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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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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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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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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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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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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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Braustelle – Freigeist Hoppeditz – 4 out of 7

Here’s part 2 of the 5 Freigeist reviews. Hoppeditz is another beer that has the word smoke printed on the label, and was therefore rightfully delivered straight to the Ministry officials at SmokeBeerMinistry for a proper smoke rating. And while … 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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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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Green Jack Brew – Red Herring Smoked Ale (draft) – 4 out of 7

Red Herring beer by Green Jack Brew has been revived to little acclaim. Found at Sergio’s of Louisville, KY USA, this beer came off as a mildly smoky mildly sour beer. It was good smoke though. Nice campfire notes with solid … Continue reading

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Rogue – Chipotle Ale – 4.5 out of 7

I don’t really like pepper beers, but when smoke is involved, SmokeBeerMinistry gets involved, and this one is tasting pretty good. Not too peppery, and even less smoky… Wait, this tastes REALLY peppery, and slightly smoky. I’m drinking. Undeniably chipotle peppery, … 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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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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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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Epic Brewing – Smoked & Oaked Belgian Style Ale – incomplete…

Looks and tastes like Ft. Collins out of the ashes smoked belgian… a lot like it. Its also similar to Ft. Collins other smokebeer Z Lager in a similar weirdness way. Less smoke in this than the two I just … Continue reading

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Big Muddy Brewing – 17ST Smoked Amber Ale – 4 Smokestacks (out of 7)

It’s got a pig on the front, which is great because it reminds me of how much I liked the Charkoota Rye beer by New Holland that was in the very first smokebeer tasting that The Ministry ever held. However, … Continue reading

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Flying Dog Brewery – Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout – 5 out of 7 Smokestacks

Ale brewed with oysters. Not sure if this counts as a smokebeer, but it was another one recommended by the trustworthy community leader at D&Q in Houston, and he described this as a smokebeer, right or wrong. Some samples of … Continue reading

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HaandBryggeriet – ‘norwegian wood’ – 5.5 out of 7 Smokestacks

This traditional Norwegian smoked ale with juniper twigs and berries garnered some Ooh’s and Aah’s when the “pretty autumn color” poured into everyone’s taster glass. Then some frowns cropped up when the subtle charcoal smoky smells were breathed in. I’ve got … Continue reading

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HaandBryggeriet – Røyk Uten ild (Smoke Without Fire) – 4.5 out of 7 Smokestacks

This Norwegian smoked ale is probably as brown as brown can get before turning black. And given that it is so dark, you must watch out for the silt, because it is in there, laying dormant, ready for you to … 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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Fort Collins Brewery – Out Of The Ashes Mesquite Chili Lime Ale – 5 out of 7

I’m not one to rush out and get the chili beer every year that so and so local brewery decides to make one, in fact, I don’t even like them all that much. But certain organizations have found it financially … Continue reading

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