Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.6/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A new offering to the Sam Adams line, the Bonfire Rauchbier admittedly concerns me. I had some bad experiences with a rauchbier once, and I don't think I ever fully recovered, but on to the review.
Appearance - The beer pours a flat, dark brown. Definitely what I expect to see from this style, but I believe a little more light coming through would set off the glass more. Head is very slight, with no staying power, little lacing.
Smell - Very little of this beer is actually present in the nose. When I first poured, I got some sweetness with some residual smoke. As I type this, I am getting less and less on the nose. Additional head may help with the aromatics on this beer.
Taste - The front of this beer is all malt. The finish, all smoke, but it's not overpowering. The authentic rauchbiers I've had in the past always tasted like what I imagine licking the bottom of a barbeque would taste like. Way too much smoke to be worth drinking. This beer moderates it some, like I'd hoped Sam Adams would do. The smoke lingers and lingers on, too, which is a nice touch. The finish turns this 3.5 taste into a 4.0 for me. Otherwise, the front of the palate is way too generic to be spectacular.
Mouthfeel - As with all Sam Adams' non-Imperial offerings, the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. Letting the beer warm in the glass improves it, but it could definitely use a little more body.
Overall - Considering this is a style that I'm not terribly fond of, I have to give it props for not offending me. :) I like this much better than the more authentic Rauchbiers I've had. If I were rating it based on my preferences, I'd probably give it better numbers. However, to label this a rauchbier is definitely misleading. While many West Coast brewers take styles and kick them up to 11, Boston Beer Co's tactics seem to be to take potentially bold styles and make them more palatable. This is, essentially, a smoked version of the Octoberfest.
As a campfire beer, I think this one would rock pretty well. Labeled as a rauchbier, however, it is lackluster.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2011 03:09:06 | More by AleEvangelist
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