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Samuel Adams – Cinder Bock – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

It’s OK. I’ve had this beer before. I’ve not only had a Cinder Bock by Samuel Adams before (in 2008 if I remember correctly), but I’ve also had beers from other breweries that taste exactly the same as this one, … Continue reading

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Ganstaller Brau – Schwarze 90 = 5 smokestacks out of 7

This beer doesn’t taste smoked. And that’s mostly because it’s not a smoked beer, but it is made by one of the most reputable brewers who happens to have a solid selection of smoky beers, so you can say that … Continue reading

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Dovetail Brewery – Flanders Rauch X01 -5 smokestacks out of 7

This is the last review of the Dovetail Brewery tabernacle takeover month, where SmokeBeerMinistry reviewed 4 different beers from Dovetail that are all smokebeers in some capacity. And this review in particular spilled into the next month because I didn’t … Continue reading

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Dovetail – Rauchbier – 5.5 smokestacks out of 7

Week 2 of Dovetail’s tabernacle takeover month delivers another properly named beer. Rauchbier by Dovetail Brewery is the name of this beer and Rauchbier is the name of this kind of beer, leaving no unanswered questions to customers who also … Continue reading

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Dovetail Brewery – Grodziskie – 5 out of 7

Another tabernacle takeover month with Dovetail Brewery this time. This crew buckled down and cranked out 4 unique smokebeers at the same time, much to SmokeBeerMinistry’s surprise. And, you gotta love the names of these beers. Calling a spade a … Continue reading

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Off Color Brewing – Class War – 5.5 smokestacks out of 7

This beer is good. A group out of Chicago called Off Color Brewing whipped this one up and were sure to pack in all the necessary ingredients to set this off right. This beer called Class War could benefit from … Continue reading

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Left Hand Brewing – Smoke Jumper (draft) – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

Found this on tap. I remember having this in a 22oz bomber a few years back, and I liked it enough to have picked up a few more since then. One bottle happens to be in my bunker right now. … Continue reading

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De Molen – Spanning & Sensatie – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

This is the final of 5 De Molen beer reviews, completing Tabernacle Takeover month with a respectable entrant, Spanning & Sensatie (Excitement & Sensation literally, Thrills and Spills in meaning). This beer is a solid smoked beer, with some bitter … Continue reading

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De Molen – Hemel & Aarde – 5.85 smokestacks out of 7

Hemel & Aarde (Heaven & Earth) smells like the best smokebeer that I’ve had come from De Molen to date. As we continue tabernacle takeover month with De Molen Brouwerij and their host of beers that taste smoky, we find … Continue reading

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De Molen – Bloed, Zweet & Tranen – 5.75 smokestacks out of 7

De Molen tabernacle takeover month continues with this angelically aromatic beer! Smoky. Like a full on rauchbier, which really is the main direction that SmokeBeerMinistry is driving at; think campfires, charcoal grills, and smokehouses. Although there are some beers with … Continue reading

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De Molen – Hel & Verdoemenis – 5.5 smokestacks

Smells like good beer. Although I saw a few globs of somethin’ anuther’ flop down into my glass when it was poured, it smelled alright… I’m pretty sure I say “it smells alright” before I eat something way too often, … Continue reading

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Bell’s – Black Note Stout – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

What’s all the brouhaha about this one? It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but I must report that this beer does not bring anything new to the table that any number of barrel aged stouts deliver. In my world, this … Continue reading

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Voodoo Brewery – Big Black Voodoo Daddy – 5.75 out of 7

What’s not to like about Voodoo Brewery? These are the people who brought you Man Bear Pig, a highly sought after rare beer that I’ll almost certainly never have. And these might be the people who drove the secondary price … Continue reading

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Gänstaller Bräu – Affumicator smoked dopplebock – 5.2 smokestacks out of 7

It’s not bad. I have to start with that phrase because the pour was pretty cloudy with a bunch of flakes in it. I did what I could to keep those bits in the bottom of the bottle, but the … Continue reading

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Aecht Schlenkerla – Helles Lagerbier (can) – 5* smokestacks

Another rendition of the famed Schlenkerla beer seen here in a can has just garnered high marks from SmokeBeerMinistry, 5 of them marks to be exact. This canned Helles (German for light in color) Lagerbier is important to note because … Continue reading

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Amager Bryghus – The Amazing Gotland Campfire Beer – 5 smokestacks out of 7

It’s smoky. Wow, like full-on. Woo doggies! Is this a Gotlandsdricka? Because if so, this is smokier than I would expect. Historically Swedish, and from the island Gotland in the Baltic sea, Gotlandsdricka is a traditional smoky ale with very … Continue reading

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Flying Dog – Sweet & Smoky Stout – 5 smokestacks out of 7

Flying Dog Brewery and SmokeBeerMinistry go waaaaay back. All the way back to the first SmokeBeerMinistry tasting ever. Dog Schwarz was a smoked double lager that wowed the congregation almost a decade ago, and has since been fresh in the … Continue reading

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Yellow Springs Brewery – Smokin’ Handsome – 5.8 out of 7

This beer smells like bacon, which is a good sign. In response to my order, the bartender at 101 Beer Kitchen of Columbus, OH said, “Are you sure? It’s REALLY smoky.” I replied that I could handle it given that … Continue reading

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Victory Brewing – Otto Ale – 5.9 smokestacks outta 7

This is good. Even after 6 years of being held up in the supply chain, Otto finally made it into the tabernacle. Victory Brewing whipped this one up back in 2011, Otto Ale, and not until 2017 did this corked … Continue reading

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Birra Troll – Shangrila Fume – 5 smokestacks out of 7

Italians aren’t known for their beer, but the few times that we’ve crossed paths, they seem to deliver smokebeer in good order, so hats off to them. After a ‘who knows how long’ layover at Parti-Pak in Indianapolis, this beer … Continue reading

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2nd Story Brewing – Old City is Burning – 5.8 smokestacks out of 7

Smells like smoke. Old City is Burning has a nice medium malty character that distinguishes itself early on in the tasting of this one. This beer really distinguishes itself as a true rauchbier, which is at the heart of what … Continue reading

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Harmony Brewing Company – Black Squirrel Smoked Porter – 5.5 smokestacks

Erected inside an old sausage factory, the aromas of Harmony might remind you of an old pub in Germany. But, as you may have guessed, Harmony is one of the many places that have opened recently. Established in Grand Rapids, … Continue reading

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Pipeworks – Smoke Break Abduction – 5.5 smokestacks

Pipeworks Brewing Company whipped up a smoked imperial stout brewed with cherrywood, beechwood, and oak smoked malts and named it Smoke Break Abduction. This beer pours like Hershey’s syrup releasing few notes of smoke. So few that the smoke may … Continue reading

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Founders – KBS (2017) – 5 smokestacks out of 7

Good news to report here: This is just about the same beer as it was last year. Before you reply “No shit” please realize that consistency is a major hurdle for brewers, in fact some breweries have completely given up … Continue reading

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Pipeworks – Chipotle Smoked Porter – 5.5 out of 7

If there ever was a chance for a Pipeworks success, this was it. After delivering 3 consecutive shelf turds, Pipeworks finally stumbles across a working recipe. And my state of mind was primed to like just about anything after 10 … Continue reading

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Stillwater Artisanal – Fear of Ghosts – 5 smokestacks (out of 7)

Stillwater Artisanal’s Fear of Ghosts beer is a smoked sour farmhouse wheat ale, and that description written on the bottle is half of my review right there. Sour notes found their way to my olfactory glands seconds after popping the … Continue reading

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Wild Heaven – Funkenrauch – 5.85 out of 7

Funkenrauch is a smoked wild ale aged in bordeaux barrels which smells great with moderate notes of campfire wafting around; smells better than it tastes, not to take anything away from the taste (5.85 overall is a solid score, and … Continue reading

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Arrogant Brewing – 2016 Double Bastard Bigger Longer Uncut – 5.2 out of 7

I liked this beer. I had to get that out of the way before I start insulting Stone Brewing, Arrogant Brewing, the person who named the beer, the graphic designer who isn’t pulling their weight. Hang on, I won’t insult … Continue reading

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Jester King – Gotlandsdricka smoked farmhouse ale – 5.5 out of 7

Gotlandstricka “Drink of the Land of Goths” or “Drink of the Good Lands” presents a beer inspired by the beer that the Vikings may have had. This beer is different, and good. Smoke smell wafts out upon opening the bottle … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stillwater Artisanal – Surround – Oak Smoked Imperial Wheat Stout – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

This beer is for the grown folks. The word wheat might throw you off a bit because this is not a beer that wheat lovers are looking for. I’d like to give Surround to an unsuspecting wheatie and see their … Continue reading

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Braustelle – Freigeist Abraxxxas Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse – 5 out of 7

Freigeist Abraxxxas is a lichtenhainer kind of beer, which is apparently slightly different from gratzers (both are kinds of smoked beers with high wheat content and a sour taste). Abraxxxas comes off as extremely similar, delivering the same compulsion to … Continue reading

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Nils Oscar Company – Rökporter (Smoked Porter) – 5 out of 7 smokestacks

I barely get to conduct these beer blogs anymore. My job is taking up all my drinking time. This is a pretty good beer. This dark Swedish beer (the Swedes aren’t known for their beer, are they?) comes off smoky, … Continue reading

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Dark Horse Brewery – FORE Smoked Stout – 5.7 Smokestacks of Happiness

Here’s a robust, knock your socks off, kind of beer. Fore Smoked Stout wow’d the 3 newly ordained ministers just by watching it pour. It pours like syrup, coating the inside of the glass with a sweet smelling, used motor … Continue reading

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O’Fallon – SMOKE – 5.75 Smokestacks of Happiness

This smokebeer would score higher if The WitchDoctor were running a monarchy, but he isn’t. I’ll let the people speak via quotation marks posted on this website. “This one clearly made my wife hallucinate.”, “Smooth.”, “Certainly an excellent.”, “Great distribution.”, “Too … Continue reading

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XBeeriment – #44 Whisky Barrel Edition Smoked Stout – 5.8 Smokestacks of Happiness

Let me get this straight, bourbon is made in new charred oak barrels (typically aged at least 6 years), after which, these barrels get shipped off and used to hold and age scotch for another 3 years, and then after that … Continue reading

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Evil Twin Brewing – Ashtray Heart Smoked Porter – 5.5 Smokestacks

Smells like a roasted porter, but not so much like a smoked porter. Ashtray, as unappetizing as it may sound is fairly accurate considering the malty, roasted, ashy taste. Sweetness also comes through and makes me smile a bit. And … Continue reading

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