Today was a decently productive afternoon. I went to class, moved my cat to his new palatial residence and did some homework. My cat was so cute. He kept going up and down the stairs because he’s never seen stairs before. So, I’m reviewing a bit early today. Today’s selection is Weyerbacher’s Fireside Ale. I’m a big fan of smoked beers, so I have high expectations for this one.
Style: Smoked Beer
Trivia: According to Weyerbacher, “This fantastic brew began its life as ‘Charlie,’ the third installment of the Brewer’s Select Series. It is now part of our seasonal lineup and will be released in the month of January. It is an intricate dark ale with a touch of smokiness. The rich malt flavor, crisp bitterness and smoke reach perfect equilibrium in this brew. At 7.5% abv, Fireside Ale will warm you up as the temperature drops.”
Random: Hmm…I got a six-pack of this beer in September, which means that it’s probably older. Hopefully due to the higher ABV, it didn’t kick. Although, the other ones that I had from the six-pack were less smoky than I would expect.
This beer poured with a one finger white head, no lacing left on the glass. The body itself is a cloudy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. On the nose, not much smoke. Only really a hint of smoke and some sweeter, maltier smells. On the taste, again, not much smoke. Well, for a smoked beer. I expected more smoke, but there’s really no other flavors. It almost reminds me of a really malty lager. I really don’t know what to think of this beer. The prevalent flavor is definitely smoke, but there’s not much else to it. There’s also not a hint of bitterness, which is odd for an ale. This is definitely not a balanced beer, because whatever flavors were supposed to be there are completely lost. The only positive is that the booze is pretty well hidden behind the smoke. The finish lingers with some smoke, but not much else. Not a fan of this brew at all. It’s almost smoky just for the sake of being smoky, without any other flavors involved. I wouldn’t have this again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0