Bonfire Of The Valkyries - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Reviews by karengarys:
2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
I will be re-reviewing this once I learn more about rauchbiers, but I wanted to take my notes while I had glass in hand.
pours opaque black, little fizz with my slow pour.
Smoke beer. Yep, smokey all right.
Smells like I'm emptying the word burning stove at the cabins I stay in... Smokey. Wet. Not sure what else is there, but there is something.
Tastes, like, well, I'm drinking the ash bucket of said wood burning stove. Like, quite a bit. I expected more beer with hints of smoke, but this is really smokey stuff with hints of beer. A bit of malteyness comes through. Sort of sweet-ish I guess. And some dryness in some hop thing going on. But, really, it is like a fizzy smoke drink.
Mouthfeel is not bad. I started it rated much lower, but as it warms it is keeping some fizziness. A little flat I guess...
It does have some body to it. At least it isn't thin and watery. It is thick... and smokey... I do like that...
Overalll, this has piqued my interest in what this stuff is supposed to taste like. I've had a few that were beers with nice hints of smoke. I'll come back and re-review if I learn this is just the style...
03-08-2012 03:07:06 | More by karengarys
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap at Rich-O's Publick House as part of the Saturnalia Fest. Bonfire arrived dark and opaque in the glass, topped by a small, but creamy, light brown head. Sheet lacing is left behind on the glass as it empties. Aroma is wood smoke, minimal spicy hops, and cocoa and espresso notes. Creamy medium body. Taste is smoky, but not overdone. Nice edge of bitter hops to compliment the slightly roasty tones of mild coffee and light milk chocolate. A very enjoyable version of the style.
12-30-2006 15:33:02 | More by merlin48
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
on-tap at Country Boy Brewery tap room
served a very dark brown with a slight off-tan head that didn't hang around long. moderate lacing down the glass
Aroma is just OK. it smells of roasted malts that gives a charred campfire note. also bittersweet chocolate, caramel and coffee.
It tastes like it smells... campfire aromas- smoked malt/meat, charred coffee bean and dark chocolate.
feel is medium, but still a bit light/watery for a Rauchbier. believe the creaminess would shine through if there was a little less carbonation
I enjoyed this beer but didn't love it. I like the smoked notes but it needs to be a bit richer to add complexity. overall, still comes across a bit watery.
06-28-2012 00:00:15 | More by haddon
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
If you poured dirty, abused oil in a glass and set it next to this, you'd not be able to tell the difference. Complete absence of light, absolute darkness. The head, what little there is, is brown and thin with almost no retention. A better head and this is the perfect looking beer.
I'm digging the smell. Lots of smoke, a bit of caramel. It actually smells a little like bacon and who doesn't like bacon.
Falls a bit flat in the taste as it's got a wateriness to it. No sharp flavors, it's like everything has been muted with water. Still, the smoke comes through and dominates, leaving only the maltiness for flavor.
Too watery for my liking, but it is a lager so it's somewhat expected. Very smoky, no crispness, though the finish is a bit tart and slightly dry. Some acid in the swallow.
Overall it's not bad. I appreciate the highish ABV, but could do without the watery feel. Really an attractive looking and smelling beer, just loses it a bit after that.
12-21-2012 04:11:24 | More by RickS95
4.55/5 rDev +24.7%
Poured from 64oz growler. Thanks to Lukafer for picking this one up.
A- Pours a blackish brown color. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Nice long streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Roasted malts right off the get go with this beer. Some light sweetness to this as well maybe some chocolate notes causes this? Smokey aroma takes over the rest of the beer from the middle on. This aroma is very inviting.
T- Roasted malts blend with a light smokeed flavor. Toward the middle of the beer there is a light coffee hint but this comes quickly as the smoked malts come back into play. Ending of the beer has light chocolate hints to this with a ton of smoke on the ending of the beer. This stuff tastes amazing to be honest.
M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Smoked flavor with some roasted malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is almost all smoke and hints of chocolate. Flavors are mostly smoke forward and balance toward that...some people might find this annoying but I personally can't get enough of it. No off flavors are detected. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.
D- This beer was mighty drinkable. I personally enjoy heavy smoked beers which this one leaned more toward being heavy in the smoke taste. The ABV makes this one enjoyable while drinking. I had many glasses of this but I know some of the other guys didn't like this one very much.
02-02-2011 20:16:21 | More by alleykatking
3.98/5 rDev +9%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a very dark brown with a huge carbonated dark tan head. Once the head settled down some, a slow pour helped keep the carbonation down some when pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like smoked malts (and meats), roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and coffee. It tastes like smoked malt/meat, roasted/charred malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, but has way too much carbonation. Even though the carbonation did settle down some while I was drinking it, it was still a bit too much for me in the end. Overall I thought this was a good brew, I'll try this again in the future and hope that the carbonation in the next bottle isn't as strong as this one was. $7.99 a bottle.
05-26-2012 22:02:22 | More by bluejacket74
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Solid schwarzbier. It's pitch black in appearance and smells of roast coffee and chocolate. The foam lacing doesn't stick for too long. The taste is very similar to the smell. Black malt must have been a key ingredient. Some vanilla lingers in the back with a possibility of liquid smoke! easy to drink, not too sticky.
01-30-2011 18:43:29 | More by bgreg3
2.84/5 rDev -22.2%
22oz bottle from zrab11 (cool extra, thanks!). No apparent bottling info. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours black with a quick fading mocha head. No head retention and zero lace.
Smells smokey. Very smokey. Smoked peaty malt, bacon and burnt caramel.
The peat/smoke is persistent throughout the tasting. Other notes include muted caramel, faint chocolate, toast and earthy nuts. No real alcohol bite.
Medium thin feel with faint carbonation. Charred malt finish.
Something I'd never buy but was an interesting extra. The flavors, while smokey, seemed muted and the body was a bit thin. Happy to have tried it but once was enough for me.
03-18-2013 05:39:09 | More by ThickNStout
3.99/5 rDev +9.3%
I poured this undated 22 oz. bottle into an etched tulip pint glass. The very dark brown/black body supported a modest tan head that receded to a film.
The smell is primarily smoked grains. A bit vegetal, but inviting. It smells like stepping into a BBQ restaurant - sweet and smoky. Faintly reminiscent of peppercorns and campfires.
The texture of this beer is creamier than I expected from a lager, however, this is a big lager. Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation, smooth in the mouth.
The taste reflects the aroma. Restrained smoke with a welcome snap of lager crispness. The smoke is definitely the main character in this beer, but it does not assault you. The middle is a bit sweet but it finishes with a light, roasted grain bitterness. The IBUs are low at 20. There are some dark sweet chocolate notes as well as a light nuttiness. Very well hidden alcohol - this one weighs in at a hefty 8% ABV, but it is difficult to taste it here.
I suspect this beer is homage to Roger Baylor’s well-known love of smoked Franconian rauchbiers. I find this to be a well-balanced and easily drinkable smoked beer. It is so drinkable that it would be easy to gloss over the subtle, yet present, layers of this enjoyable beer. I am confident this would pair well with anything from your grill or smoker this summer.
06-11-2014 20:17:10 | More by Cresant
4.39/5 rDev +20.3%
Poured into a stange. Big thanks to khumbard for this.
3.25 A: Black color. Aggressive pour gave two fingers of fizzy medium brown head that quickly fell.
4.0 S: The nose is just what I want in a rauchbier - smoky. Big roasted porcine smokiness with campfire undertones. There doesn't seem to be much of the lager coming through past the smoke aside from some roastiness, but that's fine, it smells great.
4.5 T: The taste is even better than the nose. It maintains the same smoke pork smokiness along with campfire, but is balanced by a sweetness - a woody sweetness - that you might get from burning certain species of trees. It's like a dark, roasty caramel. However you describe it, it works. A lot of smoked beers are a taste bud tease in that they smell super smoky, but don't taste super smoky. This isn't one of them. The smoke is deep and complex. With the sweet maltiness balancing, I can't seem to find any problems. Very nice.
4.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation isn't very active, but there's enough of it. Silky smooth creaminess that enhances the taste. Goes down far too easy for a beer this big. Great here as well.
4.75 D: Very solid rauchbier. Plenty of flavor with depth and complexity and a killer mouthfeel. Both the taste and mouthfeel were borderline 4.75, so I put it here instead.
05-01-2013 04:43:07 | More by DavoleBomb
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
Bottle from DeLoch's in Indiana, 650ml bottle into a tulip.
Black body with not even a finger of medium brown head even with an extra aggressive pour. Nose has a tad of campfire smoke, brown sugar, toasty malts, chocolate and some sweeter caramel/marshmallow qualities. Tate has more chocolate and smokey sweetness, mild roast and a sweet malt quality well into the finish. Smoke as an accent there really. Medium heavy feel, low carbonation which although I thought would've been detrimental to the mouthfeel actually aided the beer. Smokey and on the sweeter side, something I definitely dig.
09-20-2012 02:54:49 | More by liamt07
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
First off, I love this label!
Bonfire of the Valkyries pours a medium bodied, smooth and creamy black in color looking all the part of a Schwarzbier. It has a nice beige lacing around the glass. The nose is slightly smoky with some ham and salt before finishes smooth, chocolaty, and creamy. The smoke isn't nearly as strong as I imagined it would be, but that's a good thing. There isn't much smoke in the flavors either, but it's there. It's smooth and creamy dark chocolate with a light hammy finish. It's like a slightly smoked version of Sprecher's Black Bavarian. The body is near identical, light and very, very smooth and creamy. Overall this was a really nice beer. I'd definitely say it's a schwarzbier that's slightly smoked, and not necessarily a rauchbier. It's a nice alternative if you don't want to get smoked out by Aecht Schlenkerla.
04-15-2012 01:05:44 | More by aasher
4.23/5 rDev +15.9%
Bottle into dimpled mug.
This was sent as part of a box by Khumbard-- thanks man!
Dark oily body with a deep tan head of half a finger. The bubbles settled very quickly to a thin collar. Nice oily legs, and there is some spotty lacing that clings momentarily.
Smells VERY smoky. Like sizzling bacon and charred wood. I get a light hint of cocoa underneath all that smoke.
This is like smoked pork mania. Even kinda salty. A coffee like bitterness comes through on the finish.
Feels medium bodied with an oily slickness.
Overall-- a solid smoked beer. Very smokey. Very porky. Very enjoyable, if you're into that sort of thing... And I am.
If you like smoked beers, this is a must-try.
07-02-2012 02:59:57 | More by AleWatcher
Bonfire Of The Valkyries from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.