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I like beers that taste like smoke.

Jester King – Simple Means farmhouse altbier w/ smoked malt – 2.5 out of 7

Dry, bitter, tart, with silt. Faint musty smoke smell way down in there. I wondered, “Is there any alcohol in here?” Apparently 5.6%. I like Jester King, they make a great product most of the time, but they didn’t get … Continue reading

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Evil Twin & BFB – From Tennessee With Smoke – 5.6 out of 7

From Tennessee With Smoke is a collaboration beer courtesy of Blackberry Farm Brewery and Evil Twin Brewing. Labeled as a Smoked Farmhouse Ale this beer emits great campfire smell right off the bat. It pours like a thin, bright, blond … Continue reading

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Pretty Things Beer -FUMAPAPA Smoked Imperial Russian Stout – 5.5 out of 7

You can’t get this one anymore, these guys went under. This is the second time that SmokeBeerMinistry has reviewed a beer after the brewery has closed down which is both an indication of our backlog of beers to review, which … Continue reading

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Fort Collins Brewery – Barrel Licked Bock – 4 out of 7 smokestacks

The description on the side of the label reads “warm smoky flavor,” so SmokeBeerMinistry picked this one up. Plus we have a working relationship with Ft. Collins given that they are one of the few breweries who have demonstrated an … Continue reading

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Green Jack Brew – Red Herring Smoked Ale (draft) – 4 out of 7

Red Herring beer by Green Jack Brew has been revived to little acclaim. Found at Sergio’s of Louisville, KY USA, this beer came off as a mildly smoky mildly sour beer. It was good smoke though. Nice campfire notes with solid … Continue reading

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Brouwerij De Molen – Ball & Chain – 5.5 out of 7

This De Molen beer was found at Sergio’s World Beers in Louisville, KY. The big surprise was Sergio’s where there was one of the most impressive selections of beer I’ve ever seen under one roof, and also the beer was … Continue reading

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Moody Tongue – Applewood Gold (draft) – 2.5 smokestacks out of 7

Not much to say about Moody Tongue’s Applewood Gold smoked beer. It scored ones and twos across the board. It was really set up for a win having just stumbled across it at a cool BBQ joint in Louisville, KY. … Continue reading

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Yazoo Brewing – SUE – 6 out of 7 smokestacks

Here’s an interesting review. Four ministers of the ministry were on hand for this tasting. Phrases overheard in the style of Gregorian chant were as follows: “Smooth. Great label. Roasted. Soot. Mellow. The closest thing to the beer I had … Continue reading

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Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Barleywine – 6 out of 7 (not a smokebeer)

In my travels during smokebeer hunts, I stumble across some of the more highly sought after beers. SmokeBeerMinistry’s emphasis will stick with smokebeers, but periodic investigations into all the hubbub will materialize, as seen here. This is an excellent barleywine. … Continue reading

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Pipeworks – The Roister – 2 out of 7 (not a smokebeer)

For starters, roasted does not = smoked. But plenty of good smokebeers come with full-on roasted tastes, plus I stumbled across the word smoke in reviews and descriptions of this beer, and even on The Roisters own label, so I … Continue reading

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Marz Brewing – Smoak Simcoe IPA- 3 out of 7

Smoak Simcoe by Marz Brewing of Chicago is a slightly floral, slightly short on smoke smelling, mostly skunky, less than mediocre IPA beer. A nice frothy head arose which fizzled down to what you see here, which held on for the … Continue reading

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Victory Brewing Co. – Earth & Flame smoked scotch ale – 5.5 out of 7

Earth & Flame is Victory’s bourbon barrel aged smoked scotch-style ale. It poured nicely from this 1 pint plus 9.4 oz corked bottle and emitted big notes of barrel aging mimicking BCBS. Not too many scents of scotch ale, earth, … Continue reading

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Pipeworks – Kwingston’s Kitty Cat INA – 2 out of 7 smokestacks

“Kwingston’s Kitty Cat-INA A meow-Gartita inspired pale ale brewed with agave nectar, smoked wheat, lime, orange zest, and salt” is just about the dumbest thing I’ve seen printed on a bottle since someone put an image of a guy shitting himself on … Continue reading

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Evil Twin Brewing – The Cowboy smoked pilsner- 4.3 out of 7

Floral hoppy notes on top of a nice frothy head. I smell an outdoor celebration beer. The taste jumps in with a bit too much bitterness that I was concerned about given the hops. There is smoke in there, deep, … Continue reading

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YO-HO Brewing – Tokyo Black – 4 out of 7 smokestacks

Dark beer. The head fizzled quickly for me. Smoked malts smells rise up right away. Ashy notes. Hops are done just right, with limited range. This beer is malty, watery (which is fine, especially when you’re thirsty), carbonated. Charcoal flavors. … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bayou – Smoke on the Bayou (Bourbon Barrel) – 3 out of 7

Buffalo Bayou Brewing’s (Houston, TX) Smoke on the Bayou review is a twofer tasting, 1) its a first look at the Smoke on the Bayou Bourbon Barrel Special Batch #1 variant and 2) its a do-over for the paltry score Smoke … Continue reading

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Founders – KBS (2016) – 4 out of 7 (nonsmokebeer) smokestacks

Here we are! The highly acclaimed Founders KBS. SmokeBeerMinistry is here to see what all the hubbub is about. We are fully prepared to view KBS from the ‘hey, I love beer’ standpoint, without even the slightest inclination to dock points … Continue reading

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Founders – Backwoods Bastard – 5.1 out of 7 (nonsmokebeer) smokestacks

So this isn’t a smokebeer, but it is barrel aged Dirty Bastard, which notes “hints of smoke and peat,” and, Founders own description includes the word smoke, so here we are. Furthermore, having stumbled across and picking up a KBS … Continue reading

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Founders – Dirty Bastard – 5 out of 7 (non smokebeer smokestacks)

Revisiting the first ever smokebeer tasting (as seen in “Madison photo and spreadsheet”) you’ll notice Dirty Bastard in the lineup. Reason being, the brewers description includes the phrase “hints of smoke and peat” which is often all it takes to … Continue reading

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X Beeriment – Black Force One Smoked Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Edition) – 5.9 out of 7

I like this one better! (better than the Black Force One regular beer which I just reviewed, scroll down for that). That’s one difference I pulled out… the barreled beer is better. Another difference is the viscosity. It poured like … Continue reading

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X Beeriment – Black Force One Smoked Imperial Stout – 4.8 out of 7

I found a similar beer called #44 barrel edition from XBeeriment a while back, but wasn’t able to get the regular #44 to compare the two, which I even mentioned in the review. Well, persistence paid off because just 2 years … Continue reading

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Tyranena – Benji’s Smoked Imperial Porter brewed with chipotle pepper – 4.9 out of 7

I like this beer. I don’t like the word ballsy on the label, which is their way of describing the entire Brewer’s Gone Wild series of beers. Beer culture does have an irreverent angle to it, but I’d like that … Continue reading

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Mikkeller – Chipotle Porter – 3 out of 7

Below are my thoughts that were jotted down while drinking this beer: Thick beer. Dark thick head. The head is so thick I can’t see my light for the opacity rating. Musty. Hot. Thick. Has Mikkeller ever made the same … Continue reading

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Birrificio del Ducato – Brett Peat Daydream – 4 out of 7

It’s that Italian beer company again (Birrificio) with a confusing note on the bottle about a 16.5% portion of the beer having been in a scotch whiskey barrel, and NOT a 16.5% abv. The abv is for this 11.2oz bottle … Continue reading

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5 Rabbit Brewery – 5 Vulture – 2* out of 7 (not a smokebeer)

So, to start this one off, please note this beer is NOT A SMOKEBEER, and therefore should not be judged against other smokebeers. Therefore this review uses the same metrics, but gives the overall score as if it were a … Continue reading

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Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Stout – 5 out of 7

Anybody ever heard of this one? Well, funny story here, 6 or 7 years ago, when I held my first smokebeer tasting ever (even before SmokeBeerMinistry), I hadn’t heard of BCBS. But my friendly beer store guy heard I was … Continue reading

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The Bling Pig Brewery – Rauchweizen – 5 out of 7

Gotta keep this one brief… Tastes like a wheat beer with smoke down in there somewhere. You will not miss the wheat, it’s a big wheaty beer, which is just fine, pretty sweet. Rauchweizen really reminds me of Crop Circle … Continue reading

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Marz Brewing – Smoke Wheat Everyday – 5.7 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness

If you know Grodziskies (Gratzers), then you’re prepared for this beer. The wheat composition and light power of alcohol compels you to rock back, slouch, and soak in the setting sun. After working all day in my yard, it’s easy … Continue reading

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Stone – 6th Anniversary Porter (Bottle) – 3.5 out of 7

Good news… this beer tastes ALMOST EXACTLY like the Stone 6th Anniversary Porter on draft. It is so similar that I am going to copy and paste most of my review of the draft below. I will say this however, … Continue reading

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Stone – 6th Anniversary Porter (Draft) – 3.5 out of 7

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter tastes a good bit like all their other smoke beers. A little less smoky (4.5 smokestacks of smokepower taste) and more hoppy. It tastes acidic, which makes sense, this recipe is one of their old recipes … Continue reading

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Meantime – Old Smoked Bock – 1 out of 7 (Smokestacks of sadness)

Something went askew with this one. Inside this corked and sealed bottle was a malty, slightly sweet, and completely flat beerish flavored fluid. At first we thought this was a cask style beer, but even those have some fizzle to … Continue reading

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Ass Kisser – Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoked Porter Ale – 6 out of 7 Smokestacks

Brewers have always known the promise in barrel aging, and I’ll admit that I was not an early adopter primarily because of how haphazardly the process is deployed by so many. Some have long since perfected the process, nonetheless when I … Continue reading

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Rogue – Chipotle Ale – 4.5 out of 7

I don’t really like pepper beers, but when smoke is involved, SmokeBeerMinistry gets involved, and this one is tasting pretty good. Not too peppery, and even less smoky… Wait, this tastes REALLY peppery, and slightly smoky. I’m drinking. Undeniably chipotle peppery, … Continue reading

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Le Trou Du Diable – Punkrauch – 4.5 out of 7

I was too excited to let this one wait its turn and had to review it right away. Punkrauch, an unfamiliar beer, comes from an unfamiliar brewer (Le Trou Du Diable), with one badass image on the label. A cool … Continue reading

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Surly Brewing – NEIN Ale (Imperial Smoked Dunkelweizen) – 5 out of 7

Nein, Surly Brewing’s Imperial Smoked Dunkelweizen, is supposed to have smoke in it, and I guess it does. It smells sweet, smoky sweet, and tastes alright. It’s a sweet, smoky, dark, wheat beer with a slight campfire taste. It’s frothy … Continue reading

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Surly Brewing – SMOKE Lager – 6.5 out of 7

I smell it through the bag, baby! Well, maybe not, because it’s not in a bag, and because, I can’t. But for those of you who recognize the reference, the sentiment is the same. Upon opening Surly’s SMOKE, arose the … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig – Smoked Vienna Lager – 5.8 out of 7 smokestacks

This works! Smells just right and with only 23% beechwood smoked malts. Oftentimes brewers use copious amounts of smoked malts and manage to muddle the flavor up so much that its hard to tell if you are even drinking beer. … Continue reading

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Mob Craft – Tapping the Maple (Maple Smoked Beer) – 1.9 out of 7

This recipe does not work. I know this without even tasting this beer because Mob Craft emailed me, and every other customer of this beer, and told us to dump this beer out or else it may explode. Apparently, this … Continue reading

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Gänstaller Bräu – Smoked Imperial India Pale Ale – 5 out of 7

I opened this one up and was greeted with a very pleasant campfire smell which prompted me to say, “oooh!” This bottom fermented Smoked Imperial India Pale Ale poured nice as well and due to my personal pouring technique, the … Continue reading

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Ass Kisser – Stubborn Jack Smoked Porter Ale – 2 out of 7

Smells like a thick, rich, and delicious barrel aged smoked beer. Looks and pours like one too. But the taste… where is the taste? My palate was quite prepared for something at the opposite end of the spectrum, but that … Continue reading

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Jopen / The Monarchy – Grätzer historic ale – 3 out of 7

Its a snow day at SBM, so you are allowed to question The Witchdoctor’s sobriety. A sour bitterness hits you front and center. Smells great. Tastes fine. The bitterness hides the wheat flavors. The smoke stands out. Tiny tiny bit … Continue reading

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Destihl Brewery – 1920 Stout Imperiale – 5 out of 7

Yep, this beer tastes a lot like the expensive beers are tasting nowadays… the expensive barrel aged ones. At $20 a bottle Destihl really does have to deliver a product that their customer is expecting, which in this case delivers … Continue reading

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West O Beer – Smoked Red Ale (Bottle) – 3.2 out of 7 smokestacks

The ministry previously conducted a review of this very beer on draft; results were similar. This is a beer so proud of itself that it boldly displays SMOKED right in front there on the label. West O is granted one … Continue reading

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Firetucker & C.I.B. – Wildfire Smoked Sour Porter – 3.4 out of 7

Off-site review with newly ordained ministers. First off, we don’t like collaboration beers. Why? Well, I haven’t quite worked out my philosophy on this subject yet, but I do believe that in a competitive market, there are winners and losers, … Continue reading

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Emelisse – Rauchbier – 4.9 smokestacks

BTW, I’m still drinkin’. I confessed my sobriety in the last post and plowed right through another review because I love smokebeer AND because my guest bedroom is filling up with rare beers, and I find that a little embarrassing. … Continue reading

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Mikkeller – Rauch Geek – 3 out of 7

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve had a few tonight. One thing about beer reviews is that one’s mood can play into the review. Regardless of my spirits (psychological or ingested), I feel fully prepared to deliver an unbiased … Continue reading

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Epic Brewing – Smoked & Oaked Belgian Style Ale – incomplete…

Looks and tastes like Ft. Collins out of the ashes smoked belgian… a lot like it. Its also similar to Ft. Collins other smokebeer Z Lager in a similar weirdness way. Less smoke in this than the two I just … Continue reading

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Stillwater Artisanal – Readymade: Vacuum – 3 out of 7 smokestacks

At first take, this beer is malty. It poured nice, smelled nice (and malty), had a nice tan head fizzle fairly quickly. Then, after a couple of sips, bitterness cropped up and it never went away. All I could think … Continue reading

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Triptych – Smoke Me Out – 3.5 out of 7 (do-over review)

I had to move to the garage for this one, so you may notice the unfamiliar hoodoo alter. This review is a do-over for Triptych Brewing of Savoy, Illinois. SBM offers do-overs for everyone. This do-over started with a personal … Continue reading

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Samuel Adams – Smokehouse Rauchbier (Longshot Series) – 4.5 out of 7

Who is this pretty boy on the label? His name is Samuel Adams Longshot, and he is the one responsible for the idea of a contest where people send in their homemade beer in search of something Boston Beer Company … Continue reading

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