Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.93/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Freshness date until the end of this year clearly marked.
Like many beer lovers, I have had very limited experience with this style, as rauchbiers are very rarely brewed or imported here to the U.S. They are without a doubt an acquired taste, as you will see from the notes below...
A: This beer pours a nice deep amber orange color. It's mostly clear, with maybe just a bit of haze. Not much lacing on the glass.
S: Some caramel comes through, but the deep, roasted smokey flavor definitely makes its presence. Kind of smells like a BBQ pit. Just a hint of the piney noble hops are detected.
T&M: Caramel malt sweetness with some toffee that is reminiscent of a good marzen are all met by the complex smokey flavor of this beer. The BBC did a nice job of not overdoing it with the smoked malts, as after a few sips, the flavors seem to blend a lot more. The smoke flavor has elements of a sweet BBQ pit fire and a nice roasted character that intensifies a bit more in the finish, which is semi-sweet, with just a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium to full bodied, with a nice level of carbonation that is not overdone.
D&Overall: Funny enough, I have met plenty of people who say they cannot stand this beer. Again, this is one of those styles you don't just sit down and try and immediately start to like. In fact, I remember trying one that was a Helles with smoked malts added, and not liking it at all. In this case, I think this brew with it's darker malts work very well with the moderate amount of smoked malt. Good work Sam Adams.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 02:19:17 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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