Dragonmead Bishop Bob's Holy Smoke | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a Bamberg-style Rauchbier. The town of Bamberg in Germany originated the style of smoked beers. These beers are made with a dose of smoked barley. Our recipe relies on a light bock recipe for its base and contains about 20% imported smoked barley. The noble German hops are used to balance the taste into a unique beer drinking experience.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by stoutman:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a white head. Aroma of smoked meat and peat. Flavor of salty, smoked meats although it gets sweeter as you taste. The taste has modest levels of malt and a bit of chocolate here and there. A pretty decent smoked beer and certainly sweet. Good with a cheese and sausage platter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hopdog
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of some smoked meat and peaty. Tastes of smoked meat, peat, and some caramel. The smoke was there but not strong. Drinkable if not memorable...

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me say right off the bat that I am a smoked beer fan, when they are done right.

A-Deep, dark copper with a thin light tan head that reduced to a ring and left nice lacing.

S-Pleasant aroma of hickory smoke or smoked sausage.

T-Good stuff, not overly smoked but done "just right". A good sweet maltiness creeps in the balance things out.

M-Medium-light bodied and the only fault of this brew for me. Just a bit on the thin side, would like to have more beef.

D-Nice stuff. A well done rauchbier. Smokiness is done just to a level that it is present and dominant but not overpowering. Good malty sweetness comes in to balance the smoke flavours.

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Photo of mcallister
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown russet colored. Highlights of ruby around the edges. No head at all upon pouring.

Hints of smoke, chocolate, cocoa, and mixed malty aroma. Some dark fruit as well. Nothing exciting however.

Thin and a bit watery but nice flavors with solid balance. Much more chocolate than anticipated. Scoops of fresh vanilla bean. Smoke is present and very nicely integrated. Could have used more carbonation as there was nearly none at all.

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Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jayb
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i asked the bartender for something different, that i have never had. Their smoked beer is what i recieved. He described it was "liquid sausage". reddish brown in color with a tan head that sat atop the brew, but not for long. aroma was of roasted malts and a faint whif of that "liquid sausage". Taste was of lightly roasted coffeebeans, toffee, but not a whole lot of the smoked flavor i was expecting. it was there, it just wasnt the dominant flavoring. Mouthfeel was somehwere between medium and thick. A good beer, a different beer, but not what i expected. ill have to try other samples of smoked beer before i say this was an inadequete example. Enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Clear, dark chestnut beer with a light brown head. Some fine lacing. The aroma is almost all smoke and peat with little room for anything else. There's a lot more going on in the flavour, which is a little nutty, some chocolate, and mildly acidic, but there's still some smokiness. Very dry, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Fairly enjoyable, especially for a style I'm not partial to. It's probably the maltiness that I find most appealing.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany brown pour in a half pint glass. A thin collar of foam atop. Aroma is sweet, malty, with a little bit of roast and definite hints of smoke and herbal goodness. Nice smoked malt flavor -went well with the brisket chili- followed by a clean herbal finish. Not too smoky, indeed a little lighter than anticipated. Definitely worth a pour .

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of senorscientist
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of martyrthisthat
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite smoked beers. There is a sweetness to it which is preferred to to "pork" taste many other smoked beers tend to have. It does come off as a bit watery but I think if it were any richer that it would be too much to handle.

It more s'mores on a campfire than hog roast.

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Photo of walleye
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the tap at the brewery. poured a deep mahogany. aroma, light smoke, malts,sweet chocolate, pears, apples, malts. flavor, hints of smoke, malts,sweet chocolate,apples and pears, this is the 2nd smoked beer I have had and I liked this one. the mouth fel was a little thin

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Photo of BlissJunkie
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Mitchster
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Made with 10% smoked barley? Could have fooled me! I agree with trbeer that this beer is ok, it's just not a rauchbier....it's not even remotely close. The brewers either 1) Have never had Kaiserdom Rauchbier before, or 2) Don't want to lose money on a beer that most people would consider undrinkable. With that in mind....This brew looked nice: clear, chestnut to mahogany in color with auburn accents, forming a light beige head atop small bubbles, but with poor retention and lacing. Aroma is predominantly butterscotch and toffee. Not even a hint of smoke here, folks. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel with a light body. Taste is earthy amber malts with earthy bittering hops and that's about it.

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Photo of Dgiand
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear dark brown with a white head. Aroma of smoked meat and peat. Flavor of salty, smoked meats although it gets sweeter as you progress through the glass. A pretty decent smoked but certainly on the sweet side.

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Photo of lilmul123
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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