Smoke On The Bayou | Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Texas, United States
buffbrew.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by champ103 on 10-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,960
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
78
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, wood smoke, toasted biscuit, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, and red apple; with lighter notes of molasses, nuttiness, roast, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, wood smoke, toasted biscuit, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, and red apple; with lighter notes of molasses, nuttiness, roast, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, wood smoke, toasted biscuit, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, light molasses/nutty/roast, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Pretty thin and not that rich for the ABV, but not bad. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a very good scotch ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV; with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Very well balanced malts and English yeast complexity, with mild earthy hop balance against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of brew-Ed
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwselke
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bks71
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
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 videofrog
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fargrow
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwarren82
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No head at all; dank sugar nose with little appeal; almost sour off putting flavors. A bad bottle? or a bad concept?

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Photo of Ldgrem
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged 9 months. Mellow Caramel. Little smoke.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SvenHayden
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Daniellobo
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Albianfire
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
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 Nick_Z
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andonato
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BryantForestry
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ShameAndFailure
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%

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Smoke On The Bayou from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 78 ratings