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Scarlet Fire Rauchbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Scarlet Fire Rauchbier
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BA SCORE
85
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goindownsouth on 04-19-2003)
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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this from a tap at Good-Ta-Go in Chambersburg, Pa. Beer has a decent color. The taste is definitely a bit smoky and reminds me of hot dog / grill water but not in a bad way by any means. We dont have much experience with smoked beers but this is unusual but drinkable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. The beer arrived in a Middle Ages Brewing Company pint glass and glowed a dark copper coloring. It held a one and a half finger tannish head, showing good retention. This left only wisps of lacing as it went. The beer was otherwise fully transparent, with no sediment or haze. Carbonation appeared light. The nose was strong with Band-Aid phenols, bright smoke, light berry freshness, and fresh citric hops. The malts were lighter and pale, and equally crisp to the hops. With warmth came that classic holiday meat vibe of many smoke beers. Our first impression was that the taste was very creamy, and full enough to suit the expectations of the nose. The beer opened with a huge, smoky malt backbone that was apparent from the start. This came with phenolic spice and bite, with light metals and adjuncty grain. The middle peaked with light clove, more heavy smoke, and that continued phenolic punch of plastic. Light white sugars worked their way in, with a deeper, almost autumnal spice. The finish was metallic and biting, with more depth to the malts in the way of raw coffee or burnt chocolates. Clean wood of hickory and a cleansing orange hop citrus marked the final flavoring on the palate. The aftertaste breathed of charcoal and blackened chocolate nubs, with bittering and puckering citrus. The body was medium to surprisingly full, and the carbonation was high and bubbly. Each sip afforded great creaminess that was soft, yet robustly coating. There was equally as fulfilling slurp, smack, and pop to the finish. The carbon smoke bomb was soothing, making for a comforting, homey feel. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the flavoring through the aftertaste, and the creamy feel. The smoke was pervasive throughout, adding depth to the flavoring and the nose, but it avoided becoming overwhelming, which we appreciated. The beer remains light and highly drinkable, and is rather comforting, but it does, at times, border on cheapness.

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Scarlet Fire Rauchbier from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.