Gravel Road - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +20.7%
Pint on tap
Look- Brown/ruby brown, crystal clear. Burnished mahogany- Nice red tint. Served without head, sparse lacing.
Smell- Nutty, raisin, rye toast, maple.
Taste- Roasty-toasty, caramel maple. Brandylike, lightly sweet, caraway seed, sarsaparilla, marshmallow, chocolate covered raisins. Delicious.
Mouthfeel- Medium-full, slick, rish, chewy. Mild booze on the back end. Rich feel, medium carb.
Overall- More of a stickebeer than what I would consider an alt, I almost passed, but I'm glad I didn't. Rich, malty, substantial, almost Scotch ale-like. I'll keep an eye out for this one. Recommended.
09-14-2012 01:57:57 | More by Lawl3ss
4.15/5 rDev +19.3%
I drank this from a pint glass...
The beer is dark copper with a thick tan head that faded and left a filmy layer and lacing. It smells strangely of mint with some spicy hops and fruit, it's a very different smell for a beer but it does smell quite good. It tastes bitter with lemon and pine, there is a lot of sweet caramel malt and dark fruit. The beer is thick with low carbonation and a sticky lingering finish. This is the best altbier I've had so far, it is very balanced between sweet and bitter.
07-20-2011 03:38:03 | More by JMad
4.08/5 rDev +17.2%
Pours dark copper to brown. Very little head.
The nose is a giant mixture malts. With 4 different malts in this beer there is no way around the heavy, sticky sweet variety of maltyness in the nose. Lots of toffee and caramel, with a little underlying roast. I also note a slight sourness.
Everything the nose led you to believe is in the taste. Sticke sweet, toffee and caramel are dominate. It would be to sweet if it weren’t for a combination of the Carafa Special 3 malt bringing some delicious roastiness to the game, and 2 different hops adding a light green bitterness to the finish.
This beer is particularly easy to drink if you have one or two. Not a beer to session in my opinion, as the incredible sweetness would weigh on you after a short time.
I also find it to be ever so slightly under carbonated, which is a common complaint of mine from Rahr beers in general.
10-16-2011 22:23:48 | More by deepchills
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
Deep copper color, touch of haze. Mild carbonation. A little head.
Good amount of malty aroma... Bready, toasted, some hint of sweet chocolate.
Sweet malts up front along with bitterness at the end. Malt character is almost like a Doppelbock style, I'm getting lots of sweet malts, caramel-toffee, maple, just a touch of milk chocolate. Floral-citrus hop character towards the end.
Medium bodied. Well carbonated.
Bitter finish, yet very smooth.
11-05-2011 23:17:57 | More by mjurney
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
Got a chance to try Rahr’s Gravel Road which is their rendition of a German style brown ale (a.k.a. Altbier) on tap yesterday.
The very dark brown beer was served in a frosted schooner with a large head of light brown foam that persisted for some time. The thick head provided aromas of roasted malt and coffee.
Rahr lists the beer at 7.5% ABV on their website. I have to keep reminding myself that, while thankful for the richness the micro brewing industry has bestowed upon us, the higher ABV percentages do add up quickly and 7.5% means we are consuming almost a full ounce of alcohol with each 12 ounces of beer.
The rich taste conveys roasted malt, coffee bean, and hints of chocolate and a bit of spice.
All of the flavors meld to create a very slightly sweet, malty, rich, full bodied, and lingering mouth feel balanced by a slight hop taste with low carbonation. Very balanced.
I like this beer and will be drinking more of it.
08-27-2012 18:49:01 | More by abeerwiseguy
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
A nice 2012 altbier. I had this earlier in draught and it seemed a bit sweet. Not so from the bottle!
Pours from the bottle into a std pint tumbler with about 1/2" head, which quickly dissipates. Color is a dark, roasted brown, as expected. Initial taste is fairly bitter with considerable roasted malt. The hops really present themselves on first swallow, but the malt remains to let you know that you've had a serious alt bier.
The season is winding down for this. Grab a couple sixes if you can find 'em. Great brew for the Fall.
09-27-2012 06:17:22 | More by pgfault
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
Very dark copper with only the slightest hint of a head. However, a constant rise of carbonation bubbles keeps plenty of small foamy islands floating across the top of this beer.
The aroma is bready and toasty. There are plenty of sweet malty smells with hints of chocolate and caramel.
A smooth and thick medium body, but on the heavy side of medium with just enough carbonation to let you know that the beer is alive. The flavors are all sweet and malty. There is caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, and a hint of maple. All of this smoothly transitions to a slightly bitter finish that's just dry enough to make you really want that next sip. I'm really enjoying this beer and wishing that altbier was a more readily available style.
01-13-2012 23:53:39 | More by SuperSpy
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a khaki head that fades to a thick ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.
S: The nose has big notes of caramel, toffee, slight dark fruits, and bready malts. Very malty and it almost smells belgian.
T: The taste is a nice balance of caramel and bready malts with piney and bitter hops. It's sweet at first and then the bitter hops take over the finish.
M: The feel is crisp yet creamy from the carbonation.
O: This is tasty although I have no basis as to the style. Reading about some of the other beers in the style it seems pretty close. Well done, Rahr.
07-19-2011 02:29:24 | More by GregSVT
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
Poured a 12oz bottle from a six pack into a stange.
A: Hazy dark brown with ruby highlights. Not much carbonation visible. Thin head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.
S: Slight roasted malts, grassy hops.
T: Great balance of grassy hops and caramel/toffee malts. Both represented well in aftertaste.
M: Medium and a bit slick and creamy.
O: Great representation of the style as the hops and malts are very well balanced, it's easy to drink, and the subtle flavors don't overpower one another.
09-10-2011 22:56:43 | More by videofrog
Gravel Road from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.