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Where There’s Smoke - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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82
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bronze Medal - 2012 World Beer Cup: Experimental Beer

Special Release: November

(Beer added by: mactrail on 01-09-2012)
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I_heart_beer

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-06-2013 03:52:05 | More by I_heart_beer
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California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-02-2012 23:37:43 | More by djaeon
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BigLittleHokis

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-25-2013 04:00:46 | More by BigLittleHokis
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mactrail

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

Label describes this as "Smoked rye ale brewed with chile peppers." I think it's more of a smoked beer than a rye, but it all adds up to a blast of flavor. Taste buds think it's 12%, but it's just the heat. Really dark reddish brown in the Duvel tulip.

Not reading the fine print, the hot peppers was a surprise. And they are pretty hot, though for me the peppery flavor is still in the pleasure zone, though barely, like a good salsa. The aroma is smokey, but the long nose as you exhale is full of the chiles and roasted barley. However, that burnt aroma may be your tongue on fire.

Hard to sort out the malt flavors, but there seems to be plenty of sweetness. This may be a little over the top, but it's a great example of a truly intensely flavored beer that still manages to be both beery and fun.

01-09-2012 05:53:18 | More by mactrail
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golf4collet

West Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

03-10-2014 02:12:32 | More by golf4collet
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nebuchadnezzer

California

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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DoubleJ

California

4.38/5  rDev +23%

Okay, so my first two Manzanita experiences ended as dissapointments. Still, I have hope. I'm a sucker for smoked beer, and despite the $7.99 pricetag, I grabbed a bottle with little thought. You know what's next:

The attractive red hues alongside the deep black body, combined with a sturdy and semi-creamy head make a good first impression. And where there's smoke, there's usually goodness. With the addition of peppers and its stout-like base, they create a very complex nose. The smoke aroma is excecuted well, providing smoked meats. Paired with the meat aroma are peppers and spicy roasted coffee. I'm lovin' it!

It's hard to disagree with this beer's flaovr. It's stout like, it's spicy, and it's smokey. Coffee hits first, then comes in a kick of spicy chipotle peppers. Chocolate then emerges. The smoke finally arrives towards the tail-end, providing the flavor of cured meat. AS for the beer's mouthfeel, it's one of a kind. It's thick. No, I'm still understating it. It's MASSIVE. Maybe even too massive, I'll admit. I mean, it feels like it's 12% ABV massive, not 7.4% thick. Nonetheless, it is very creamy and smooth like a milkshake.

Third time's a charm. This is a big and bold ale with multiple, pleasurable personalities. This is like Bootlegger's Black Phoenix on crack. Manzanita has a winner in Where There's Smoke.

03-11-2012 04:18:33 | More by DoubleJ
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JDJTEXAS

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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JohnF51

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-05-2014 02:51:52 | More by JohnF51
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bennettagius

California

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

Manzanita is very near me but I've not had an opportunity to enjoy their tasting room yet. Despite there proximity we have not been able to get acquainted.

Bought a 22oz from a local bottle shop incidentally named The Bottle Shop.

Manzanita's labels are distinctive of the brewery and not so unique to each beer. This is probably good marketing.

The beer poured black. Sheer black. Light does not pass through this beer. The head dissipated quickly but could easily be revived and laced the glass well.

The flavor was chocolately malts, spice, smoke, some fruity/bready base. Very rich and complex. The heat creeps up from behind but isn't stinging or lasting but very intense.

I recommend eating something with it, probably beef or chicken and rich dark sauces or saucy foods.

Great beer.

02-18-2012 02:23:24 | More by bennettagius
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Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2GOOFY

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-16-2014 01:19:03 | More by 2GOOFY
Where There’s Smoke from Twisted Manzanita Ales
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