Smoke On The Bayou - Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
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3.08/5 rDev -16.5%
22 fl oz brown glass bottle with red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap and an uninteresting label acquired at a local bottle shop for $10.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. I've only had one beer from this brewery before, and it was average, so expectations for this beer are also average. No style is indicated on the bottle. Reviewed as a scotch ale since Buffalo Bayou's website identifies it as such.
Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour, decent creaminess, nice thickness, and good (~5-6+ minute) retention.
Body colour is a rich dark amber with some visible floating yeast particles. It looks nice when backlit. Translucent but nontransparent.
Overall, it's an atypical but appealing appearance for a scotch ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Caramel, toffee, gingerbread, biscuit malt, toasted malt, marshmallow, cream, succulent coffee, nougat, maple syrup, and maple wood. It's really evocative and inviting; the maple and caramel in particular are lovely. Brown malts. Brown bread. Some malty sweetness. I also get hints of sweet herbal roots (e.g. sassafras) that really complement the caramel well.
There are notes here which are beyond my ability to identify, but which suit the style well. I'll take a stab: Vanilla. Caramelized green apple. Ripe fruit. Brown sugar. Cinnamon? Pear. Taffy.
I don't pick up on any smokiness at all. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.
T: Caramel, green apple (with an accompanying tart sourness), brown malts, amber malts, toffee, hints of marshmallow, and syrupy notes. For a wee heavy, it's not built very well. It has a fair balance and cohesion, but lacks subtlety, complexity, intricacy, and depth. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Poor amplitude. Green apple just does not work in a wee heavy. The caramel seemed a lot better on the aroma than it is here in the taste.
I have split opinions about this one, but ultimately I don't really like it - even outside of style conventions. It seems to lack a focus, and the balance just isn't what it needs to be.
No yeast character, alcohol, or off flavours come through.
It's a bit too sweet.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Moderate weight on the palate. Unrefreshing. Has a nice softness to it. Nicely creamy.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, chewy, or harsh.
Overall, it has a decent presence on the palate, but this texture just isn't ideal for the style or for this beer's taste.
Dr: Certainly drinkable - I'll easily finish this bottle alone - but I definitely wouldn't buy it again. Green apple just doesn't suit a wee heavy at all, and this doesn't feel like it has much care or deliberation behind it. The caramel just isn't executed well (contrary to what the aroma suggests). It's better work than their quadrupel, but Buffalo Bayou has yet to impress me.
This might develop with time.
03-21-2014 07:20:09 | More by kojevergas
3.69/5 rDev 0%
This one offers the taste of Houston on the label, which being from houston, kind of scared me ;-)
This one pours a blackish tan with a nice decent head that settles a bit fast leaving a moderate lacing down the glass.
The nose is definitely smoky malt and hops , spice and malt blend that is not powerful, but is good.
The taste is pleasantly bitter which dominates the nicely toasted malts that leave a very complex and dry flavor to satiate the palate.
The moutfeel is rich and not heavy. Just right for this one.
Overall a very drinkable beer that I will definitely be drinking again.
12-07-2013 23:27:32 | More by AtrumAnimus
2.89/5 rDev -21.7%
22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear copper color with a modest cap of light beige head. Not much for retention and lace.
I am perplexed by this odd tropical fruitiness...pineapple and mango - where the f*** did these aromas come from? Malts are vanilla, with a light caramel apple nose. Interesting and not at all what I was expecting...where is the smoke? Where is the wee heavy??
Taste gets a little back on track with a nice fruity scotch ale base with a hint of smokiness. I still cant figure out why there is such a disconnect between the flavor and the nose, but man is it a big disparity. The smoke is incredibly light unfortunately, and the malt is more 60 shilling than wee heavy. For 10+ bucks a bomber I was hoping for a little more umph. This is utterly unimpressive and pretty much an embarrassment at that price point. Ive had better Brown Ales....really?? Shame on you Buffalo Bayou.
11-14-2013 00:53:46 | More by twiggamortis420
Smoke On The Bayou from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.