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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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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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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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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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Arrogant Brewing – 2016 Double Bastard Bigger Longer Uncut – 5.2 out of 7

I liked this beer. I had to get that out of the way before I start insulting Stone Brewing, Arrogant Brewing, the person who named the beer, the graphic designer who isn’t pulling their weight. Hang on, I won’t insult … Continue reading

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Against the Grain – Bo & Luke – 4 out of 7

For all the flack that the beer community gives Against the Grain, they are able to produce ok beers from time to time. Plus, they’ve been able to convince the team over at De Molen brewery to collaborate and produced … Continue reading

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Fort Collins Brewery – Barrel Licked Bock – 4 out of 7 smokestacks

The description on the side of the label reads “warm smoky flavor,” so SmokeBeerMinistry picked this one up. Plus we have a working relationship with Ft. Collins given that they are one of the few breweries who have demonstrated an … Continue reading

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Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Barleywine – 6 out of 7 (not a smokebeer)

In my travels during smokebeer hunts, I stumble across some of the more highly sought after beers. SmokeBeerMinistry’s emphasis will stick with smokebeers, but periodic investigations into all the hubbub will materialize, as seen here. This is an excellent barleywine. … Continue reading

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Victory Brewing Co. – Earth & Flame smoked scotch ale – 5.5 out of 7

Earth & Flame is Victory’s bourbon barrel aged smoked scotch-style ale. It poured nicely from this 1 pint plus 9.4 oz corked bottle and emitted big notes of barrel aging mimicking BCBS. Not too many scents of scotch ale, earth, … 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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Founders – KBS (2016) – 4 out of 7 (nonsmokebeer) smokestacks

Here we are! The highly acclaimed Founders KBS. SmokeBeerMinistry is here to see what all the hubbub is about. We are fully prepared to view KBS from the ‘hey, I love beer’ standpoint, without even the slightest inclination to dock points … Continue reading

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Founders – Backwoods Bastard – 5.1 out of 7 (nonsmokebeer) smokestacks

So this isn’t a smokebeer, but it is barrel aged Dirty Bastard, which notes “hints of smoke and peat,” and, Founders own description includes the word smoke, so here we are. Furthermore, having stumbled across and picking up a KBS … Continue reading

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X Beeriment – Black Force One Smoked Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Edition) – 5.9 out of 7

I like this one better! (better than the Black Force One regular beer which I just reviewed, scroll down for that). That’s one difference I pulled out… the barreled beer is better. Another difference is the viscosity. It poured like … Continue reading

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Birrificio del Ducato – Brett Peat Daydream – 4 out of 7

It’s that Italian beer company again (Birrificio) with a confusing note on the bottle about a 16.5% portion of the beer having been in a scotch whiskey barrel, and NOT a 16.5% abv. The abv is for this 11.2oz bottle … Continue reading

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Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Stout – 5 out of 7

Anybody ever heard of this one? Well, funny story here, 6 or 7 years ago, when I held my first smokebeer tasting ever (even before SmokeBeerMinistry), I hadn’t heard of BCBS. But my friendly beer store guy heard I was … Continue reading

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Ass Kisser – Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoked Porter Ale – 6 out of 7 Smokestacks

Brewers have always known the promise in barrel aging, and I’ll admit that I was not an early adopter primarily because of how haphazardly the process is deployed by so many. Some have long since perfected the process, nonetheless when I … Continue reading

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Destihl Brewery – 1920 Stout Imperiale – 5 out of 7

Yep, this beer tastes a lot like the expensive beers are tasting nowadays… the expensive barrel aged ones. At $20 a bottle Destihl really does have to deliver a product that their customer is expecting, which in this case delivers … Continue reading

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XBeeriment – #44 Whisky Barrel Edition Smoked Stout – 5.8 Smokestacks of Happiness

Let me get this straight, bourbon is made in new charred oak barrels (typically aged at least 6 years), after which, these barrels get shipped off and used to hold and age scotch for another 3 years, and then after that … Continue reading

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The Bruery – Smoking Wood – Smoked Imperial Rye Porter Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels – 6 out of 7

This beer is outrageous! Beyond full bodied. The color is the first sign, but did very little to prepare me for what was in store. So outrageous that The Ministry had to add the categories Whisky Barrel Power and Viscosity to … 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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