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OSKAR BLUES THE G’RAUCH IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE

On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, well-done rauchbier/ IPA hybrid (in collaboration with local Colorado brewers, Ska) brings smoky campfire, beechwood and mesquite tones to crisply clean citrus fruiting. Barley-smoked cured meat pleasantry keeps rauchbier likeness lingering longer and stronger than casual orange, grapefruit, peach and apricot illusions.

BARRIER UNDERTOW DUNKEL RAUCH

Trying to succeed as a uniquely hybridized curiosity and doing so for the most part, this ambitious German smoked beer combines its stylish beechwood sear with sweet chocolate malts and dark-toasted wheat sugaring. Hints of cured meat such as salami, sausage and spiced bacon ride alongside ashen campfire wisps. May lack body, but very sessionable as crossover fodder for dunkelweizen fans.

 

BRAUFACTUM ROOG RAUCHWEIZEN

Reclusive, loosely defined, wheat-smoked German lightweight goes for subtler stylistic approach and nearly works as a crossover. But its unspecific peat-smoked cedar char and seared meat niche succumb to wavering flavor profile. Warbled chocolate-spiced malting and nutty fruit sprucing hit a snag, never fully penetrating the surface. Sputtering pecan-buttered almond and chestnut undertones never fully integrate with dried-fruited stewed prune, pureed raisin and dried fig sedation (or tangy red cherry, red apple, navel orange and berry notions). Distant honey-glazed ham and banana nut cake nuances dry up.

CALDERA RAUCH UR BOCK

Elaborate kiln-fired cherrywood and beechwood smokiness inundates outstanding grain-charred bock lager. Damp wood-burnt campfire aromatics surround brown-sugared chocolate malt roast, cured meat glaze and lemon Seltzer twist. Maple-sapped barbecued bacon sweetness and cedar-singed peat mossing deepen heavily smoked mocha finish. One of America’s best rauchbiers.

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(AECHT) SCHLENKERLA FASTENBIER

Astonishingly transformative reddish-browned lenten rauchbier betters tremendous competition with its distinct beechwood-kilned smoked malting, blanketed cured meat sear and peaty challah-breaded amber lagering. Molasses-honeyed bacon grease, glazed ham and salami illusions deeply penetrate the sooty campfire-singed hickory char gripping the backend. Stylistic Band-aid waft awaits.  

EMELISSE RAUCHBIER

Amazingly approachable Bamberg-styled smoked beer offers serene smoked beechwood pleasantry to sweet-spiced chocolate malts. Sooty campfire char deepens oncoming Canadian bacon and cured meat illusions. Sweeter than less defined rauchbiers that suffer from getting washed-out and losing initial smoked pleasantry.