Full Review

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Cinder Bock

Category: Rauchbier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.5%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative
2017 Best Lager & 2017 Top 2 Best Ale & 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer & 2017 Top 3 Best Beer

Samuel Adams
Cinder Bock

Category: Rauchbier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.5%
Hazy sunburst color. Attractive, smoky, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked meats, sausages and nuts, caramelized dried fruits, and apple butter on raisin toast with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very long finish revealing suggestions of chocolate custard and orange peels, sweet bbq rub, and white ash finish. A superb smoky beer with great chewy, fruity, and smoky malt abounding with finesse and fine balance.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: smoked meats, sausages and nuts, caramelized dried fruits, and apple butter on raisin toast
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of chocolate custard and orange peels, sweet bbq rub, and white ash
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze, Smoked Turkey Quiche, Blue Cheese
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superb smoky beer with great chewy, fruity, and smoky malt abounding with finesse and fine balance.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Rauchbier

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Serve in a Nonic Pint Glass
Rauchbiers are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 5-6%. These beers are characterized by assertive smoky aromas and flavors resulting from a portion of the malted barley kilned by Beechwood-fueled fires. The intensity of smoked flavors and aromas greatly vary and are generally balanced by a sweet malty framework. Originating in Bamberg, these beers can be described as smoked märzen style lagers. Rauchbiers are still brewed in the traditional manner by many breweries centered around Bamberg, though many brewers in other parts of the world have begun to make similarly styled beers. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Spezial Rauchbier Märzen, Fort Collins Out of Ashes Rauchbier and Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier.