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El Fumador | Chama River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chama River Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by taxguyjase on 12-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by taxguyjase:
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3.44/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nice bartender brought over this pint, which looked like someone managed to bottle a cloud of black smoke, then topped it off with a creamy tan head. Take a whiff and you'll get aromas of smoke, chocolate, coffee and malt. The beer doesn't have a terribly intense smell, which is ok as the taste definitely makes up for it. You can taste the alcohol, which is mixed in with some caramel, strong coffee and bitter smokiness. That bitterness will stick around in the back of your throat, sorta like a film in your mouth. This was a good beer with a sturdy 7.0% ABV - I think the bitterness threw me off initially, but it ended up being a very enjoyable brew.

Apperance -5.0/5.0 - Perfect pitch black, creamy tan head
Smell - 3.5/5.0 - Smoke, chocolate, coffee, malt - lighter aroma
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Alcohol, caramel, coffee and bitter smokyness
Feel - 3.0/5.0 - Bitterness with an aftertaste that sticks around the back of your throat
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - A good porter, but the bitterness threw me off. This is redeemed by the nice ABV though

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3.48/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

10 oz pour arrives at my table a dark ruby color with a nice cap of frothy tan head. Good retention and shows plenty of thin lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is disappointingly low on the smoke. There is some, but not much. My server mentioned that they used the same recipe as last year and the smoke was more prevalent in the previous batch. This one mainly consists of chocolate malts and a bit of burnt toast. A little bit of peat makes it in there as well. Smells fresh and tasty, but as one who has not found a rauchbier with too much smoke, I could definitely use some more here.

Taste is heavily influenced by roasty malt with plenty of chocolate and coffee. The smoke is more of a complimentary flavor, but adds some char to an already bitter brew. Hops manage to come through, leafy and a bit floral. Much more akin to a porter than rauchbier and needs a bit more sweetness to balance out the heavy roast. Pretty smooth, fresh beer and it was a fun beer to try.

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El Fumador from Chama River Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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