Batch #2 - Bavarian Smoked Brown (Brown Bag Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Batch #2 - Bavarian Smoked Brown (Brown Bag Series)
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: donkeyrunner on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A deeply malty brown ale featuring Cherrywood smoked Pale Malt, the toasty, malty flavors of brown malt, and balanced with Bravo and Mt Hood hops for a very traditional Northern Bavarian smoked beer. The beer is a deliberately malty product,with a firmly biscuity, toasty aroma that well carries that smoke imparted from the malt. A fantastic accompaniment with smoked meats, fish or cheese, this beer is a wonderful Autumn elixir on its own. A treat for the aficionado of classic styles, this product will have very limited distribution.
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$18 @ the local Joe Canals... for a 64ozer

a consistent persistent haze in this mildly brown hued brew, head is fair and then relaxes (but never completely abandoning its post), some lazy bubbles stumble humbly to the top regions of the creation, all in all a good looking ale

when I first popped this the smoke wasn't apparent, now sitting for a few (while I spun clever words to describe the look), the smoke is "in de face" (as they say), you can smell the fire, so... if that is your thing you like, if not, you don't like... me? bring it the F on, I love the camp fire, there are some gentle touches of sweetness just underneath the sheath of smoky goodness, damn this is nice! I love the aggressive smoke here, sometimes overkill works, it does for me here.

taste etc...
medium and crisp mouthfeel... then slick with smoke, the finish begins with smoke, looms into sweet malts, then lingering smoke, damn drinkable, the smoke is pretty strong but if you like that... well, you will like this. smooth smooth smooth and fire, some bitterness is in there but this is more malt/smoke love than anything else, I like it.

damn fine, long trail has been around a long time and almost always brews a consistent and clean example of what they are trying, chalk this up as a score in my book, damn tasty.

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Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled at Carmel Beverage, Carmel, NY

Pours clear typical brown ale brown. Moderate tan head, quickly goes to a film, a collar and leaves just some spotty lace.

Smells like a lightly smoked pork shoulder, which is a good thing.

Smooth n' malty, with more light smoke. Moderatly dry/hopped finish.

Some went inot a pork tenderloin marinade and some being enjoyed during the ball game.

Pleasing and easy drinking. Worth a try if ya like a malty brown ale with a moderate smoke infusion.

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is chestnut brown with adequate head.

Aroma is distinct smoke, must with a hint of peat. No hops detected.

Taste enters strong but smooth. Definite smoky sweet character with a slightly tart fade. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I very much like this smoked ale. Rather creamy actually. Smoke does not deter from overall enjoyment. Easy to stomach.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$6 at Meadhall, Cambridge MA

An intensely smoked Bavarian brown ale. If I had my druthers I would have entered this in a general "smoked ale" catagory. It's not a lager so it's not a true Rauch. Whatever.

Shy, thin head that's quick to cringe into a small collar. Deep chestnut color.

Smells just like teriyaki beef jerky. I've had smoked beers that smelled like bacon and smoked ham but never teriyaki beef jerky. I like it.

Tastes like it smells: teriyaki beef jerky. Mild English brown ale underneath which since this says Bavarian brown is probably more of an Alt. Tastes English-y to me. Smoke gets to be a little cloying in the aftertaste.

I sure to love me some meat flavored beer. Those less inclined to smoked ales probably won't like it as much.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/6/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked but light malts, caramel, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and fruit that are quickly followed by a strong smokiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this a slightly different but solid smoked beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the BBC Manchester.
Comes to the table a medium to dark brown with a smallish off white head that never seems to muster much of anything. Smells of smoke meat and charred wood with a bit of caramel and chocolate to round things out a bit. Light earthy hop aroma jumps in but is overpowered by campfire. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of caramel and chocolate tempered with a bit of smoked ham and bacon. It tastes better than I'm describing it really. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Nice experimental brew, nothing too complex, but a nice drinker just the same.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a toasty amber. Body is clear. Head is very thin. Soft lace.

S-Smoky. Campfire and cured meat. Not as intense as some Rauchbiers, but its close.

T-The fire grounds and bacon saltiness win over my palate. That's the majority of the flavors. The intensity isn't overbearing. Some residual sweetness on the back after your palate adjusts to the smoke.

M-Drinks easier than expected. Kinda fun to drink. No booze and an agreeable body.

O/D-Not a Rauchbier guy but I got down with this easily enough. A surprising pint that was memorable too.

Photo of woosterbill
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BAR in New Haven.

A: Clear chestnut body with a thin tan cap of fine bubbles. Ok retention, but practically no lace. Mediocre.

S: Fresh, spicy smokiness is all there is. Really vibrant woodiness to the smoke. Awesome.

T: Great smoke up front, but midway through some rougher components show up - overripe cherry, bitter char, and grainy malt. Still enjoyable, but not special.

M: Creamy medium body. Solid.

O: I got really excited about this one when I smelled it, and it was certainly a step up from the various house beers I sampled alongside it, but ultimately this wasn't quite special enough to seek out again. Certainly worth a try if you enjoy smoked beers, but there are better options available.


Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A_Chestnut brown with a wispy cap. No lacing.

S_Mild campfire smoke aroma

T_A mild caramel sweetness hits first followed immediately with just the right amount of smoke. Aftertaste pleasantly lingers w the campfire smoke.

M_ thinner bodied with an aggressive tight carbonation that hits the tongue immediately. Mellows out a bit mid sip.

O_A nicely done smoked beer. There is just the right amount of smoke and the accompanying caramel malt sweetness compliments it nicely.

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Batch #2 - Bavarian Smoked Brown (Brown Bag Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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