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Smoke On The Bayou | Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Smoke On The BayouSmoke On The Bayou

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Texas, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by champ103 on 10-07-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 74
Photo of bks71
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm never a fan of Scotch Ales, but received this as a gift. Actually not bad, maybe the best Scotch Ale I've had. Not sure about the "taste of Houston" thing on the label - being from Dallas, that is not a city I really want to taste ;)

Not bad, but not one I'll go seeking out.

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Photo of SvenHayden
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am not so much a sour ale kind of guy & this ale has sour yeast in it, but man does this beer makes sense. The sour note goes so well with the caramel malt & the hint of smoke.

Appearance-Light tan quarter-inch Head of foam. Sexy hue of amber/dark red, ranges from orangey pekoe tea to rich mohogany to dark ruby red.

Smell-man, an interesting tart apple aroma! Sweet smoke, mild peat, sweet malt.

Taste-tart, sweet red apple, sweet toasted malts, slightly dry smoke aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-slightly sticky, medium body.

Overall-a truly sexy, light scotch/ red ale with a fun tart twist!

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Photo of Albianfire
2.44/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Paid way too much for this one. Almost $18.00 but it's Friday so there it is. This will be a different review for me but this is how it went so . . .

Appearance: Dark copper, half a finger of head gently poured into a pint glass. Clear and effervescent. Looks inviting!

Aroma: Okay, this is when it starts. Immediately I am 15 years old again sitting in a ditch under a wooden bridge with my friends with a bottle of scotch. Sweet, peaty, alcohol.

Taste: Now I'm under the street lights again age 15 same night. It's 9pm and the lights and neighborhood are spinning. Peaty malt with lime or apple, sour finish. No noticeable hops. Whiskey/scotch predominant. I'm having a flashback and not a good one.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick. Crisp finishing dry for me.

Overall: This was great for a trip back to the 80's with my friends. But, as to enjoying it, sadly I can't say I did. I was hoping for more of the campfire/bacon smoke. And, I have not grown in the palate to enjoy sour notes. But, no regrets :) it's all in the exploration.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep orange reddish gold. Slight chill haze that clears up and leaves a nice clean beer. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Head starts off a massive off-white. Slowly drops to a small 1cm creamy cap. Very slight lacing. Solid retention keeps the cap for the duration.

Smell: Smoke...woody peat. Deeply malty. A ton of caramel, a touch of butterscotch and vanilla. Caramelized and cooked malts. Sweet smoke almost like apple wood. A touch of earth and grass from the hops. A touch of cherry skin with some red apple. A touch of jam. Deeply caramelized sugars. Pushes to toffee and almost touches molasses. Tons more apple as it warms.

Taste: Slightly smoked apple cider. Deeply caramelized. Caramel, toffee, raw sugar, some brown sugar, and a touch of molasses. Sweet without being cloying. A touch of leafy hop with some grassy and slightly earthy elements. Red apple skin and flesh. So much apple. A touch of jammy quality. Smoke is slightly sweet as well...like apple wood. Seriously...apple. A touch of oxidation. Smoke works as a nice compliment to the solid fruity character. A touch of butterscotch and vanilla.A touch of alcohol in the back but it's mellow. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth sip with a surprisingly clean finish. Easy drinking for the style.

Overall: Just a wisp.

Smoke adds a nice element but ultimately loses out to the sweet flavors. Apple.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/14/14

A: Deep brown, dark at its core, with some burnt caramel around the edges - pours with a medium-large, fluffy tan head - keeps a solid cap, leaves some sheets of lacing - pretty

S: Bready with a lot of caramel - not a malt bomb, but there is a definite emphasis on the malts - chewy bread, caramelized malts, caramel candy, molasses - very fruity, with some dark fruits - raisins, plums - nice level of sweetness - utterly lacking smoke, which is a little confusing considering the name of this beer

T: Sweet bread - very grainy - bread, lightly toasted biscuits, caramelized malts, malt extract, caramel candy, molasses - a range of sweetness, with some dark fruit sweetness, and a sweetness reminiscent of maple syrup - not exactly what I would expect in a Scotch ale, but whatever

M: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes with some sweetness and booze

O: Sweet buffalo juice

This is odd. It's interesting, but it almost feels like it needs more time to develop. And it also needs smoke. Regardless, I like it.

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Photo of bens0n
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

This was one of my most anticipated offerings when I visited the brewery.

The website describes it as a malt bomb, as a big fan of scotch ales, I was really looking forward to an explosion of rich malts, butterscotch, toffee, coffee, and obviously other boozy and scotchy notes.

Appearance wise, its a pretty light brown color, not too much head, doesn't look too special or great. Was expecting it to be a bit darker than it was.

On the nose theres not much going on, pretty bland, mild bready malt you can pick up, nothing burnt, toasty or scotchy. Again, very disappointed, wasn't even any boozy note either.

Flavor wise its more of the same, just mild. I couldn't pick up on any distinct qualities that every other scotch ale I've tried. Its not scotchy or boozy, nor is it the 'malt bomb' that I was expecting.

Mouthfeel wise its pretty thin and watery, definitely a sessionable beer, but not a good scotch ale.

To put this in analogy form

Instead of a burly, bearded, red haired, kilt wearing scotsman playing a bagpipe with a highlander-esque battle going on in the background.

Its a scrawny old man in a kilt, whos not even scottish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap and an uninteresting label acquired at a local bottle shop for $10.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. I've only had one beer from this brewery before, and it was average, so expectations for this beer are also average. No style is indicated on the bottle. Reviewed as a scotch ale since Buffalo Bayou's website identifies it as such.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour, decent creaminess, nice thickness, and good (~5-6+ minute) retention.

Body colour is a rich dark amber with some visible floating yeast particles. It looks nice when backlit. Translucent but nontransparent.

Overall, it's an atypical but appealing appearance for a scotch ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Caramel, toffee, gingerbread, biscuit malt, toasted malt, marshmallow, cream, succulent coffee, nougat, maple syrup, and maple wood. It's really evocative and inviting; the maple and caramel in particular are lovely. Brown malts. Brown bread. Some malty sweetness. I also get hints of sweet herbal roots (e.g. sassafras) that really complement the caramel well.

There are notes here which are beyond my ability to identify, but which suit the style well. I'll take a stab: Vanilla. Caramelized green apple. Ripe fruit. Brown sugar. Cinnamon? Pear. Taffy.

I don't pick up on any smokiness at all. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

T: Caramel, green apple (with an accompanying tart sourness), brown malts, amber malts, toffee, hints of marshmallow, and syrupy notes. For a wee heavy, it's not built very well. It has a fair balance and cohesion, but lacks subtlety, complexity, intricacy, and depth. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Poor amplitude. Green apple just does not work in a wee heavy. The caramel seemed a lot better on the aroma than it is here in the taste.

I have split opinions about this one, but ultimately I don't really like it - even outside of style conventions. It seems to lack a focus, and the balance just isn't what it needs to be.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off flavours come through.

It's a bit too sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Moderate weight on the palate. Unrefreshing. Has a nice softness to it. Nicely creamy.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, chewy, or harsh.

Overall, it has a decent presence on the palate, but this texture just isn't ideal for the style or for this beer's taste.

Dr: Certainly drinkable - I'll easily finish this bottle alone - but I definitely wouldn't buy it again. Green apple just doesn't suit a wee heavy at all, and this doesn't feel like it has much care or deliberation behind it. The caramel just isn't executed well (contrary to what the aroma suggests). It's better work than their quadrupel, but Buffalo Bayou has yet to impress me.

This might develop with time.


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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one offers the taste of Houston on the label, which being from houston, kind of scared me ;-)

This one pours a blackish tan with a nice decent head that settles a bit fast leaving a moderate lacing down the glass.

The nose is definitely smoky malt and hops , spice and malt blend that is not powerful, but is good.

The taste is pleasantly bitter which dominates the nicely toasted malts that leave a very complex and dry flavor to satiate the palate.

The moutfeel is rich and not heavy. Just right for this one.

Overall a very drinkable beer that I will definitely be drinking again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear copper color with a modest cap of light beige head. Not much for retention and lace.

I am perplexed by this odd tropical fruitiness...pineapple and mango - where the f*** did these aromas come from? Malts are vanilla, with a light caramel apple nose. Interesting and not at all what I was expecting...where is the smoke? Where is the wee heavy??

Taste gets a little back on track with a nice fruity scotch ale base with a hint of smokiness. I still cant figure out why there is such a disconnect between the flavor and the nose, but man is it a big disparity. The smoke is incredibly light unfortunately, and the malt is more 60 shilling than wee heavy. For 10+ bucks a bomber I was hoping for a little more umph. This is utterly unimpressive and pretty much an embarrassment at that price point. Ive had better Brown Ales....really?? Shame on you Buffalo Bayou.

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Photo of champ103
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant.

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Good rings of lace are left behind.
S: Sweet malt up front and dominate. Granulated sugar crystals. Yep, lots of sweetness, and alcohol.
T: Follows the nose with tons of sweetness. Basically cloying. Granulated brown sugar, along with some solvent like alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pretty thin and watery though. Easy enough to sip on even with the alcohol, but not something I care to finish.

I am not a smoke head at all, though there is no hint of that anywhere here. As far as being a Wee Heavy, well it is sweet. Though nothing else that would put it in that category. Really, this is not bad, just no smoke, and no Wee Heavy character. Just another average beer from Buffalo Bayou.

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Smoke On The Bayou from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
3.27 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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