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Out Of The Ashes - Rauchbier - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 09-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Out of the Ashes is a series of limited release beers that showcase the varied and unique flavors and aromas delivered from malt smoked over wood-burning fires. The first member of the series, Rauchbier, features 100% smoked malt. The malt smoked over beechwood is intensely aromatic, and the malt smoked over oak imparts a smooth and rich sweetness.
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of oberon
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap today at Jake's Billiards here in GSO.Poured into a standard pint a light straw color,the lightest rauchbier I have seen,a thin wispy head atop,not a fan.Aromas of hardwood smoke and toasted grain,faint leafy hops after awhile.Flavors start out with subtle smoke and mild toasted grain,there is a little caramel sweetness that enhances the flavors but not much hop presence to be found.Thin and a little fizzy in the mouth,I gotta say this was average to unimpressive in my book.

Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a light dusting.

The aroma is a little sweet malt with a big smoke note - bbq and campfire with some liquid smoke.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with a slight vegetal note and a big smoke finish that's more ashy than bbq. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK smoked beer - kind of sweet and ashy.

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Fort Collins Brewery - Out Of The Ashes: Rauchbier [Smoke Beer] (22oz ---> Stemless Wine Glass)

Every other smoked beer I can recall that I've tried has been a porter or another darker variant, so I was quite surprised when this smoothly poured a yellowish light gold with plenty of carbonation... A rocky head rose quickly to about an inch and a half - but died away in a similar fashion, leaving NO lacing, nor retentive cap... A damp burning wood is the first aroma present, with an almost sweet malt aroma shortly after, as well a touch of wheat biscuit in there also... Usually I describe the first nuances as it hits my tongue and move through to the rest of the drink - this beer had my palette so intrigued, I couldn't tell you my immediate tastes... What I do know is as soon as I had a mouthful of brew, it was a tangy bbq smoke flavor, and as I exhaled, the tastes of well burnt coals coated my mouth... That almost velvety smokey coal finish lingered well past the light hop bitterness that does a fine job presenting itself ever so subtly amongst it's smokey counterparts... But to leave no stone unturned; upon further sips I took note that the semi-sweetness in the malts were the first tastes to crop up as the beer is first enjoyed... The mouthfeel on this beer is quite light compared to that which was expected, but that was merely assumptive on my part, as this was my first true Rauchbier... Light carbonation lends itself well to the gameplan of allowing the smokey elements to slowly develop a "larger than life" (in respects to the beer) role in the brew... As this beer was different in almost every area I had expected, minus the smokey taste, I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised in everything it had to offer and am excited to venture further into the Rauchbier style... Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of ChrisNYCLIDC
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A little too smokey for me but once you get past that nice sweet, woody flavor. Color is a bit too clear gold, quickly fading head. Not great first sip but grew on me. Smell is really nice, cross between bbq and firepit the next morning. Smokey taste is less intense further you get through glass. Really believe this is a particular beer with a taste that would benefit much better from draft than bottle.

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, it's a more restrained style of Rauchbier. Lightly smoked but with plenty of campfire aromas.

Light body with some modest spritziness in the mouth. An unremarkable head in the snifter on the pale yellow-amber brew. Sharpish with very little malty body. Hops don't contribute much in the way of aromatics. Some Pilsner-like hop notes emerge after some sipping. Bitter aftertaste with the smoke still making a nice aroma.

This is quite thin and sharp, but quite sippable. I think it would go better with something cheesy. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow body topped with a foamy, sticky white head. Fair smoked aroma. Flavor starts midly sweet with a slowly appearing taste of smoke building up midway and on through the finish. Medium-heavy body; clean finish.

A nice, easy going smoked beer. Subtlety is the game here. The smoke flavor is relatively mild and blends well with the malt sweetness. Nothing will blow you away with this beer, but most smoked beer lovers will probably find this a good choice.

Photo of corby112
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden straw color with a one finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Much paler in color than I expected.

Delicate smoke aroma with rauchbier characteristics over pale pilsner-like malts. Some liquid smoke, charcoal, ashtray, burnt wood and barbecue followed by grassy hops, straw, hay and light fruit. Slightly acrid smelling but not a complete smoke bomb.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a mild smoke presence lingering over pale malts, grassy hops and light fruit notes into a very dry finish. Pretty tame on the smoke front and not as interesting as the nose suggests. Smoke character is somewhat one dimensional with burnt wood, charcoal and ash. Dry and bitter but not acrid or too harsh. Grassy saaz-y hops with pilsner malt, bread, biscuit, hay, apple and pear. The light fruit sweetness that comes in on the back end provide some needed balance/relief from the bitter smokiness. No noticeable heat but the harshness if the smoke hurst drinkability. Overall, not an offensive beer but the smoke is too tame and one-dimensional for my preference.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear, amber gold (SRM 4.5). Fine carbonation builds a short, rocky, white head that leaves rings of lace on a Spaten seidel glass. Yeast was left in the bottle.

The aroma is smoky, reminiscent of a Bamburg beer. Summer sausage is accentuated by caramel initially, however, the smoke becomes less pronounced as it warms.

Caramel flavors are offset by a modest background of burnt toast. This one is slightly sweet, but otherwise balanced with little character and a brief, mild finish.

A light body with prickly carbonation and relatively dry.

Fort Collins has produced a decent Rauchbier for relaxation. Nice with smoked pepper-jack cheese. Modest development of layers, this one lacks interest, but is fine for an afternoon after a long workday.

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Out Of The Ashes - Rauchbier from The Fort Collins Brewery
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