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Port Huron Brewing – Million Dollar Smoked Maiboch (draft) – 4 smokestacks out of 7

I did some travelling and got to squeeze in a few impromptu reviews, also, I had to get these typed before I forgetted. Port Huron Brewery, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (I take issue with both names listed above), pieced together … Continue reading

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Oliphant Brewing – Smoked Wheat Erryday (can) – 2.5 smokestacks out of 7

I didn’t like this one. Why? How the hell would I know? Oliphant Brewing dumped so many unusual ingredients into this beer, how would anyone know what went wrong? Version 4.2.0 Smoked Wheat Erryday The Next Pineappisode could be the name … 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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Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or – Charbonnière – 4.8 smokestacks out of 7

Charbon means charcoal in French, I think. And fume means smoke, maybe. I could ask my fluent wife, but then I’d have to explain why my speech is slurred (because I’m not good at French) and why I’m shirtless and … Continue reading

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Gänstaller Bräu – Franz Xaver smoked märzen – 6.8 out of 7

Franz Xaver smells perfect… the beer, not the dead composer. Bamberg has given the world so much. Gänstaller Bräu of Hallerndorf, Germany resides on the outskirts of Bamberg, the motherland of smokebeer, and perhaps the current home of the Holy Grail … 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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HI WIRE Brewing – Strongman Coffee Milk Stout – 3 out of 7 smokestacks

Yeah, I didn’t like this one, and I’m totally into strongman feats of strength. I like beers that taste like smoke, cheap black coffee, NHRA Top Fuel Dragster drag racing, and strongman competitions, so pretty much, I am ready for … 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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Wooha Brewing Co. – Porter – 3.75 out of 7 smokestacks

Back in the sanctuary for this review, which caused Buddha Blue Light to pulsate. Wooha Brewing Co. (which I have a hard time saying without hearing Busta Rhymes voice in my head) of Scotland, brews four beers: Wheat, IPA, Lager, … Continue reading

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Ommegang – Smoked Porter – 4 smokestacks (out of 7)

Ommegang is one of the most respected breweries in the US, so I was thrilled to get their take on a smoked porter. And with a noted concern for my own biases for not only Ommegang, but all Belgian beers … Continue reading

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Jackie O’s Brewery – Wood Burner (bourbon barrel) – 4.75 smokestacks out of 7

Upon opening this highly anticipated smokebeer, one speculated if this beer, Bourbon Barrel Wood Burner by Jackie O’s Brewery, would take the paint off of a car. Some were repulsed by this inquiry, but others were intrigued. This dark-as-hell barrel … 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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Monday Night Brewing – Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt – 4.5 smokestacks out of 7

This beer was a gusher. Upon opening, the fizzle rose higher and higher up the neck of the bottle, slowly foamed up, out, and down the side, which happens. I checked for additional signs to warrant a drain pour, but … 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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DeDues – Tocatta Smoked Ale – 6 out of 7

Tocatta Smoked Ale by Cerveses DeDues of Sant Esteve, Spain was recently received, where we discovered virtually all memory of this organization has nearly dissipated from the internet. Thankfully, I got a hold of it before it was too late, … Continue reading

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Sam Adams – Smoked Lager – 4.5 smokestacks (out of 7)

I had to buy a whole 12 pack again just to get this one beer. Although not convenient, this won’t stop me from drinking the 5 other kinds from this variety pack. This smoked lager beer (lager = bottom fermenting) … Continue reading

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Mile Wide Beer Co. – Path of the Righteous Man smoked rye amber ale – 3 out of 7

Another can, or actually a crowler, which is the 32 oz beer holding vessel that Mile Wide Beer Co. of Louisville, KY has chosen to distribute this smoked beer in, unless you can find it on tap. And this beer … Continue reading

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Blue Blood Brewing – Smoked Marzen – 4.2 smokestacks (out of 7)

Found one in a can! Which is fun, because it’s so rare, but its really not that exciting because the canned smokebeers I’ve had have all been below average. And this one, which is only the 6th can in a … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Trumpet – War Horn – 3 out of 7

The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co. of Merrillville, IN has been received into the tabernacle with War Horn, a less than average smoked porter. Although printed on the bottle as “porter” the website clearly states that this beer is a smoked … Continue reading

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Klostergarden – Alstadberger – 6.75 out of 7 smokestacks

Alstadberger is really good. Klostergarden is a great example of an organization that focused so closely on honing their craft of this beer, that they were able to refine this into a world leading example of smokebeer. Some brewers simply … Continue reading

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Birra del Convento – Carrobiolo O.G. 1111 – 7 out of 7 smokestacks

Nectar of the Gods right here. This is the best beer SmokeBeerMinistry had in 2017. Carrobiolo O.G. 1111 is a beer demon that devoured a bunch of other beers and grew stronger. I can taste Fort Collins in there, Schlenkerla, … 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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B. Nektar – Cherry Chipotle – 2.25 smokestacks of mead

Little twist here, clearly this will receive the ‘not a smokebeer’ tag, but technically this isn’t even a beer. It’s a mead. Nonetheless, the infallible palate of the Ministry has an opinion to share about this libation based on the … Continue reading

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Moody Tongue – Applewood Gold (bottle) – 4.4 smokestacks out of 7

This beer is different from the last one I had on draft about a year ago, and this is for the better. Last years Applewood Gold had flavors dissipate into the ether from what I recall, and if I were … Continue reading

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Tioga-Sequoia Brewing – SMOKE CHASER Reserve Double Barrel – 3.5 smokestacks out of 7

Part 3 for the SMOKE CHASER barrel variants, and the takeaway is, they’re all the same beer. Without having had the two other versions of this beer in rapid succession (a rye whiskey barrel aged version and a bourbon barrel … Continue reading

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Tioga-Sequoia Brewing – SMOKE CHASER Bourbon Barrel – 3.25 out of 7

Here’s part 2 for SMOKE CHASER, the bourbon barrel aged smoked barley wine beer by Tioga-Sequoia. There are no more than 999 of these still floating around out there, so if you want one, go now, but you should probably read … Continue reading

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Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company – SMOKE CHASER Rye Whiskey Barrel – 3 smokestacks (out of 7)

We have a back to back to back review here with Smoke Chaser, a cherry wood smoked barley wine that’s been aged in a rye whiskey barrel. The other two are of the same beer, one having been aged in … Continue reading

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Saugatuck – Bonfire Brown – 4 smokestacks out of 7

Its got fire in the name. Its got a picture of fire, and some kind of spiritual seance or some shit going on in the picture (which doesn’t indicate smoke, but at least it excites ministers in Smoke Beer Ministry). … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig – Smoked Lager – 3.9 smokestacks out of 7

Not to be confused with the Smoked Rye Lager that The Blind Pig made about 6 months ago, this beer, Smoked Lager, came out just behind the rye in it’s overall score. With a 3.9 smokestack rating (out of 7) … Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Campout Porter – 3.1 smokestacks out of 7

Had to buy a whole 12 pack to get this one beer. In mid 2017 Sierra Nevada put out this special “Beer Camp – Across the World” 12 pack with 12 different kinds of beer in it, all collaborative efforts … 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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Brewery Vivant – Undertaker – 4 smokestacks out of 7

Not a smokebeer, but the label says subtle smokiness so this investigation ensued. Undertaker is alright. I’d drink it again. My friend is an undertaker and says people are dying to see him. Probably not the case with this beer, … Continue reading

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Earthen Ales – Ale of the Earth – 3 smokestacks (out of 7)

No ghost writers here. Mike Lorr, friend of the ministry and honorary minister gets all the glory for drinking, evaluating, and writing about this one. All the way up in Traverse City, Michigan, a place called Earthen Ales offers up … Continue reading

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Left Hand Brewing – Fade to Black – 3.9 out of 7 smokestacks

Left Hand makes good beer, and even in this case, well, it’s ok. I sure remember their Smoke Jumper beer, and I remember someone online erroneously claiming that this, Fade to Black, was also a smokebeer. I am here to … Continue reading

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Oskar Blues – Old Chub – 4.4 smokestacks out of 7

Oskar Blues is a well known and fairly well liked brewery out of Colorado. You’ve probably seen their cans out and about, like the green Old Chub, the red and blue Dale’s Pale Ale, and don’t they have a pilsner … 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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Lakefront Brewery – NATHAN Smoked Dark Lager – 6 smokestacks out of 7

For several years now (2017) Lakefront Brewing has been issuing beers in their My Turn series where they allow employees to take turns making a beer of their choice. And two of those were smokebeers that SmokeBeerMinistry was fortunate enough … Continue reading

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Meantime (do-over review) – Old Smoked Bock – 3 out of 7

Well, Meantime Old Smoked Bock is getting better, slightly. This is a do-over review after the last bottle caught some kind of disease, destroying the beer. A friend of the ministry named Mugs requested this beer get a do-over after … 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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Ale Smith – Wee Heavy – 3.5 smokestacks out of 7

Wee Heavy smells like a beer from San Diego, a sweet beer from San Diego. I smell caramel, roasted malts, and something weird. Kinda reminds me of a bunch of Fort Collins beers, along with whatever they use on the … 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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Sixpoint Brewery – The Brunt – 2.5 out of 7 smokestacks

Quick story about Six Point, apparently we have some connection to each other. A friend of the Ministry from NYC mentioned a Madison, Wisconsin, connection to us in reference to Sixpoint’s founder/s, while we were in Houston, TX. Time will … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig Brewery- Smoked Rye Lager – 4.2 smokestacks (out of 7)

Had to go on-site for this review. The Blind Pig brewery of Champaign, Illinois, made another smoked beer and I slipped in there to review it. And they delivered another positive experience no matter how you look at it. Smoked … Continue reading

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Country Boy Brewing – Barreled Jalapeño Smoked Porter – 3 out of 7 smokestacks

This beer smells like peppers, bell peppers, green bell peppers. Taste = peppers, bell peppers, green bell peppers. There is a nice burn to it after a few seconds that helped me get the thought of stringent bell peppers off … Continue reading

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De Molen – Rook & Vuur – 4 out of 7

De Molen’s Rook & Vuur is a smoked ale with chili peppers and as you can see here, I had to let this one settle down before I could even get the entire bottle poured, let alone start to drink … Continue reading

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To Øl – Smoke on the Porter, Fire in the Rye – 6 out of 7

I poured the whole thing down in there, all 0.375 liters. To Øl’s Smoke on the Porter, Fire in the Rye smelled malty-smoky, almost peaty, with a touch of chili in the nose. I took a sip and the first thing … 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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Marz Community Brewing Co. – marzcal kolsch – 3.8 smokestacks out of 7

Gusher! This beer was a gusher. It foamed up and out of the bottle as soon as I opened it, and all over my wife’s library books, actually, I guess they are everybody’s library books. So that sucked. After half … Continue reading

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