Archive for the ‘Smoked’ Category


Day #280 – Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

October 8, 2011

I’ve got another Samuel Adams beer for today; the last new one in their seasonal pack.

Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier


This beer is the final new release in the Samuel Adams Seasonal Harvest mix pack. It is classified as a Rauchbier, or a smoked beer. These beers are often made with malts that have been smoked to give it a nice woodsy flavor and aroma. This one has 5.7%.

This beer pours a clear deep ruby red color with a beige type head. It has a lot of carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is certainly smoky. Smoked wood and beef come to mind with heavy malts and some grassy notes. Earth tones perhaps.

Flavor is also smoked with a slight beef jerky flavor as well as wood, oak and outdoors. This is not one of my favorite styles but it falls in line with the others of it’s type. Worth the taste if you’ve never tried the style before.




Day #124 – Ass Kisser Porter Pounder

May 4, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I am going to put off my festivities for one day and will feature a Mexican lager tomorrow, as I am headed to a beer tasting tonight and want to feature a beer that will be opened there.

Ass Kisser Porter Pounder


What an odd name from an odd company!

Ass Kisser Ales came into existence last year. It started off as an enigma, for as I was looking into them last year I noticed they had posted the same mailing address as the Rahr & Sons Brewery. I soon found out that AKA had made a contract with Rahr to where Rahr would brew their beers onsite and AKA would market and sell them under their name. There was some indication of a falling out between the two at one point, but with the release of AKA’s second beer, the tensions seem to be abated.

This beer is classified as a Smoked beer which is a lesser reviewed style for me. Also since it is technically brewed at Rahr this makes it a Texas Beer! The ABV sits at 8.03%. How precise.

Wow so this is the last beer of the night for me, and we’ve already gone through a crapload of beer. I’ll try to post a picture of the tasting later.

The appearance is clear yet reddish brown and dark. It also forms a solid off-white color.

The aroma is quite smoky and beefy. One whiff of this and your stomach will growl. There is a large chocolate malt aroma also. Smells pretty nice.


Flavor is roasted malts, dry bitter and a dark bakers chocolate. It finishes fairly roasty. Ok I’m down with this.


Here’s what’s sitting on the counter after tonight…

And there’s still more sitting on the table!



Day #42 – Blue Star Smoke Dark Ale

February 12, 2011

Well it’s my last evening in San Antonio, so I hit up another brewpub this evening for dinner. This place is called Blue Star Brewing Company and is a fairly trendy place. Lots of tattoos and crazy stuff on the walls. Exciting.

Well tonight I am reviewing their smoked beer, which is a new style for my blog. A smoked beer is typically made by taking the Malta and specialty grains and placing them in a smoker for awhile. This almost always imparts a smoky, beefy aroma and flavor. It’s not the greatest style to gulp down at the end of a long day, but it sure pairs well with Texas BBQ!

Blue Star Smoke Dark Ale

This beer pours a dark amber/copper color with a white film of head spread evenly across the top.

Aroma makes itself known right away. I pick up a lot of spicy beef smoke with some peppery elements and a tad bit of dishwater. Not sure what that last aroma is about.

Flavor is immediately a smoked, spicy beef jerky with a dry tingly backbone. It finishes with a fair bit of dryness. Not bad but I would have liked the smokiness to be more thick and tangible. Right now it’s slightly light-bodied, and I want more!!