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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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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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Big Thorn Farm – Smoked Lager – 2 out of 7

Watery. The kind of water without carbonation, you know, water. This beer smelled okay at first, but those hopes were quickly dashed by the taste. I thought that the keg was getting low and would have perhaps kicked myself for … Continue reading

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Burn’Em Brewing – Smoke That Shizz – 2.5 out of 7

False advertisement I tell you. If you bought a BMW and brought it home to discover that you’d been given a Mercedes, you’d be a little bitter (like the beer). Both great cars, but not delivered as advertised. This is … Continue reading

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Terrapin Beer Co. – Smoke on the Porter – Overall score 2.5 smokestacks out of 7

Thank you very much Terrapin for giving smoked beers a chance in your line up, now please get serious about making a good product. I don’t understand how any brewery can put out 60 plus beers (and 25 retired beers) and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brau Brothers Brewing – Bancreagie Peated Scotch Ale – 2 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness

Great beer, but not smoked. This beer looks, smells, and tastes like really good beer (and it is), but the “Peat And Cherry Wood Smoked Malt Blend” (I have no idea why Brau Brothers decided to capitalize every word) offer … Continue reading

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FATE – Gratzer Ale – 2 out of 7

Not much to report about on this one (unless you want to hear about vanity in Boulder, CO brew pubs… It was like a fashion magazine in there). This beer was light on every front. Without a touch of smoke, … Continue reading

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West O Beer – Smoked Red (Draft) – 2 out of 7

The good news is that West O has this same beer in bottle format which is still to be reviewed. Hopefully the score will come out a bit higher from the bottle, but as far as the draft I had … Continue reading

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Stone – Smoked Porter with Chocolate & Orange Peel – 2 out of 7

Tons of slimy orange and brown globs in the bottom… Do I need to keep writing? You’ve already seen what flavors they’ve dumped into their marginally acceptable smoked porter beer, so I don’t know if I need to continue. The … Continue reading

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Fyne Ales Scotland – Fynebank Peat Smoked Golden Ale – 2.5 out of 7

My goal is to drink beers that score a 7 out of 7 smokestack rating; Fynebank falls short. This beer looks and smells like a good fest beer with a touch of peaty smoke on the back end encouraging me … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bayou Brewing – Smoke On The Bayou – 2 Smokestacks (out of 7)

Houston’s Awesome (which references Houston’s underground city slogan “Fuck You, Houston’s Awesome!) So is the barbecue at Beaver’s and Goode Company (awesome). Buffalo Bayou is an awesome name. This beer has a great name, cool waxed cap, and “Smoke” written … Continue reading

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Piwo Grodziskie – Grätzer Ale – 2 Smokestacks (out of 7)

Not long after I discovered smokebeers, I learned the word “rauch” (German for smoke), and then about 10 years passed before I learned the word “Grätzer.” Polish in origin, a Grätzer is a Sour Smoked Wheat Ale (see notes in spreadsheet). … Continue reading

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Birra Del Borgo – Perle ai Porci – Oyster Stout – 2.5 Smokestacks out of 7

So, the best place in Houston, TX to get specialty beers, or any beer for that matter, is my old neighborhood joint D&Q Mini Mart at 806 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77006. The guy who owns the place I consider … Continue reading

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Stone Brewing Co. – Old Guardian (2013) – Oak Smoked Barley Wine Style Ale – 2 out of 7

Sweet, bitter, dry, tart, sour… and really only sweetness belongs in a barley wine. Maybe that’s a sign of the 2013 printed on the bottle? While I drink this my head keeps shaking “no” and I’m not making a pretty … Continue reading

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Against The Grain – Smoke Mac Fannybaw (draft) – 2 out of 7

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse is this pretty cool brewery at Louisville Slugger Field, the minor league baseball stadium, which is apparently head and shoulders above the old place that used to be there. A fairly standard menu with a … Continue reading

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