Auld Reekie | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by olympuszymurgus on 01-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always held that smoked beers are a dangerous enterprise, especially among easily excitable "extreme" brewers. The risk is in going too far and achieving a dangerously imbalanced oversmoked ale that tastes like it was brewed by an arsonist.

Auld Reekie is hardcore in its affirmed smokiness to the extent that it will easily scare off the uninitiated. In one sense, it is an extreme smoked beer. I'd even suggest a tall glass of water on standby for a chaser. But if you like the smell and flavor of moist cigars, smoked sausage, warm leather, or ripe, boggy pastures, Reekie won't disappoint. The "Auld" part of its name suggests a Scotch ale. But Reekie is neither a true Scotch ale nor a rauchbier. I'd call it a smoked amber. It is dark sorrel with a jubilant head and aggressive lace.

Nice for what it is. But be prepared to be bowled over by strong peat character.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Belmont Station Fringe Fest.

The beer pours a reddish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light smoke and leather. On the palate there is a bit more flavor, and the smoke is much more noticeable. There is also some brown sugar in this moderately sweet beer, and I'm guessing this is essentially a smoked brown ale. The beer has a nice balance of sweetness (moderate at most) and smoke, and drinkability isn't too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent finish.

I thought this a pleasant enough beer, though I wish it had a bit more going on. The flavor profile was a bit simple and one dimensional I thought, and ultimately I just felt a bit dissatisfied by this beer.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i am going to make the assumption this beer is a rauchbier, although it may be trying to be a scottish. i guess i won't really know until someone else talks to the guys down there and reviews this beer. all feelings about this place aside (please see review of establishment), let's get to the job at hand.

comes out looking a lucid copper penny, a decent carbonation. not bad. it does reek, not wholly unpleasantly, of bacon/alder, peat, and socks worn for a few hours (but not in the rain). and then the sip is a confused war between these flavors. the malt backbone was a thin, weak youth and didn't put up much of a fight. indeed, as with smoke inhalation from exiting a burning building, i needed to get out. i did finish it, then we departed from the basement.

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Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass at Upright Tasting Room, $3.00 served 3.19.2010.

First of all, I don't believe this is a Rauchbier, more of a scotch (not scottish) ale. Dark brown body, 1/2 finger tan head, dark brown opaque body, medium dissipation with some lacing trails down side of glass. Nose is smoky malts, a bit of chocolate, a bit of floral hops on back end, the Belgian yeast helps the balance, but quite smoky. Taste replicates nose, good dose of smoked malt, quite peaty. Mouthfeel is very full, with a surprisingly dry finish. Not the most drinkable of beers, a true palate wrecker, you want this to be your last beer of the night, with a good cigar by the fireplace. Worth a try.

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Auld Reekie from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4 ratings