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Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by HoustonTX on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been a long time since I've done a review of a bottle. This marks the final bottle of Samuel Adams' Harvest Collection 2011, a style I have not tried yet, so I'll try to approach this with an open mind. I always appreciate Samuel Adams' effort of taking on such diverse and unique styles. Date on bottle is Mid-February 2012, so this bottle is about 2 months out-of-date.

Served in the Samuel Adams Sensory Pint Glass at 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a light tan soda-quality head that dissipates almost immediately, leaving nothing but a very busy carbonated surface stream and a slight thin ring around the edges. Color is a glorious shade of deep ruby red through the light, thinning to a deep shade of mahogany orange as the light reflects off the bottom of the glass. Beer is transparent despite being a darker shade of red-orange. There is a very busy level of carbonation arriving in the center of the surface. Appearance is nice for color but certainly lackluster for the head quality, which may be due to age, but is one of the most sorry appearances I have seen to date in just about any craft beer. No lacing either, what gives? 2

(Smell) Aroma is potent, heavy malt aroma with a distinct smoke flavor in the foreground and background. Aroma is most interesting, flavors of dark toasted caramel malts and a medium toffee emphasis would make it seem sweeter than it really is, but it keeps subtle enough on the nose. Smoke also remains a key participant in the aroma but avoids being domineering, lending itself well to the character of the aroma. Hops are subdued if at all present. The smell is actually quite enjoyable if you like smoke aromatics in your beer. 4.5

(Taste) The taste is even more unique. My first impressions are here as if I just took a bite out of a sweetly marinated and smoked slice of meat, simply a robust combination of flavors. The malt character is the front and the smoke flavor lends itself well, segueing to the dominating flavor on the finish, resting with a drop of toffee on the tongue. Despite all the flavor that comes from the malt and smoke character, the beer manages to feel light in flavor, with a lighter body than one would expect. Nothing is overdone here, and the overall product is far more accessible than I had anticipated it would be going in. It has an impressive flavor and one I wouldn't mind trying again very soon. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mostly smooth with a touch of air on the tongue, a well-done pairing of flavor and texture. Alcohol presence is low, and body is slightly below medium, short of the little more body that it needs to be ideal. Overall it has spot-on texture, manages to be subtle enough to savor the smoke and malt but lively enough to remind me that I'm not drinking a flat beer. Great. 4

(Overall) I really love the small niche styles like this. It's a well done interpretation of what I hope the Rauchbier style is all about. My biggest critique is on the pathetic head which took away from an extraordinary appearance as well as the body which could have been amped up a bit for an even fuller flavor. I will cross my fingers and hope that this is included in next Fall's variety pack (Which at this point is only about 3 months out!). I would certainly recommend trying this wherever it can be found. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

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look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Low overall due to the absolute uniquieness of the beer.

A seasonal beer for a very good reason, this beer would not taste good any other season except for when your picturing yourself around a campfire

This beer is smokey and taste like you are drinking a campfire I had it in a Octoberfest Collection from Sam Adams and drinking more one of these the taste might get bad but one is excellent.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A style I'm trying to familiarize myself with and really can't drink a whole bottle quite yet. I do enjoy the first half and then after that it is too overwhelming for me. Dark orange almost brown pour, nice head. Aroma of smoke is dominant. Flavor is smokey with a bit of sweetness to round it out.

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Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 577 ratings
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