Tobacco Road | Yellowhammer Brewing

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Tobacco RoadTobacco Road

Brewed by:
Yellowhammer Brewing
Alabama, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ncfranklin on 03-09-2011

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a dark brown color, like a heavy brown ale would look. Not much head on this pour. There isn't much to say about it: it's a somewhat viscous looking dark sienna color.

The aroma is pretty damn intriguing, however. There's tons of caramel -- not caramel/crystal malt, but actual caramel. There's some baking spice here too, and a Snickerdoodle cookie component. Roasted marshmallows too. Lots of sweet notes, and not really much hop character to balance things out (despite the fact this is supposed to be a fairly significantly dry-hopped beer). Some herbal notes help to cut through the sweet baked-goods aromas, but that's it.

The flavor doubles down on those sweet aromas to make something nostalgic. This beer is like liquid smores. Maybe not so much with the graham cracker, but certainly with the chocolate and roasted marshmallow flavors. It isn't nearly as hoppy as the bartender led me to expect, but the finish does have some herbal character.

Overall, this is a fine beer. The alcohol is well-hidden and the flavor is pretty unique. I would love to be able to try one of the barrel-aged versions of this.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint.

A: Small khaki head, burnt amber color caramel pretty decent clarity.

S: Floral resiny hops burnt sugars, sweet toffee.

T: Soft sugars honey, toffee, light floral hops smooth bready malts.

M: Smooth medium feel lowish carbonation.

O: This beer is spectacular its rich toffee flavors with light supporting hops, this beer is smooth and amazing.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark reddish color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is a nice blend of hops, caramel and pine.

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Photo of rworkman
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gerasimos
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into goblet.

A: A deep red mixed with a bit of brown and gold. Very small tan head that sticks around with some lacing.

S: Hops and caramel up front. Citrus and pine both, then a bit of sweetness in the nose. There is a bit of smokiness underneath.

T: Bitter at first, with some nice pine and citrus notes before giving into caramel. Small vanilla note underneath on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body, with a nice rolling smoothness over the tongue. Some tingling from the hops is pleasant.

D: A nice amber with good balance between hops and malt. Plenty of bitter to balance out that load of malt character all over it. Delicious. Really nice job on this one.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is from notes. I honestly have never had an imperial amber before this. I truly loved this brew. The alcohol is hidden very well. Hoppy notes are perfect and the malt us very well balanced. At 9.4% I would never believe it. Yellowhammer did a great job with this brew. I also would like to try some of the barrel aged also.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Brdlist
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of John44
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the second time the other night, and I loved it just as much. Just a great, big beer, with a nice smokiness and caramel flavor that is really memorable. It's also sorta hoppy, which is an added bonus.

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Photo of sburrough
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dj14365
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

L: Much darker then most ambers I've had, a real deep red bordering on brown. Aprox 2 fingers of head, but I tend to pour fairly hard. 2nd pour was closer to 1 finger.

S: Lots of citrus, and sweet on the nose. 1st pour had a off putting smell which I would describe as soapy, which wasn't there on the second softer pour.

T: Really good. A decent amount of hops up front but not at all overpowering, followed up by the citrus. The finish stays around for quite awhile, and I can't quite put my finger on it but it's enjoyable.

O: I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of mmmaaattt
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Nanothaniel
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful amber color, not much head or lacing but still quite appealing.
Smell: Caramel and hops, not exactly balanced but exciting
Taste: One of the most balanced beers I'd put under the description of "malty sweet". The hops punctuate the finish nicely and it doesn't end up cloying. Most beers this sweet would leave me recoiling and dreading the next sip, this one left me falling seamlessly into the next gulp.
Feel: Nice carbonation, good body, solid overall.
Overall: This is a good beer and an excellent representation of its style. When I first picked up that malty sweetness I wanted to dislike this beer, but it conquered my doubts and established itself as a very composed brew. This might very well be one of the best beers with this level of malt presence that managed to be balanced without introducing oak tannins or strong hop presence.

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Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HSVZygurmy
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first experience with Tobacco Road was on a whim when seeking out new local beers.

A: Tawny amber with hues of gold and orange. Outstanding clarity with 1-2 fingers of head and slight to moderate lacing

S: Complex and amazing marriage of citrus, floral, and smokiness with notes of pepper and and earth

T: This where this beer comes to life. The aroma before the taste prepares the palate for the maltiness that's accompanied with a an earthy, spicy, and floral combination. The finish is a great balance between lingering and dry with just enough at the end to leave you wanting more. Malt on the front, flowers/citrus join the malt in the middle, and finishes with a peppery edge.

M: Medium carbonation that allows all the complexity of the beer to intermingle on your tongue. The body is slightly thinner than expected with all the apparent malt. Great progression from the beginning to end that allows all the flavors to be observed without being overly cloying or puckering dry.

O: This is one of my favorite beers at the moment. As a cigar smoker, this beer was made to be sipped with a good medium-full bodied cigar (e.g. Padron '64 Series, Ghurka Anniversary, Uzi). This is one I stow away for myself for a quiet evening on the back porch.

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Photo of bearbeerboss80
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DocAJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of elspaniard
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CowboyRob
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Maegodfrey14
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Tobacco Road from Yellowhammer Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 39 ratings