Gravel Road | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Sweasty on 07-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
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1
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8
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Pint on tap

Look- Brown/ruby brown, crystal clear. Burnished mahogany- Nice red tint. Served without head, sparse lacing.

Smell- Nutty, raisin, rye toast, maple.

Taste- Roasty-toasty, caramel maple. Brandylike, lightly sweet, caraway seed, sarsaparilla, marshmallow, chocolate covered raisins. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full, slick, rish, chewy. Mild booze on the back end. Rich feel, medium carb.

Overall- More of a stickebeer than what I would consider an alt, I almost passed, but I'm glad I didn't. Rich, malty, substantial, almost Scotch ale-like. I'll keep an eye out for this one. Recommended.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to try Rahr’s Gravel Road which is their rendition of a German style brown ale (a.k.a. Altbier) on tap yesterday.

The very dark brown beer was served in a frosted schooner with a large head of light brown foam that persisted for some time. The thick head provided aromas of roasted malt and coffee.

Rahr lists the beer at 7.5% ABV on their website. I have to keep reminding myself that, while thankful for the richness the micro brewing industry has bestowed upon us, the higher ABV percentages do add up quickly and 7.5% means we are consuming almost a full ounce of alcohol with each 12 ounces of beer.

The rich taste conveys roasted malt, coffee bean, and hints of chocolate and a bit of spice.

All of the flavors meld to create a very slightly sweet, malty, rich, full bodied, and lingering mouth feel balanced by a slight hop taste with low carbonation. Very balanced.

I like this beer and will be drinking more of it.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber in color, with a large, tan head, which persists quite well. The head is sticky, rather dense, and resembles a cloud top. The lacing is thick, sticky and Belgian in its appearance.

Aroma: Lots of toasted and dark burnt malts,with toast notes as well. There is a mild herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a toasted malt, or toasted dark bread note, soon followed by a mild current of sweet caramel. This segues into intensely roasted, almost burnt notes which carry to the end of the taste. Finishes with a lingering, sharp metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Seems a bit off-style, the grains seem over-toasted.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rockwell Tavern without knowing the style. Pint glass served a dark crimson color with a dense, tight off-white head. Good looker, pretty clear.

Nose is malty, lightly earthy. Some dark fruits showing through with a burnt caramel aspect. Very little hops…my first guess was a Scottish-style ale.

Taste leans heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum with a nutty yeast flavor and bold, near-burnt toffee…almost like licking a coffee bean….roasted and husky even. Sweetness is low and shows barely a light dusting of cocoa powder. Alcohol is up there, feels around 7% or so. Not bad, not bad…an interesting bockish-scottish ale that drinks pretty decent. I see this is an Altbier here on BA...I can see that, maybe like an Imperial ALtbier of sorts :)

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Gravel Road from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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