This is a tribute to the German Rauchbier (trans: Smoke Beer...big surprise), and dedicated to the fall of the Berlin Wall (label art is of the grafitti that covered the Wall). This was a delicious beer, quite thick. The malts are smoked, which give it the smokey flavor. A co-worker described it as tasting like bacon, which I could kind of see...the thick, North Woods lumberjack style bacon, not the limp crap that most would eat. Anyway, the smokey flavor stuck with it throughout until the end of the glass, when it merged and was taken over by an intense bitter hop flavor. I look forward to trying this again.
Reviewed: May 03, 2003