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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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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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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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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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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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Pipeworks – The Long Hair Affair – 1.8 smokestacks out of 7

If you must put the word hair in the name of your beer, write it like Pipeworks has and make it illegible. The Long Hair Affair is a kolsch beer brewed with hemp seeds and mesquite honey, fermented in oak. … 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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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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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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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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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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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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The Bling Pig Brewery – Rauchweizen – 5 out of 7

Gotta keep this one brief… Tastes like a wheat beer with smoke down in there somewhere. You will not miss the wheat, it’s a big wheaty beer, which is just fine, pretty sweet. Rauchweizen really reminds me of Crop Circle … Continue reading

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Marz Brewing – Smoke Wheat Everyday – 5.7 out of 7 smokestacks of happiness

If you know Grodziskies (Gratzers), then you’re prepared for this beer. The wheat composition and light power of alcohol compels you to rock back, slouch, and soak in the setting sun. After working all day in my yard, it’s easy … Continue reading

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The Blind Pig – Smoked Vienna Lager – 5.8 out of 7 smokestacks

This works! Smells just right and with only 23% beechwood smoked malts. Oftentimes brewers use copious amounts of smoked malts and manage to muddle the flavor up so much that its hard to tell if you are even drinking beer. … 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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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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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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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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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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