Gravel Road - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-27-2012 18:49:01 | More by abeerwiseguy
3.3/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber in color, with a large, tan head, which persists quite well. The head is sticky, rather dense, and resembles a cloud top. The lacing is thick, sticky and Belgian in its appearance.
Aroma: Lots of toasted and dark burnt malts,with toast notes as well. There is a mild herbal hop presence.
Taste: Opens with a toasted malt, or toasted dark bread note, soon followed by a mild current of sweet caramel. This segues into intensely roasted, almost burnt notes which carry to the end of the taste. Finishes with a lingering, sharp metallic hop note.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: Seems a bit off-style, the grains seem over-toasted.
Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2012 20:46:37 | More by Pegasus
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On-tap at Rockwell Tavern without knowing the style. Pint glass served a dark crimson color with a dense, tight off-white head. Good looker, pretty clear.
Nose is malty, lightly earthy. Some dark fruits showing through with a burnt caramel aspect. Very little hops…my first guess was a Scottish-style ale.
Taste leans heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum with a nutty yeast flavor and bold, near-burnt toffee…almost like licking a coffee bean….roasted and husky even. Sweetness is low and shows barely a light dusting of cocoa powder. Alcohol is up there, feels around 7% or so. Not bad, not bad…an interesting bockish-scottish ale that drinks pretty decent. I see this is an Altbier here on BA...I can see that, maybe like an Imperial ALtbier of sorts :)
Serving type: on-tap
01-28-2012 17:08:09 | More by twiggamortis420
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 23:53:39 | More by SuperSpy
Gravel Road from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.