Fort Collins Brewery – Out of the Ashes Smoked Marzen – 5 out of 7


This evening we have Fort Collins Brewery Out of the Ashes Smoked Marzen shown here in a makeshift tabernacle (original tabernacle is under reconstruction). First off, I want to point out the picture of the poured beer; the visible 3 of 7 opacity rating, which is an improvement from many of the older posts that only show the bottle due to the fact that I pounded the beer before snapping a shot. A lighter color can indicate some commonalities with other beers (oftentimes less smokepower) but it does not detract from the smoke experience at all. And although I have found a number of great smokebeers that rank in at a 6 or 7 in darkness, the lighter hue I find as a pleasant surprise that may draw in drinkers not as sophisticated as us smokestackers with a higher palate. Smell comes in at “5 with campfire plus sweetness” which is just harmonious. And smokepower taste is a very balanced 4 of 7. FCB is going to get a visitation from The Ministry because of their passion for smokepower. They have a number of other smokebeers which rank on the higher side of the scale time and time again. They really deserve a genre of their own, which I shall call “American Smokebeer.” Overall happiness = 5 of 7.

Brewer Fort Collins Brewery
Beer Name Out of the Ashes Smoked Marzen
Brewer’s Description Out of the Ashes is a series of limited release beers that showcase the varied and unique flavors and aromas delivered from malt smoked over wood-burning fires. The newest member of the series, Smoked Marzen, boasts rich, bitter-sweet undertones. A sustaining smoke envelopes the beer like a good sauce compliments your favorite brisket. A classic German style brewed with American boldness.
Food Pairings Brisket, pot brownies, hamburgers
Brewery Location Fort Collins, Colorado
Alcohol content by volume 5.6%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 21
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 3
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 5
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 4
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil) 3
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 5

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