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307. Penobscot Bay Brewery Wildfire Rauchbier

Rauchbier is such an interesting and unique style of beer that it is hard to compare it to other styles. The style is known for its smokey taste similar to BBQ meats. I believe the only other Rauchbier I have tried is the Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier which was in last year’s fall variety pack.

Pour has a huge head and is a very deep red / brown color. Aroma has some smokey sweetness and is quite good. The beer itself has big smoke flavor balanced with some nice sweet malts, finish is clean and the carbonation level seems just right. Overall a very good beer from a style that is rarely seen on shelves. 
Pros:  
Original style
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: ???% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: The smokiness and color of Wildfire Rauchbier comes entirely from using only specialty grains. Weyermann Rauchmalz for the signature flavor, Munich for body, Cara-Pils adds richness and Carafa deep color.

Serve with bold, full flavored foods, such as smoked pork, rubs, sausages and steaks.

29. Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

This has to be one of the most interesting beers I have tasted in quite some time. It is a new flavor for Samuel Adams in 2011 and I hope they keep it around for future year. I was not sure what to expect with the name Bonfire Rauchbier but the description Sam Adams has on it’s website is right on (see below). A dark beer with a nice tan head, definitely one of the best beers for color and aroma. The taste is hard to describe but unlike any other beer, smoky flavor with a slight sweetness at the end.
 Food pairings recommended by Samuel Adams are for any BBQ meat and I would certainly agree with that.  If you like different types of beer certainly give this one a try.
Pros: Dark color, Great aroma and original taste.
Cons:  Can only be purchased in a 12 pack with 5 other flavors. Would love to try this beer on draft somewhere.
Alcohol Content: 5.7%
Calories: 213
IBU (Bitterness): 22
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Bold, smoky character with a smooth malty finish.
The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Bonfire Rauchbier is the deep smoky flavor which is balanced by a blend of malts that provide hints of caramel & toffee sweetness.