Skip to comments.We're Seeing It Everywhere: Smoked Beer
Posted on 03/04/2014 7:34:33 PM PST by DemforBush
Man has brewed beer for more than a millenniumperhaps even since the Neolithic periodbut the stuff we drink today tastes very different from the brews our ancestors drank...
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I’m not a fan. Give me a nice oatmeal stout, among others.
I hear ye, mate.
Medium-dark beer for me. Surprising, I’ve started checking out Canadian and Alaskan beers. Not bad. Not bad at all.
I can only have a good Islay once a year. It’s worth the wait.
I like more hops weighted beer. I was never any sort of connoisseur at all until I got to be friends with the fellow who is the president of the local Brewers’ Society.
Bamburg Germany is famous for smoked beer. The people were so poor that they fired the malt kilns with wood fires. The smoke flavor in the beer was a result of this.
I like a slight taste of smoke in my beer, especially my Russian Imperial Stouts. However I prefer it be added by aging the beer in a charred whisky barrel.. My favorite is to use a freshly emptied 18 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon from Elijah Craig at Heaven Hill Distillery. Beer aged in one of those barrels for a year has just the proper balance of smoked flavor. It becomes a sipper.
Last summer, I went to Alaska and tried Alaskan Brewery’s Smoked Porter. It was a vintage 2012 22-ounce bottle and it was the BEST smoked ANYTHING that I’ve EVER had in my life. And, I’m a big-time, 30-year veteran of craft beers.
Unfortunately, I live in NY (and I mean that in more ways than one), and I can’t get the stuff delivered to me for less than around $300 a case.
In any case, if you DO love a smoked porter or stout, and you live west of the Mississippi, find a bottle and enjoy a great tasting beer.
Never had heartburn as bad as when I drank the stuff in Bamberg. Plus it tastes plain nasty.
PBR me ASAP.