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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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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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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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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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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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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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Against the Grain – Mac Fanny Baw (bottle) – 3.8 smokestacks out of 7

Against the Grain’s Mac Fanny Baw (bottle) ain’t so bad. A nice campfire smoke taste greets you at the first sip although the smoke smells are more hidden. Bitter flavors are in there too. Then, as I sat there watching … Continue reading

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De Dochter van de Korenaar – Charbon smoked vanilla stout – 3 out of 7 smokestacks

Charbon smells and pours fine, meaning nothing stood out as notable at the start. This beer tastes belgian, like a smoked belgian, with a funny vanilla in it, and do I detect juniper? And now that I have reviewed the … Continue reading

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Benford Brewing – Smoked O’Hickory – 3 out of 7 smokestacks

Only the 5th smokebeer I’ve ever seen in a can (and 2nd this week). That’s unusual. It’s also unusual to see silt pour out of a can, but with beer companies throwing everything and the kitchen sink into the market, … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fort Collins Brewery – Z Smoked Amber Lager – 3 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness

Fort Collins brings all kinds of great beer to the table. Not only do they have a robust selection of different kinds of beer, they also have a healthy library of distinctly unique smokebeers (their Out of the Ashes series … Continue reading

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To Øl – Black Ball Porter – 3 out of 7 smokestacks

Here’s a world traveler that came from across the pond. Black Ball Porter was conceived by To Øl Brewing company of Copenhagen, Denmark, brewed at De Proefbrouwerji in Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium, purchased in Dublin, Ireland, and brought to the US. This is … Continue reading

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Beavertown Brewery – Smog Rocket Smoked Porter – 3 out of 7

Notice the can! The sample is too small to extrapolate statistical conclusions on a smokebeer’s success when sold out of a can or not, but out of the only 2 smokebeers that I’ve ever had out of a can to … Continue reading

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Talon Extra Select Smoked Double Porter – 3.5 out of 7 Smokestacks

Awfully foamy (Bad)! No silt (Good)! 10% Alcohol (Good)! I can’t really taste the booze due to all the flavanoids packed in there. This smokebeer is thick like syrup. Just too crowded with flavor for me to enjoy. Its beating … Continue reading

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Pig Minds Brewing – Smokey Scott – 3 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness

This is a good malty beer, but where is Smokey Scott? He seems to have given up smoking cold turkey. This is a Scottish Ale, not a Scotch Ale; yes there is a difference according to google. If I were … Continue reading

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Triptych – Smoke Me Out (draft) – 3 out of 7

This one earns a 3 out of 7 smokestacks. A little below a middle of the road kind of smokebeer, and an elusive one at that. I’ve only seen this once, at Big Grove Tavern, where it was for a … Continue reading

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Epic Brewing- Smoked Porter – Exponential Series – 3.9 out of 7

It smells like a smoked porter. I smelled the smoke right off the bat, not too heavy, just a hint. As you know, I’m looking for the smoke factor to fall in the overwhelming category, so this falls short on … Continue reading

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Flossmoor Station Brewery – Shadows in the Smoke Smoked Oktoberfest – 3 out of 7

Not much to say about this one. It tastes and smells like a fest beer, where all the left over grain is shoveled into some alcoholic concoction… we celebrate. It’s not a bad beer. Not a lot of smoke (take … Continue reading

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Matten – La Schwortz Biere noire Stout – 3 Smokestacks (out of 7)

Whoa. Ashy. Darkness. Smells like smoke (2 out of 7 smokestacks in smokepower). Carbonated. Makes me burpy. Heavy carbonated. Big bubbles on the George Hamilton head = more burps. Notice the label got all wrinkly because it went on a long, … Continue reading

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Karben4 – Night Call: Smoked Porter (draft) – 3 Smokestacks out of 7

The brewer Karben4 does a pretty okay job in the brewers description. Phrases like “subtle smoke” point out that The Ministry is going to rate the smokepower taste a 1 out of 7 Smokestacks, and “creates new fans of dark … Continue reading

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Ranger Creek – Small Batch Series No. 2 – Texas Farmhouse Ale – 3 out of 7

So this one didn’t do so well. “Subtle smokiness” should be removed from the brewer’s description, along with the two other mentions of the word smoke because they got The Ministry all wound up looking for smoke. However, even with … Continue reading

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Starr Hill Brewery – Smoke Out Rauch Beer – 3 Smokestacks

First thought = Hops? Bitter = Yes. And then I reluctantly acknowledge the smoke (I guess I was just shocked). This beer is like 2 beers in one; One at the top, and one at the bottom. I poured it … Continue reading

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Ass Kisser Beverage Co. – Porter Pounder Smoked Porter – 3.75 out of 7

Well, here it is… The beginning of the release of the smokebeer backlog… Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first. There is no way that Stone Smoked Vanilla beer is better than Smoked Porter Pounder even though the … Continue reading

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Stone – Matt’s Burning Rosids – final score = 3 of 7 smokestacks

In any given week, SmokeBeerMinistry gets at least one reader, so just to get them up to speed, we are currently working through a major backlog of reviewed smokebeers. Matt’s Burning Rosids happens to have a fairly brief review which … Continue reading

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