmicevan
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