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Smoke Monster - Black Husky Brewing

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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Husky Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheSSG on 12-21-2012

Smokey is a dog not quite right in the head, some might even say insane. One of her most beloved activities is digging a deep hole in the ground and barking into it for hours on end. We aren’t quite sure what she’s looking for but we suspect she is looking to take on the Smoke Monster. If anyone could defeat the Smoke Monster it would be Smokey so we offer you Smoke Monster in recognition of her tireless efforts.
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 4
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3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.3/5  rDev -22%

Photo of bound4er
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Turbid, muddy brown appearance with an off white head of one finger that fades at a glacial pace. Smells of smoky, cured meats - summer sausage, bacon, beef jerky and pepperoni. The cured meat aromas from the nose carry over to the palate in only the slightest manner which is probably a good thing. I get smokey, toasted malt followed by a nice shot of acidity to keep this very drinkable. The mouthfeel is incredible - rich, thick and creamy. New Glarus' and Lakefront's rauchbiers are the only I've previously had - both were good but nothing special. Black Husky's is easily a step or two above - this is a must try if you're into smoked beers.

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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.9% ABV

A - The quite pour initially filled the glass with a clear dark, dark brown beer that looked completely lifeless when, out of nowhere, a creamy mousse-like tan Guinness-style head formed and began relentlessly cascading. The massive cap of dense foam leaves lace on the glass as it slowly creeps down the sides.

S - As funny as it sounds, the complexity of the smoke wafting from Black Husky's Smoke Monster is pretty deep. Smoldering campfire lingers in the background as smoked sausage, bacon, and earthy peat smoked malt all rise to the forefront, underscored by chocolaty roasted malt.

T - Rich and creamy milk chocolate wanders across the palate lazily, toting an inner caramel sweetness a la Milk Duds and while smoke might be the focal point of the aroma, it drifts through the flavor going largely unnoticed as it comes across more like roasted malt.

M - As smooth as silk and creamier than a draught Guinness, Black Husky's Smoke Monster has an absolutely incredibly full-bodied presence that, despite the beer's other fantastic traits, is almost the crowning achievement of the beer. This drinks exactly like a nitro'ed stout and is subtly nudges you with warm alcohol presence.

O - I was warned about this beer by the owner and brewmaster, Tim about a month before opening it. His exact words escape me but essentially, Smoke Monster isn't usually supposed to turn out this way. I can't speak to how Smoke Monster normally turns out but, whatever he did to "mess it up", I sure hope he kept track of, because Smoke Monster is not only one of the greatest smoked beers to hit my lips, it's already on my list as favorite beers of the year and one that won't soon be forgotten. The rich, creamy texture is something to behold - if it can be replicated (and actually isn't nitro'ed)...let's just say Left Hand's techniques will be reckoned with. Smoke Monster is just simply amazing.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of sisterthelonious
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty brewbies 6oz tasting glass.

A- Dark brown, a touch thin around the edges of the glass. Nothing outstanding, visually. No head to speak of. At first I was worried that I got a flat bottle. A few bubbles come to the surface after the pour.

S- Outstanding. Smoke like a wildfire. A little chocolate on the nose.

T- Like a s'more made with a burnt marshmallow and then breathing in a little campfire smoke. Stars with a ton of chocolate and caramel. Sweetness hits your first followed by the explosion of smoke. Nice peaty tones, too.

M- Really great. It looks thin, but tastes richer than most Imperial Stouts. I'm guessing that this one clocks in between 8-9%. Very creamy (any chance there is lactose in the bill?) and rich the whole way through.

O- The best smoked beer I've had since... well, maybe forever. Doesn't tread lightly- probably 25% or more of the grain bill must have been smoked malts. Black Husky does not mess around.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TheSSG
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, tan head. Deep toasted malt is covered in a nice smoke, with a twinge of smoked sausage in the nose. Black. Starts off with an EXPLOSION of smoke. There is an acidity and sweetness to the malt, but it is dominated by toasted malt and TONS of smoke. This is thick and viscous. I feel like I am chewing the smoke.

It just gets better as it warms!

This is a REALLY nice rauchbier. A bit too acidic for me, but probably the best US rauch I've ever had!

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Smoke Monster from Black Husky Brewing
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