Black Cabin Smoked Ale | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

Black Cabin Smoked AleBlack Cabin Smoked Ale
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Black Cabin Smoked AleBlack Cabin Smoked Ale

Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The flavorful, smoky undertones of our smoked ale are enhanced by the chocolate, black and smoked malt.

25 IBU

Added by biggred1 on 11-19-2010

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
1/5  rDev -67.8%

Photo of Markus98
1.25/5  rDev -59.8%

Photo of spacemoonman
1.41/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Lapsang souchong tea in a beer. Would be a 4.5 if you drink that.

If you can drink liquid smoke then this is the stuff. I even use smoking chips when grilling pizza and this was a drain pour after 1 sip. I always give things a couple sips or bites if it is food but it was not possible. Pure smoke, nothing else. I even tried to return it and just left the other 5 on the counter at the store it was so overpowering. Needs a warning label.

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Photo of Shasty
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Kahlstrom
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of jadpsu
2.39/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OK, so this is called a smoked ale. I will try to be kind to its style, although I am not familiar with "smoked beers".
It's appearance is the best thing going for it. Pours a deep amber with a tan head that has decent retention.
Smell, gosh reminds me of a wet ashtray. It does have a little sweet maltiness that peaks through but the smokiness is way too strong for me.
Taste, is slightly less strong on the smoke side but campfire ashes still dominate.
Teach me to stear clear of smokec ales in the future.
This was an $8.99, 6pack mistake. I did not make it through my first bottle. My son in law could not tolerate the deep "surrey of wet ashes" smell either.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jewellrunner
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jmbranum
2.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I have enjoyed several good smoked beers (normally more in the range of a porter or a stout) so I was excited to see this one in my local liquor store. Unfortunately this beer was a disappointment.

It pours a nice dark honey color. Clear with an off-white head.

Extremely smokey aroma upon bottle opening.

The flavor... it is nothing but smoke, at least at first. As it warms I could pick up a little bit of maltyness but it was truthful a stretch to taste anything but the smoke.

I think this beer would have worked better as a porter with more toasted malt to balance out the smoke.

Medium mouthfeel. The finish is a little bit sweet.

I definitely recommend drinking this beer on the warm side. Cellar temperature might be too cool even. As it warms more flavors come out. When it is cold, all you can taste is the smoke.

One more idea... this beer might make an interesting mixer, maybe with bourbon. The smokeyness might work well there. But by itself... next time I will pass.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Transparent copper color with nice tan head

Smell: Sweet scent with a smell of smoke as well

Taste: Smokey flavor with a slight metallic taste.

Note: I do not have a lot of smoked beers to compare this to but I assume it is average. I really have a hard time getting past the smoke flavor though. I personally do not care for this at all but was trying to rate for the category.

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Photo of Moby
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Mphis
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear walnut brown body with a sticky beige head that last a short bit and a gentle carbonation trailing up the side.

S- The fresh plastic band-aid note has a faint buttery finish.

T- The brown malt hint is nice but soon taken over by the band-aid smoke flavor and a watery finish is followed by a slight tartness that lingers in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- The full smoke flavor is all band-aids with no malt support or other character to give it some depth or taste. It was too harsh to finish.

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Photo of Punisher
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of FreshZ
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers+ of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Much smokeyness & sweet bready notes

T: Caramel & smokeyness with dry woody notes up front. Faint brown bread notes as this warms along with just a bit of butterscotch sweetness. Finishes dry with a slight sour wood twang/sweetness that seems a bit put on for me (artificial)

MFL Light/medium bodied with somewhat prickly carbonation, body gets thinner as this warms

An alright smoked ale, some more malt depth would've really helped this. Worth a try

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Photo of soju6
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear deep amber color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, and fairly mild touch of smoke.

T: Taste of roasted malt, nuts with fairly mild smokiness. Mild bitterness with bit of a burnt malt aftertaste.

F: Moderate body, smooth and a bit light on flavor.

O: Not a fan of Smoked Ales, but at least this didn’t taste of ashtray, like some do.

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Photo of plfahey
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber and moderately clear. Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet and somewhat smoky with notes campfire and pork belly. Some underlying notes of toast and bread from the malt.

Flavor-Sweet woodfire smoke flavors fade to bready and toasty malt flavors. Some cherry-wood type flavors. Slight bitterness in the finish, but seems to be from the smoked character. Flavors are solid, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Not terrible, but certainly not exceptional. A nice try at a smoked beer, but just an average representation of the style.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body beneath a smallish, whitish head.

Smell: Lightly malty scent of caramel, toast, and smoked malt encompassing supporting albeit pint-sized notes of stale dried herbs and fruit.

Taste: Lightly caramel-coated pale malts with a touch of toastiness and a loose level of smoke. Lightly sweet. Also, lightly tangy. Mild herbal hops, fairly low bitterness. Gentle, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Infused with only a mild, blithe smokiness it may work well enough as an introductory smoke ale.

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Photo of coldriver
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with loose head. Aroma is smokey and bready malt (toast I suppose). Smoke dominates the taste, with meaty flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty harsh campfire smokey on the back of the throat. This is okay but not something I would look for again.

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Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Darker amber, almost gray like accents. Thin layer of white retained pretty well.

Aroma, kind of a sweet smoke. Brown sugar and carmel with some bacon. Could use a little more smoke in all reality.

Taste is really more lagery sweet than smoke. Caremel, peat and sweeter cured bacon. Finishes woody. A good start, just needs "more".

Just too thin to carry much with it. Carbonation is good, but just not a chewy bacon/campfire brew that I would prefer. Drinks quite well however.

Probably a good gateway smoked brew.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Black Cabin Smoked Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 20.5% out of 100 with 39 ratings
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