Bolero Snort Midnight Mooau

Tonight’s beer is another one from Bolero Snort. I find that I tend to pick up their beers because the labels are cute.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to, “Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus. Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat (beef or veal, see beef cattle), for milk (see dairy cattle), and for hides, which are used to make leather. They are used as riding animals and draft animals (oxen or bullocks, which pull carts, plows and other implements). Another product of cattle is dung, which can be used to create manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious meaning. Cattle, mostly small breeds such as the Miniature Zebu, are kept as pets. Around 10,500 years ago, cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 progenitors in central Anatolia, the Levant and Western Iran. According to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome. Some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth, and cattle raiding consequently one of the earliest forms of theft.”

Random: I’m having a craving for a good steak.

The beer poured with a one finger, wispy, white head. It took awhile to dissipate. The body was reddish-brown and had moderate carbonation. The nose started with a bit of smoke and char. It also had some pineapple notes, but almost like candied pineapple instead of fresh. The taste was much of the same. The fruit took front seat. I specifically picked up pineapple and mango with a sugary sweetness as well. The smoke was there but really needed to be amped up. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with a touch of smoke. A can was $3.37, which came to $.21 per ounce. I just wished this beer had a bit more smoke to it.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Off Color Class War

I got my new shirts from Off Color today and they threw in a free bottle opener, which was very cool. Anyways, review time.

ABV: 10%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gotlandsdricka, or Gotlandsdricke, is the indigenous farmhouse ale of Gotland, the largest island in Sweden. A cousin to the Finnish Sahti, it’s similarly kept alive by a handful of old men and very much in danger of dying off with them. Was taught how to make it by the head brewer at Nårke over the course of several, several beers where he made me run through several books he had with him a the bar despite the fact that a) they were in Swedish b) there were no pictures and c) I don’t speak Swedish. Undeterred, he carried on and felt it was very important to discuss the tradition of brewing dricke and also that there are different sexes of juniper trees. Our version is deeply spicy with both malted and unmalted rye and a hefty addition of juniper but, while rich, finishes dry and fruity thanks to a large honey addition and a portion of malt Dave smoked by hand over pear wood in the backyard. ABV is deceptive and balances against the stonefruit sweetness of dark munich. At 9.5% it should leave you well prepared for the brave new world we’re heading into or at least blissfully despondent. Just remember, vikings didn’t have health insurance either. Gonna go ahead and guess lots of us won’t anymore, so we have priced Class War accordingly. Brewing for the proletariat.”

Random: I love listening to podcasts while I blog.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of ecru colored head that dissipated quickly. A slight crown was left on top of a dark brown head with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was filled with smoke, chocolate and rye. There was some caramel apparent as well. The taste had the same notes as the nose. I picked up a generous amount of smoke, chocolate, rye and caramel. There was a dose of juniper to this as well. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and juniper. A bomber of this was $16.99, which came to $.77 per ounce. I thought this was another interesting beer from Off Color.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Rub

Val and I went to look for wedding bands in Philly and we had a few minutes to kill and stopped at Bainbridge Street Ale House. The font they use for their menu and signs is the same as “American Horror Story.” They were having a coffee beer event and I saw this beer on tap, which I didn’t get to try when it was released in the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “2 cups Ethiopian Sidamo medium roast ground ‘Turkish’, 1 cup organic cocoa powder unsweetened no alkaline, 1/2 cup diamond kosher salt, 1/2 cup organic light brown sugar, 1/4 cup ground black pepper, 3 Tbs organic ground cinnamon, 2 Tbs cayenne, 1 Tbs ground cumin, 1 Tbs garlic powder, 1 cup at flame out and 1/2 cup in secondary for every 20 gallons”

Random: I’m going to have to try this rub on brisket.

The beer poured with a half a finger of than head. It went away quickly and left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brownish-black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was amazing. It had cayenne and cumin with some cinnamon as well. Smoke was present, but not overwhelming. The taste had a lot of balance. It had notes of cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee. It also had some cayenne and cumin. The dark malts paired perfectly with the spice from the rub. The body was thick, but not overly so with a perfect amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cocoa. This was yet another outstanding beer from Carton that pushes the boundaries of beer. This is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Bruery Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged

We managed to pack two boxes today. My plan is to pack things little by little so we’re not pressured to pack everything at once. We also threw a bunch of things out, which means less things to pack. Anyways, back to the beer.


ABV: 14%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with a hefty amount of smoked malt, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer, both in the malting process and the aging process. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile. There are both rye barrel and bourbon barrel aged variations of this beer which are layered with a rounding richness from the spirit that once resided inside of the barrel.”

Random: My other half is making me Heath bar brownies later. I’m very excited.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on my Teku glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation visible. The nose was like sticking your head into a bourbon barrel. It was smoky and oaky. There was a lot of smoked malt and dark chocolate, but the name of this beer was definitely accurate. The taste was even more smoky. It had vanilla and oak and lots of bourbon. It also had a slight medicinal taste to it and had a lot of booze warming that hung around for awhile. After a few sips, the medicinal taste was determined to actually be peat. The body was thinner than necessary with high carbonation. The finish was long with smoke and bourbon. If you like smoky beers or bourbon, this is a beer you will like. But, for $25.99 a bomber, this was an expensive beer which broke down to $1.18 an ounce. Despite this, I’m glad I tried it, but due to the price point, I won’t be rushing to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bayou Teche LA-31 Boucanee

If you follow the blog, you know that I love barbecue and I really like smoked beers. I’ve never had a smoked wheat beer, so this one jumped out at me when we were at Half Time. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “LA-31 Boucanèe is our acknowledgment of the importance of the wild cherry tree to south Louisiana. Using cherry-wood smoked wheat we craft a surprisingly delicious and unique ale. A cold glass of Boucanèe enhances the taste of many local dishes, whether smoked or not. At our brewery, we enjoy pairing it with chicken and sausage gumbo, barbeque, sausage po-boys, and grilled hamburgers. We can no longer even look at a link of boudin without instinctively opening a cold bottle. Available year round.”

Random: I also saw a feature about this brewery on a beer show. Maybe it was “Brewdogs”?

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight crown left on top of the maple colored body with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of wood smoke along with some slight citrus. The taste was intensely smoky. It was like drinking liquid bacon that was extra smoky. There was a touch of wheat to it, but the wood smoke overpowered anything else that might have been in the beer. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with smoke and wood. Although this beer would be a great pairing for barbecue, it could have used more depth. It was $2.69 a bottle, which breaks down to about $.22 per ounce, which isn’t bad at all.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

So, a few weeks ago, the other half and I got engaged. I didn’t know the other half was going to ask and was pretty surprised. So, in addition to trying to find a house, we’re now going to be planning a wedding. Since we’re both control freaks, this should be a lot of fun. I sent her a picture this week of a couple lining up like a football team with their wedding party for a picture. That got immediately vetoed much like this beer did when I offered her a sip. Let’s see if I liked it more than she did.


ABV: 7%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Number Four – Brewed with all malted barley and peat malt (smoked malt). This beer is full bodied with chocolate, roasted barley flavors, and a smokey almost BBQ finish.”

Random: After this one, I just need to try One Oatmeal Stout and Plead The Fifth Imperial Stout to finish the series.

This brew poured with a thick, one finger light brown head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was smoky with oak and cocoa with some espresso. The taste was exactly like the nose. There was smoke, but not as much as I expected. Dark chocolate and espresso with toasted malt came through as well. It was pretty bitter, but very enjoyable. The body was smooth and thick with high carbonation. The finish was long with espresso and smoke. For $3.39 a bottle, this wasn’t a bad price. My only complaint was that it needed a bit more smoke to it, especially being branded as a smoked stout.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie

Once the Eagles hit the third quarter, I needed another beer. I was trying to stick with a session beer ABV, so I picked this one out.


ABV: 4%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to, “Forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, Munich, Germany. Grodziskie or Grätzer is a Sour Smoked Wheat Ale that was brewed in the 1900s in East Prussia and dates back to as early as the 15th century. It was named after the Polish town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski or Grätz in German. Our historic version is brewed according to the German Purity Law with air-dried barley malt & beech smoked wheat malt andhopped with Perle & Saaz. A sour mash is created using the old and forgotten technique called ‘Digerieren.’ Finally a three month aging & maturation process creates a complex sour, smoky & heavily hopped wheat ale.”

Random: I’m not a fan of Rachel Ray, but there’s nothing else on tv yet…

This beer poured with a thick, half finger of pure white head. The body was a very cloudy yellow color with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was like fresh wood smoke with some tartness, which was something I had never really experienced in a beer before. The taste was all smoke up front. There was lots of slightly sweet malt and then a marked taste of soap with yeasty bread dough too. I didn’t get any wheat, just smoke. The body was thin with light carbonation. It had a long, smoky finish. This was an alright beer and definitely interesting but I wouldn’t rush to have again. The soap note in the taste was just too distracting.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Evil Twin The Cowboy

This is the second beer that I’ve reviewed from Evil Twin. One of the things that I find really attractive about them is that their labels are so cool. I can honestly say that’s why I picked this one up. The label was so cool and with it quickly becoming barbecue season, the idea of a smoked pilsner is a really good one. Let’s see if it translated well.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “I need to know what kind of beer cowboys drink, as I have recently become one. I want to be the best cowboy I can be, and I think drinking the correct beer is important. I already have a cowboy hat and a nice big shiny buckle?”

Random: This beer was brewed at Two Roads Brewery in Connecticut.

This brew poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose did not have much to it. There was a little bit of skunk and some smoke with a touch of grassy hop. The taste started like a typical pilsner with some bready malt and grassy hop notes, but then the smoke came through. It wasn’t strong, but really added something to this beer, which would have been a bit boring otherwise. It had a medium thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with smoked malt. This was a decent beer, but nothing mind-blowing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Stillwater/Mikkeller Rauchstar

Work has been crazy lately. Since it’s been so crazy, I’ve been working a minimum of 10-12 hours a day, plus working from home on my days off. I did get a promotion, so at least there’s that, but it’s been really exhausting. I haven’t really been updating the blog or reviewing as many beers as I would like to. This brew was one of the bottles that I brought home from “Of Love and Regret,” while I was on vacation. It’s a collaboration brew between Mikkeller and Stillwater.


ABV: 9.4%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the Stillwater blog, “[This beer is like] a Scandinavian smoked ale brewed with applewood smoked malt and loads of resinous hops.. like a heavy metal BBQ in a pine forest.”

Random: I prefer Almond Joy to Mounds.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger high, foamy tan head that was slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on my nonic Sam Smith pint glass. The body was a dark sienna color with light carbonation visible through the glass. The nose had a lot of smoke, wood and booze to it. It had a touch of burnt chocolate as well, but mostly smoke. The taste was much better than the nose. I got some smoky bacon up front and then goes into some oak and firewood. There was a touch of ash as well. Dark chocolate came through at the end. The body was thick with lighter than expected carbonation. There was also significant booze warming at the end. It had a long boozy finish with oak. This beer was okay, but nothing outstanding, which was surprising given who this one came from. If you like smoke, this is definitely up your alley.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale

Another day done. Nothing all that interesting to report. I’m really liking my Nike Fuelband. It forced me to get my ass out and walk so that I hit my goal. I also love how I can track my progress. As much as I’ve heard other products track more, this really works for me. I’m definitely happy I dropped the cash on this.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.”

Random: My meow is scared of thunder. He acts all tough until there’s a storm.

This brew poured with a huge three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was exactly what you would think it would be…lots of bacon, smoke and sweet maple. The taste was very similar to nose, except in slightly different proportions. The smoke started off quite strongly with some bacon notes and then the sweet maple came on that lasted until the finish. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation on it. The finish was long with sweet maple. I didn’t know what to expect from this beer, but I really liked it. I think it helped that I paired it with a pork dinner as well. It wasn’t a beer that I could have pint after pint, but it was definitely unique and worth a shot. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0